Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Amy Butler Weekender Bag

I am so excited to show you my Amy Butler Weekender bag. I love it and I actually appreciated the challenge it was. Yes, it was a challenge. It is by far the hardest thing I've ever sewn. In a good way, you know?

The piping, handles and lining are Happy Campers Plaid in yellow from American Jane. The outer fabric is by Orla Kierly. She is my all time favorite fabric designer. You make recognize this or this from her collection. I really want that second bag, you know the luggage, but of course I can't afford that. Actually, if I am completely honest, I can't afford anything from Orla Kierly right now but a girl can dream.

A while ago she did some kitchenware designs for Target. My dream come true! It was amazing. Her linens were the best and I got a steal of a deal on a tablecloth. I'm not kidding, it was $4.95 for a massive square tablecloth. I saved that tablecloth knowing I wanted to sew something out of it but I couldn't decide what. I thought about a dress, a trench coat and about a million other things. I'm so glad I saved it. It is perfect for this bag. I totally want to get this to go with it.
Here are the tips I have for constructing the bag.
  • Follow the updated material list on Amy Butler's site.
  • Plan about 5 hours to cut out the fabric. I'm not kidding. I think this took longer than just about any other part of the bag.
  • Go slow. I didn't have to rip out any of the piping because I went slow.
  • Read the instructions over and over again. It will eventually make sense and the information is in there, you just have to find it. There was one step I just didn't get. Thankfully I woke up one morning and it just clicked!


Anonymous said...

Wow. I am definitely impressed! That bag is awesome! And seriously, it looks so good. You did a great job!

So are you going to use it mostly as a travel bag? Or are you using it as a diaper bag?

Danielle said...

Weird. That comment was me, but for some reason it didn't register that I was logged in...

Melanie W. said...

Wow, that is so impressive! It looks so professional, like you bought it. I would never think it was homemade, and I mean that as a compliment!

Larson Family said...

Wow! Love it! I actually got a ton of placemats and coasters at Target from Orla Keily and I love them! I want that bag. If I ever had the money to pay you, would you be willing to make another? I would never use it when you were. :)

Cami said...

Thanks guys! I really appreciate the compliments.

Danielle, I'm probably going to use it more for travel but when we're going somewhere all day I'll probably use this bag. It may also make an appearance at church since I somehow always have way too much stuff to carry.

Melanie, saying it doesn't look handmade is such a compliment. I appreciate it.

Suzy, I would LOVE to make you one! I will have to check to see if I have enough fabric left for the exterior. Or if you want to choose a different fabric, just let me know. :)

Grandma G said...

Great job on your bag! I'm just starting on my first one, and have a quick question for you. Did you lengthen the straps any for it to fit over your shoulder like that? Thanks!


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