Saturday, November 22, 2008

Amy Butler - Weekender Bag

Pattern Review
Pattern: Amy Butler’s Weekender Travel Bag
Description: The perfect carry-all bag for your next getaway!

Sizing: One size

Instructions: The instructions are very good with concise steps to finish this bag. Check out some updates for this pattern at Amy Butler's website These are mainly for the substitution of Peltex during the absence of Timtex. Sounds like a soap opera! One person is missing and the other is stepping in for the limelight.

Likes/Dislikes: I love the look of this bag, it is the second one I have made. The first was over 2 years ago and the results weren’t as nice. I have learned more patience.

Changes: Let’s see, a couple of changes that were a direct result from making the Sophia first. I used 2 layers of SF-101 interfacing on all the outside fabric layers (quilting cotton weight). If you were using home dec fabric, one layer would be plenty. I think that is in the updated instruction.

I used the Peltex on the main panel and pocket. On the bottom, I did not use the Peltex while sewing it onto the main panel and sides. Instead, I cut 2 layers of Peltex the size of the finished bottom and used spray adhesive to hold them together. I place this double layer in the bottom of the outside of the Weekender (before the lining). Purse feet were inserted into the bottom of the bag, through the double layer of the Peltex and then fastened in place. This somewhat held the Peltex in place but I thought it needed to be a bit better. So I turned the bag wrong side out

again and tacked the Peltex to the seams.

I trimmed away all Peltex from the seam allowances, this helps the SA to lay flat. Also, a welt piping foot or piping foot would be a great help in constructing this bag.

Fabric: A houndstooth quilting cotton.

Conclusion: I love my bag, it has been reunited with the Sophia bag at my friend’s quilt shop. She tells me people are commenting on them all the time. Now I have to get my hubby to take me somewhere, I have luggage will travel.


  1. Oh my! Those pieces are stunning! Gosh I need more time...I wanna make pieces like those!

  2. Yes, a night away somewhere romantic would suit the style of the bags very well. Very smart:)

  3. Great looking bags.

  4. Anonymous9:18 PM

    Gorgeous bags! I love the fabric!

  5. So chic! They look like they'd be fun just to pack.

  6. Beautiful! Both of these patterns are on my list of to-do's! I'm wondering if a garment bag is also in your future????

  7. Fabulous bag - a weekend away is definitely in order for you. Now can I mail you the one I'm working on so you can finish it for me - not sure what the heck I was thinking.