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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Weekender Tote Sew-Along Results

Sew Spoiled blog is hosting a sew-along for her Weekender Tote pattern through the month of May (pattern still available free on her blog!).  I'm a little ahead of the pack and finished my bag last weekend.  It's wonderful as a hip tote or would make a fantastic diaper bag by adding another pocket. I added a burnt flower corsage and think it's great!  On the inside, I also added a little loop to hook my keys on.  No more searching for keys!

I did encounter a few problems in my sewing;  possibly my error in cutting but I thought I had them all cut correctly.  These were minor issues and no problem for intermediate sewers to remedy. 
- Top band was too large for my pleated panels.  I had to cut off about 2 inches, then it matched well.

- Lining top was smaller than my outer bag top, so I trimmed down the outer bag to make them fit nicely.

-Bottom panel:  Just a pet-peeve of mine, but I do not like sewing bag bottom panels.  I find it difficult to get the corners crisp without folds or rounding.  I would much prefer to add 2 inches to the length of the main panels and add gusset corners like I did in Mama's Ruffle Shoulder Bag (example below).  The separate bottom panel does allow you to add a contrasting fabric on the bottom if you choose, but for me gussets are faster and easier.

I would recommend this pattern for intermediate to advanced sewers.  If you've sewn a handbag before you will do fine, but this could be confusing or intimidating for a newbie.  Instructions were good and the pictures helpful.  This is a wonderful free pattern, so get it while you still can!  Other Sew Spoiled patterns are available at her Etsy shop Sew Spoiled.  Her ladybug bags are darling and I really like the Mommy & Me backpacks.  More for my Wish List!

I'm on to my next sew-along , {Make} A Bag Sew Along.  Looks like fun!
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Alisa said...

very cute, looks like you did a really nice job. I like your fabric choices!

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

Love the black and white since those are my wardrobe staples. Can't sew very well but I do want to try and make some totes. Yours turned out beautiful!

concretenprimroses said...

Very striking! Good fabric choices.

Em said...

Now I can make a bag for me, too! Thanks for sharing!

Traci Michele said...

Thanks for stopping by Ordinary Inspirations and entering the giveaway.

I'm now following your blog :-)

Anonymous said...

Great idea adding a loop for your keys! Just what I need.

Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com said...

Thanks for showing us your great bag! I loved the colors you used and the hints on the pattern. It turned out so cute!

Mayya @ Sew Chic and Unique said...

The bag looks great and i need to get started on mine ASAP will try on work on this soon!

Mayya @ Sew Chic and Unique

Dawn said...

I have this pattern and I cant wait to make it! Thank you for showing yours!!

Diane said...

I love totes and this one is adorable.

Thanks for the tut.

I came here via Weekend Wrapup blog party. Hope you can stop by and see me sometimes over at Pittypat Paperie.