June 5, 2013
Making this thing is both totally fun and totally annoying at the same time! Quilting the panels was a lot of fun, kind of a zen bit of sewing to soothe the nerves. Making the handles and piping was a pain in the rear though!
I've already had to use my seam ripper plenty of times. Make sure to read the directions folks! I know every blog post everywhere says that, but really. Read the darn directions before every step! It is so easy to get excited and skip something! (for example, attach the outer pocket before the piping. and dont forget to line the pocket before you attach it. and attach the handles before the pocket.)
First tips for the Weekender bag:
Have lots of thread on hand for the quilting. You'll use tons.
Spray baste that batting down! (especially the long skinny around piece. it likes to shift!)
Finger press instead of iron. Or at least test your batting before ironing over it. I had problems with my batting shrinking. I'm not sure why though, I've used the same batting forever, and not had that problem.
Joanns duck canvas frays like no ones business. Fray check is not really helpful.
I bought a 30" parka zipper and had my husband figure out how to reverse one of the pulls so it zips into the middle instead of the ends. I haven't installed it yet, so I cant say if it works or not...
I used a different method to join the ends of the piping than Amy uses in the directions - I found different instructions