Intermediate | 1 hour
Taught by Nicole Mallalieu
Expert bag maker and pattern designer, Nicole Mallalieu, shares an array of unique tips and tricks to construct your new favorite weekend-away bag. Featuring copious straps, clasps, and pockets, this roomy bag can be customized using a combination of your favorite fabrics. Although it is highly detailed and includes many steps, Nicole’s expert knowledge and extensive teaching experience will give sewists the confidence to make this skill-building bag step by step.
Learn how to:
  • Block fuse and cut fabric accurately and efficiently
  • Make and attach a four-fold bag strap
  • Make and insert an outside zipper pocket to a bag
  • Attach O-rings and snap hooks to a four-fold strap
  • Make and insert bag lining with custom-sized slot pockets
  • Make a steady bag base and insert purse feet
  • Insert a zipper closure to the top of a bag
  • Make and attach an adjustable four-fold shoulder strap using a slider
What You’ll Get:
  • Step-by-step expert instruction on making a weekend-away bag
  • 7 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supplies list and downloadable PDF with pattern pieces ($16 value)
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions, and interact with other students

Sew a Weekender Bag Introduction
Prepare Fabric and Sew Outer Bag
Sew Lining and Finish Bag
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Main fabric: 56” duck cloth, denim, or sateen (any medium-weight fabric slightly heavier than quilting fabric)
  • Contrasting fabric: 27” quilting-weight fabric (or a light sateen or duck cloth)
  • Lining fabric: 50” quilting-weight fabric
  • 100” x 20” fusible woven interfacing (Pellon Shape-Flex)
  • 1 yard fusible fleece (such as Vilene H640 or Pellon 987F)
  • 24" separating or open zipper (for the top of bag)
  • Two 8” dress zippers (for the pockets)
  • 18” x 8 1/2” piece template plastic
  • 18” x 8 1/2” piece Pelmet interfacing (such as Decofuse or Vilene S520)
  • 10” x 4” piece non-woven fusible interfacing (such as Vilense S320 or Pellon Craft-Fuse)
  • 8” x 12” piece fusible webbing
  • Quilt basting spray
  • Two snap hooks with a ½” to 5/8” loop
  • Six large purse feet
  • Two 2” O-rings (1 1/2” minimum)
  • 2” slide adjuster
  • ¼” wide fusible tape
  • Fabric markers or pencils
  • Hera marker (similar to a bone folder)
  • Fabric glue stick pen
  • Office glue stick
  • Hole punch or saddlers punch
  • Tailors awl
  • Seam ripper
  • Pins
  • 5/8” wooden dowel
  • 1” stick of quad molding from a hardware store, for pressing open hard to reach shoulder strap seams
  • Mallet or hammer
  • Quilting ruler
  • Scissors (Nicole uses applique scissors, but normal sewing scissors will work)
  • Rotary cutter and mat
  • Craft knife
  • Rubber gloves
  • Sewing machine
  • Matching thread for both outer fabrics and lining fabric
  • Hand-sewing needles
  • Zipper foot
  • Edge stitching foot (optional, less advanced sewers might find this useful)
  • Iron
  • Ironing surface
  • Pressing cloth
  • PDF Pattern
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