The Weekender Bag is made of approximately one gillion pieces that you need to cut out of fabric, interfacing, and foam/batting until you want to beg for mercy. Just FYI.
Here are my main panels:
Yup, I decided to go with the light grey linen. I was advised by wise peeps on Instagram that the stripes might be too crazy-making for my first time around. So although I love a good challenge, I figured that just making this bag with the mods I'm doing is challenge enough. So this is a layer of linen fused to Shape Flex interfacing, then fused to Flex Foam (my sub for batting), then spray basted to duck canvas. I am still debating on quilting this with a loopy meander or with straight lines; because of the sturdiness of the foam, it really doesn't need the quilting for stability.
And here are my exterior pockets:
These are also interfaced with Shape Flex and fused to foam, but I omitted the canvas. I'll be adding piping to tops of the side panel pockets. I'll also be adding a zipper to the top of one of the main panel pockets:
Because the zip I had on hand was 14", and the top of the pocket is 16", I decided that I'll add a couple of tabs of fabric to the ends of the zipper tape to bring it to size. I think this will also reduce the bulk in the seams so I'm thinking I'm pretty clever right about now :-). I'll also be adding magnetic snaps to the interior of the main panel pockets, as I have read other Weekenders mentioning that the pockets can gape from the bag body.
I'm also prepping my linings:
I'm doing a zippered pocket on one side, and a double slip pocket on the other. I've never done a zippered pocket in lining, so this will be yet another new thing to learn, and I'm saving it for last.
Here's the lining with the pocket I know how to do:
I made the pocket smaller than the entire length and width of the panel to keep it from adding to the bulk in the bag seams. Plus, I don't think I really lost a whole lot of storage space by doing this ;-). I sewed 2 pieces of that gorgeous Hello Darling floral fabric right sides together (leaving a hole), flipped it inside out through the hole, then pressed it out. I added a narrow binding to the top (I cut it 1 1/2" and attached with a 1/8" seam), and sewed right down the middle to make 2 pockets. I used my handy-dandy longarm centering measuring tape to figure out middle. Worked like a charm:
BTW, I use Frixon pens to do all of my marking, since the ink disappears when hit by a warm iron. Brilliant!!
Okay, so the imminent future is comprised of figuring out that main panel lining zipper pocket, finishing that main panel exterior "pocket in a pocket" zipper deal, and installing the magnetic clasps. Then I need to quilt my main panels. THEN, I have to make my handles to sew to those main panels. I still need to cut bias strips and make my piping, and once that's done, I can actually start sewing pieces together! :-)