I only gave two big handmade gifts this year (fear not, the other one got tickets to see the men in green chasing a wee oval ball around Wembley in September) Anywho, for my mum I decided to make a weekend bag using some fabric I grabbed in Mandors back in February during a meet up with some local bloggy friends. It’s a polyester/cotton blend (I think it’s Fryetts Balmoral range) which is heavy-weight home decor fabric, a lot like the Moon wool range, but without the eczema side effect that wool gives me. I paired it with some faux leather, lined it with some upholstery linen for the main lining, and some natural cotton for the outer pockets.
On the outside there’s an expanding pocket on one side with snap closures:
And on the other side, there’s a zipped pocket:
The lining has inline pockets on both sides, and a zipped pocket too.
There are handles as well as a removable, adjustable strap, as modelled by mum on Christmas day:
It’s the right size for cabin baggage, as well as useful for taking to a wee weekend getaway, and I’m hoping to have a pattern written up soon.
The bag is perfection and I am really looking forward to taking it on a trip sometime soon; great photography work too in spite of the sitter?
Looks like a brilliant roomy bag!
What a great bag, Katie! I bet your mum loves it. I have been wanting to make a bag like this for awhile, so will wait patiently until your pattern comes out. I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas!
Super bag, love the size – not to large, not to small. I would imagine there even would be room for a wee little bear or two……..
Hugs. Happy New Year
Thank you, I imagine there would be room for quite a hug in there!
Great bag and clearly a perfect Christmas gift!
How cool with the corner patches! I love the fake leather and metal accents, too. 🙂
Ha! Now all it needs is wheels!;)
You go mom!!:)
what a great bag, Katy. It's perfect in every way. I do hope you'll write up the pattern as I'd definitely love to make one.
Lovely bag! Can't wait to see what it looks like on the inside with your pattern. Been seeing a lot of bags lately and it's making me antsy to catch the bag bug myself!
She looks so happy! Now she has to go away and enjoy packing it
Lovely bag! Perfect for a weekend getaway!
Oh, that is certainly one very happy mum! Lovely bag, of course. Now she has no reason not to travel! 🙂
Lovely bag. I was thinking is this one of Katy's designs of did she follow a pattern and you answered my question at the end! I was actually thinking I need to finish the Weekender and or make another weekend type bag. Not sure why I need to given I haven't actually used the last one I made 🙂
Oooh lucky mum!
It's a beautiful bag K. Lovely features. And your mum certainly looks like she's enjoying being a model for the day! Jxo
awww mum looks chuffed! very smart bag missy, good job! x
That's a cracking looking bag!!! And your Mum's a wee sweetheart modelling it.
A super bag. Just right for a weekend or cabin bag. Big enough to take a little friend with you.
The bag is perfect and think of all the Christmas cake and sweets she can bring you when she visits.
love that fabric. Your mum looks like she's pleased with it (and herself). My mum rang two days after Xmas and said "I hope you don't think I'm being tactless but we didn't want your Xmas gift so we're dropping in to return it". Fortunately it wasn't handmade…
goodlooking bag and goodlooking model! The bag looks really well, the wool fabric looks so tactile.
That's a gorgeous bag and what a lovely gift 🙂
The details on this bag are great! I'm excited to hear you're working on a pattern too.
Lucky mum! Looks like a really useful size
Oh, that's such a handy size. I can see this doing really well, Katy!
That is the most stylish bag, beautiful fabric, and the leather detailing is brilliant. Excellent modelling by mum too!
Great bag, Katy. You are good at finding fab fabric for your bags……and I think a pattern would be a really good idea…….any chance you can have it ready so I can make one by early April?! Happy New Year! Juliex
That's a great bag, looks very roomy – perfect for a weekend away
So awesome! And it looks like it was a huge hit with your mom!
Oh yes- I could make a manly one for OH who currently uses a laptop bag as an overnight bag and has ruined it in the process…