I made a weekender bag! It’s the first of three, at least hopefully, since I already bought the fabric for the next two. ahehe. This one’s for my mom to use when she visits my sister in a month or two.
My mom told me she liked the elephant fabric back when she requested her birthday bento bags. I forgot to buy interior fabric especially for this bag, but fortunately I had a half yard of yellow pearl bracelets that went with the elephants nicely. Not-so-fortunately, a half yard isn’t at all enough for all the lining pieces, so I scrounged up extra stuff to make it up. (Sorry about the picture — you’re not going blind; the elephants on the bottom are fuzzy. I thought they were in focus when I took the picture, but they weren’t. :} )
By that time, I was feeling too lazy to make an interior zip pocket, and now I regret not adding it in because it doesn’t take that much extra time. Also, I was too lazy to tack the lining up to the seam with the piping, which was silly of me.
I made the exterior pockets into zip pockets, and I thought I could get away with only using the lining pieces the pattern has you cut for the slip pockets (I was tired from trying to find coordinating linings!), but I REALLY should have made the pockets the way I know I should have made them (the normal way!!!). This is the part that bothers me the most:
I’m all about just getting things done and letting imperfections go on quilts, but I have to get it through my head that I shouldn’t be lazy with bags, especially since making things right doesn’t take that much longer. Grr at me! Anyhoo, one thing I am happy about is that I added an adjustable cross-body strap — I think those make bags a lot easier to use, even if they aren’t necessarily the most attractive thing. At least it’s removable if my mom doesn’t want it!
With all my griping it was probably hard to tell, but this bag does make me happy. I’m happy that I finished it and it wasn’t too bad to make! 🙂