Monday, July 19, 2010

My own Weekender Bag

I have been meaning to make this bag for a few months now, ever since I came across Ron’s post on his Weekend Designer blog. (I can’t recommend it enough, although, it is sadly no longer active… sniff, sniff.) You will find all the instructions as well as the pattern. Scrolling down to the comments, I found Sarah’s version of the Weekender, which really inspired me.

The ubiquitous Longchamp Le pliage was also a source of inspiration. There is something about the simplicity of this bag, with its clean lines and good proportions.

I’ve altered the pattern a bit. I used a sort of plastic-coated nylon (much like the Pliage) that I bought at Ottawa’s Rockland Textiles and leatherette (much unlike the Pliage, but friendlier to animals) that I bought in Toronto’s fashion district. I’ve made it a bit smaller, but, as you can see, it is still pretty huge! Contrary to my initial intention, this is way too big for an everyday bag.

But I’m still pretty happy with the result! I wonder who will end up using it more, my boyfriend or myself? I must admit that the complementary shades of dark brown are pretty masculine.

For those of you interested in the details:

And the handles were made with leftover fabric from another project that I braided and covered with leatherette.


  1. I love it! You can really tell that a lot of attention went into it. It's so tidy and pretty.

    Keep inspiring!

  2. Thanks for your comment on my blog. I order my Swedish tracing paper off Ebay. Someone told me they get theirs from the U.S. and it's much cheaper.

    Great bag, by the way! Amazing!

  3. Yayy! I found your bag that you mentioned. And I love it!

    I've seen the bag draft at the weekend designer blog but hadn't yet seen any bags made out of it yet. I think I want to make one of my own, someday! Ive had my eyes on the Le pliage bag for sometime now...Yes, love those clean lines! But i like the idea of a me-made-weekender bag with my me-made-clothes inside for a nice weekend trip!

  4. That looks amazing, well done! I couldn't tell from the original pattern what it was going to turn out like since there was no picture. Yours has inspired me to add this to my to-do list!


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