Sew a Weekender Bag
Intermediate | 1 hour 48 min
Sew a Weekender Bag Introduction
Prepare Fabric and Sew Outer Bag
Sew Lining and Finish Bag
Taught by Nicole Mallalieu
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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.
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
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

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Sew a Weekender Bag Reviews
153 users recommended this class to a friend
Allison Lafitte
definitely going to try this soon!
More than 3 months ago
lynn zukowski
Ms. Mallalieu is an excellent instructor. She explains each step in easy to understand terms, and each step is also shown as it is sewn on the machine. So neat, so precise and relatively simple in design. I would definitely watch more of her classes.
More than 3 months ago
Sophie Kia
Hello …You are such a good instructor dear. I loved watching you and learning from you. I wish you had a live class so I could sign up and come to your class and learn more from you one on one. Please let me know if you teach privet. Awesome job you’ve done. Thank you so much
More than 3 months ago