My first real sewing project

As some of you may know, I have recently been trying to sew. I don’t have very much experience, but I still try. I like it a lot because I have always wanted to be artistic, but I’m not artistic at all and sewing makes me feel like I am creating and I like that. A little while ago, Brett found this awesome weekender travel bag and instructions on how to make it. After some coaxing from Brett, I decided to try it.

I went to the fabric store and looked for all my supplies, and couldn’t find half of them so I had to re-think the bag making process. I simplified it. A lot. Here is the original intention: Awesome_weekend_travel_bag

Here is what it ended up looking like:

My bag. I used vinyl for the bottom and handles that I found on sale :)

My weekender travel bag. I used vinyl for the bottom and handles that I found on sale :)

Me being proud of my success.

Me being proud of my success.

I even sewed a zipper in this thing!

I even sewed a zipper in this thing!

Detail shot of the vinyl and brown stitching. You can see the bottom of the pocket too.

Detail shot of the vinyl and brown stitching. You can see the bottom of the pocket too.

Detail shot of one of the struts and the handle.

Detail shot of one of the struts and the handle.

Overall, I am so proud of the bag. It’s nothing fantastic, but to me its the beginning of finding my artsy and creative side.

8 thoughts on “My first real sewing project

  1. Way to go! That looks really good! Most people would start sewing with something easy like a skirt or PJ pants, but no – you go straight to making a whole BAG??! I think Project Runway better keep their eyes on you.

  2. Sarah!!! I am so impressed with your sewing skills!! I so jealous of your skills!! Great Job!! I can’t wait to see you soon!!

  3. Your bag looks great! I would never have guessed by looking that this is your first piece. :)

    Found this in the comments section of the pattern, which I am about to undertake. I really like your idea to use vinyl in place of leatherette, since my sewing machine is rather feeble.

    Thanks for the great example!

  4. Great Job!

    I was just looking in the comments of the weekender bag to see how it had comeout for people that had already made it. It seems everyone has made some changes to it, but it looks to me likes yours is really the only sucessful one, and it is definitely the best looking. Thanks for posting!

    • Thanks, Christi! It was hard to follow the instructions for the bag since the picture shown on the blog isn’t the bag they are telling you how to make. haha. But I had help from my husband and we figured out a good alternative. I used fabric I found on sale and I was very pleased with the way it turned out. Thanks for your comment! Good luck with your creation! :D

    • Adrienne, that is a lovely bag! I’m glad my version inspired you to make a more beautiful version. I would buy that in the store! It is beautiful. I love it! :D

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