Welcome to the Weekend Bag – our very first bag pattern! Sew Different have been working in conjunction with bag designer, Tara Jardine, from Love Handles Bags to create an exciting new project for you.

Tara has developed our bag design to compliment the Sew Different style. Its asymmetric lines and simple shapes echos the styling lines many of Sew Different’s garment designs.

The Weekend Bag is a spacious tote with two over-shoulder handles. The exterior has a diagonal front pocket that wraps around the back and a smaller phone pocket peeping out from behind it. The interior is fully lined with two pockets and a D-ring key fob. The bag closes securely with a zippered, recessed panel. 

The dimensions are 35cm by 30cm with a deep 9cm base.

Call me old fashioned but I love a bit of matchy-matchy. Nothing could be nicer than using up the scraps of your dressmaking project on a bag that co-ordinates beautifully with your outfit.

There are lots of details on this bag that can be co-ordinated with each other. The band across the wrap pocket, the phone pocket, the lining and the zip-casing can all contrast or co-ordinate.

Felt is a great fabric to use for bag-making because it is thick and durable (not to mention water resistant – perfect for that English weather).

Fabworks have a great range of ex-designer felts in beautiful bright tones at the moment. There are 20 different colours all at £10/ metre. They are only available from the shop, rather than online, as they are limited stock.

I made this citrusy version from a scrap of Orla Keily fabric I had left over from a home sewing project. It was just too pretty to waste and works really well with the textured grey.

I used a fabulous silky green linen blend for lining of this one and omitted the zip.

In this gorgeous denim and tweed version we have added extra rows up topstitching for the authentic denim look. The shoulder-straps, rather than being made from the same fabric, use a ready-made 2inch webbing for a quicker and easier finish.