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"Weekender" bag

Added Aug 7, 2010

by Ralf Schmitz

Berlin, Germany






Last years christmas present for my husband has been a beautiful leather weekender-bag. As i allways wanted one too, i just took the last bits of my remaining wool fabric from my sherlock holmes outfit, bought a big piece of artificial leather in dark green and have been lucky enough to get an old and shabby bag from a friend (thank you so much Robert) that helped me with most of the nice looking accessories (handles, zippers etc).

The pattern has been created by me (and i am quite proud, as this is my first really complex pattern and it worked!)

The bag is big enough to hold a weeks luggage and i have lined it inside with dark green silk (with my monogram) and red velvet. (also to go with it two velvet shoebags in the same red color). there are many little pockets inside and outside (some secured with smaller zippers!) All the decorative stiches have been made with embroidery thread!

i only neede to buy the little silver feet (or whatever you would call the little metal-things to make the bag not stand directly on the ground)

to stabilze the bag, i have mad the bottom inside with two layers of thick cardboard!

i hope you like it!

Material Notes

soft wool material, artificial leather, silk, velvet (both for the lining), zippers, bag-handles, bag-feet, embroidery thread




Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Bohemian, Classic, Vintage
Leather/Fur, Silk, Velvet, Wool

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    Dec 17, 2010, 07.23 PMby threadsquare

    Move over Filson …I have a new crush on this bag. Can’t wait for the tutorial!

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      Dec 18, 2010, 07.16 AMby Ralf Schmitz

      thank you so much! i am working on tutorials for the next year and the bag will be one of it! promised!

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    Aug 17, 2010, 11.37 AMby loulourosa

    I like your bag, it’s a real gentleman’s bag! you inspire me to make a bag myself, I have a leather jacket I want to use to create a bag, a weekend bag is such a good idea! tip: if you need those things to screw on the bottom, you also can take them from an old bag. In Berlin there are so many trödel markets and shops!

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      Aug 17, 2010, 12.54 PMby Ralf Schmitz

      dear loulourosa! thanks a lot for your compliment! as you have maybe read, i used an old bag as well to take some of the accessories i needed. the feet in metal i could not use as they have been not removeable. AND you are right! we have so many trödelmarkets, i have allways difficulties to decide what to take, as we have so much of a choice!

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    Aug 12, 2010, 03.25 AMby kelepso

    Wow! I love the vintage feel!

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      Aug 12, 2010, 05.37 AMby Ralf Schmitz

      thank you kelepso! so am i and i am planning on a little bag to go with it……..stay tuned!

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    Aug 8, 2010, 11.00 AMby sophie11

    Amazing!! You’re very talented!! Have you thought about doing a tutorial? Or maybe you want to keep this pattern close to your chest seeing as how it is so good ! Well done!

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      Aug 9, 2010, 05.12 AMby Ralf Schmitz

      dear sophie11! thank you very much. i have thought about a tutorial, and would love to do one. i only need my husband to do me the step by step pictures, while doing the work!). Stay tuned!

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    Aug 8, 2010, 07.34 AMby sabzarap

    Sehr schön, die Tasche auch nochmal von nahem zu sehen. Sie sieht seht praktisch aus! Da steht ja einem Wochenendtripp nach England nichts mehr im Weg ;O)

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      Aug 9, 2010, 05.10 AMby Ralf Schmitz

      lieben dank für dein kompliment! ich glaube dass mir ein wochenende in london gar nicht reichen würde. ich habe dort so viele freunde, dass ich die garnicht alle unter bringen würde in zwei tagen (also doch noch eine grössere tasche machen ??? :-)

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