Thursday, August 1, 2013

Aeroplane bag love!

Ever since I saw the Sew Sweetness Aeroplane bag popping up on IG and blogs I knew I wanted to make one, and I am so happy that I have!
Luckily enough I won the Aeroplane bag and Petrillo bag pattern through an IG giveaway by Sew Fantastic and with a click of the mouse the PDF patterns had arrived!
Constructing the top panel sections!
A bit of late night sewing :)
The pattern is super easy to follow with great instructions, the only bit I did struggle with was the tapering of the zip, but it turned out all right! I decided not to add the internal zip pockets which I think did save me a bit of time, but the completed bag didn't take as long as I thought to make from start to finish!
I had loads of different ideas about fabric choices and was going to go down the route of quilt as you go but as it was my first go at the bag I went with a bit of piecing using a charm pack for the top and lovely Essex linen for the bottom.
It's nearly done!
The bag is a great size and I was amazed at how much I could squeeze into it for the FQ retreat! The handles are just the right size and I wasn't worried that they wouldn't hold the weight of all my stuff jammed in!
Another one is definitely on my to do list with a few minor alterations. Having seen lots of lovely versions at the FQ retreat I would add a pocket to the outside front in between the handles for a little extra separate storage, definitely take the time to add a zippered pocket for phone and key essentials, add bag feet to stop the bottom getting too dirty and try to find something in the UK stores to insert as a bottom to give the base a bit more structure. My heavy weight interfacing was not that heavy!!
I would definitely recommend making this bag!!
Sneaky peek of the lining!!
Can't tell you how much I love this bag!!


Maria said...

I've tested some of Sara's bags and love them too. Your bag is gorgeous.

heart of charnwood said...

I love this bag, such an improvement on the Weekender, mine has been taken apart to re-do it, one day, maybe, if I have a lobtomy first!

Sarah Lou said...

I thought it was an Airplane bag when I saw it at FQR looking v pretty!

Sonia said...

Love your version Cara! I bought some bag bottom mesh from which has definitely helped to stablise my saggy bottom!!!!!

Melinda said...

Awesome job!

: o )

SewLittleToSay said...

Love the bag. I've used plastic canvas for bag bottoms - it is available from Abakhan ( or U-handbag ( probably other places as well.

pennydog said...

It's fab Cara!

Just Sew Sue said...

A good choice to use the charm pack. I'm sorry I didn't get a closer look at FQR.

Liz DandeliondD said...

I am totally inspired to make one of these bags now. Yours is absolutely gorgeous.
Thanks for linking up with the Brit Sewing this week.

Pennie said...

I used canvas, headliner foam and duck cotton on the bottom of my sewing macine's airplane and that seems quite stable. I used plastic canvas in ht e model airplane hand bag and that's brilliantly structured.

barbara woods said...

Great bag