I did it!!! Last night I slip stitched the lining shut and snipped the final threads off my Aeroplane Bag by Sara at Sew Sweetness.
I made a few changes to the original pattern, mainly because of supplies I had that I really wanted to incorporate into the bag.
I’d treated myself to one of the PB&J mini charm packs (I find them a great way of buying a new fabric range for not too much money, I’m a little bit addicted to them!) that I really wanted to make into pocket panels for the bag and the leather handles that I’d bought a few weeks back were a great match to the red in the PB&J.
It took a little while to gather all the supplies – in the end I went for car scrim as an alternative to the Soft and Stable, which wasn’t easy to get a hold of here in the UK.
After a bit of deliberating I came up with an idea and off I went!
I made two pocket panels – each one 3 squares x 5 squares (so a finished measurement of 6″x10″), but offset every other row so it wasn’t too ‘blocky’.
One panel got made into a zip pocket, and the other a slip pocket. I used Sara’s instructions on how to add a hidden pocket for each of these, and they worked really well. I’m not sure that my chunky zip insertion is the best example of how it should be done (!) but it works and was relatively easy to do.
So without further ado, here’s my new bag!
I’m pretty pleased with it and am really looking forward to taking it with me to Retreat in July – it’s gonna hold loads!
I did make a few other tweaks to the pattern;
- Added binding in between the top and bottom panels to balance out the red of the handles;
- Changed one of the internal pockets to a slip pocket as it’s such a roomy bag I wanted a way of organising and being able to grab stuff quickly.
- Added bag feet to the bottom, but I forgot to take a picture of them!
I really cannot express how much fun I had making this bag and what a great pattern it is. I’m already thinking about how/when I can make another one: I really fancy making a scrappy one and this time I think it will have handles as per the pattern!
Today’s sky ● started off overcast but a glorious blue sky this afternoon!
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