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Finally, an Aeroplane bag!!!

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.    

Sewing the Aeroplane Bag (pattern by Sew Sweetness) review with tips for amendments and alternative supplies to use.

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!

Sewing the Aeroplane Bag (pattern by Sew Sweetness) review with tips for amendments and alternative supplies to use.

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!

Sewing the Aeroplane Bag (pattern by Sew Sweetness) review with tips for amendments and alternative supplies to use.

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!

Sewing the Aeroplane Bag (pattern by Sew Sweetness) review with tips for amendments and alternative supplies to use.

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!

Sx

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13 Comments

  1. June 6, 2013 / 7:34 pm

    It's gorgeous, Sonia! Love the way the patchwork pockets are set off against the plainer background. Looks very professionally finished as well – you are so clever! E x

  2. joanne
    June 6, 2013 / 9:11 pm

    I really love your version!! The handles look perfect and that yellow lining is gorgeous!
    I really want to make one before retreat, but need to get my act together ordering supplies!

  3. joanne
    June 6, 2013 / 9:11 pm

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  4. Textureknit
    June 6, 2013 / 9:35 pm

    That is really lovely.

  5. June 6, 2013 / 10:05 pm

    Love it! I so wish I had used scrim in mine.

  6. June 6, 2013 / 10:34 pm

    Looks great!! Love those red handles!

  7. June 7, 2013 / 2:35 pm

    Brilliant, you have done a great job. Juliex

  8. June 7, 2013 / 4:25 pm

    It turned out gorgeous! Love the patchwork pockets, and your lining material – sunshiney yellow 🙂 Can't wait to see your scrappy one!!

  9. June 8, 2013 / 9:12 pm

    Your version is SO professional.

  10. June 8, 2013 / 10:06 pm

    This is fantastic! I love the yellow lining and the patchwork pockets.

  11. June 12, 2013 / 12:05 am

    Teehee I knew I'd seen that fabric somewhere then thought it was leftovers from Lynne's block!