There are so many things I want to say about this bag, but I don’t want this post to be too long. Conclusion first: I love the Aeroplane Bag pattern by Sara Lawson at Sew Sweetness. Now the longer story…

Last month, before Sew Down Nashville, I decided I needed to make a bag. I have a Shore Bag that I made last year, but I wanted something new.

Michelle over at Factotum of Arts has been such a good friend to me – both in quilty and non-quilty ways, and when she said she didn’t have time to make a bag before the trip, I knew I had to make one for her, too.

I told her I was in a Sew Sweetness Aeroplane Bag mood, and if she wanted one, she was to pick from the yardage I had on hand. (I was feeling generous, but I know my limits – I could only offer to make something I was excited to make in that moment.) She picked out some Mind’s Eye by Anna Maria Horner and requested either pink or turquoise for the complimenting fabric.

I documented progress on Instagram. I just love the community there – so much enthusiasm and support!

Making of my Aeroplane Bag

Things got a little dicey with the zippers (my own issues – the pattern is perfect), but in the end, I’m really pleased.

My new favorite bag material is a structural stabilizer that Sara suggested in the pattern called Annie’s Soft and Stable. I couldn’t find it at the local box store or at any of the LQS’s that I called, and I almost substituted fleece interfacing. I’m really glad I didn’t. The Soft and Stable is sturdy enough to give the bag a strong shape, but since it’s a thin foam, it ends up compressing when you sew it – which makes the stack of layers you have to sew through just a teeny bit more manageable. It’s such good stuff. I ordered mine from Amazon.

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One of my favorite things about this bag is that it easily holds my 13″ Macbook. It’s also big enough to hold a sewing machine, but I haven’t tried that yet. I made the smaller version for myself (because I could only find a 24″ zipper in a coordinating color), but I made the larger one for Michelle. Both seemed HUGE.

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I like how this Ghost Wing by Anna Maria Horner meets on the sides.

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Here’s a picture of Michelle’s.

One done. One to go. #aeroplanebag

While chatting about my bag at Sew Down, Carolyn Friedlander mentioned a great tip – she said she fuses her fabric to the Soft and Stable at the beginning. The directions call for basting the fabric, but the next time I make this bag, I’m definitely going to fuse it. I think it will help make the exterior extra-smooth.

I didn’t have anything that matched Michelle’s bag’s color scheme, but I really like the way the ribbon accented the straps on my bag. I’ll definitely do that again – I think it adds so much! I picked up my ribbon from Hawthorne Threads.

Hopefully that wasn’t too long Cheers!

If there’s a Finish It Up Friday this week at crazymomquilts, I’ll be linking up!

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