Wednesday, April 17, 2013

It's my Aeroplane!

Did I just put that Red Hot Chili Peppers song in your head? You're welcome ;) It was in my head the entire time I worked on a bag I've been looking forward to making, the Aeroplane bag, pattern by Sara/Sew Sweetness.

A finished Aeroplane bag

My Aeroplane bag was the first project I attempted to tackle at The Stash Bash over the weekend. I had spent a few hours piecing together a patchwork panel for the front and back of the bag, and quilting-it-as-I-went, and prepped all of my interfacing and other pieces before I headed up to Georgia.

QAYG panels

I was really surprised at how fast it came together once I got my sewing area all set up in the sewing room. I think it probably took no more than three or four hours to put the whole thing together, which is probably how much time I spent making the patchwork panels, so this is definitely the kind of bag you could tackle making in a weekend.

Hanging finished Aeroplane bag

I made the Long size of the Aeroplane bag, and it is truly humongous. The Regular size is just as tall, just slightly less long. I can easily fit everything I need for a weekend trip in this bag, no problem, with room to spare. I also really like how long the handles are, it's quite easy to carry around.

No problems with Aeroplane assembly

The directions for the pattern were supremely clear and easy to follow. The bag is literally assembled much like a zippered pouch, so it was fairly simple to put together. This was my first time working with Annie's Soft and Stable, which was really easy to use and did give the bag a lot of additional body. I will definitely choose to use it again for another bag in the future.

Adding the straps

Thinking about the construction of this bag versus the Weekender is a little bit tough - I used my Juki to put the Aeroplane bag together, and I used my Sapphire to put my Weekender together, so it's a bit like apples and oranges. The Juki is definitely way more cut out for bag-making, though. No broken needles, no difficulty shoving thick layers through the machine, just smooth sewing. I will say this: there are way fewer pattern pieces, no piping, and there are two inside zippered pockets in this bag that the Weekender lacks (though you could improvise and add them). I would say that this pattern is something that an adventurous beginner can tackle. And it's even more fun to tackle at a sewing retreat, for the record  :)

I hope you have a wonderful day!


  1. I am so excited that you made an Aeroplane Bag! This is really fantastic! I hope you like using your bag! And yay for smooth sewing :)

  2. i love your bag! it looks great. definitely one to add to the list.

  3. I love your bag and the song so I am okay that it is already stuck in my head.

  4. I love this bag! I may just have to attempt one of these.

  5. I love the colors you chose! Beautiful.

    I have some Soft and Stable that I've been wanting to try, it looks great. I'm glad you liked it.

  6. Very nice! I never realized this bag was so large!

  7. Your bag looks great! I've been looking for a structured bag to make, this might be the one! Thanks for a honest and down to detail review:)

  8. I love it! I definitely have this on my to do list.

  9. Your bag looks amazing - I really love the quilted panels you have done!

  10. Your bag looks great. Thank for letting us know it is doable at a weekend sew.

  11. I love the quilted look on bags and yours is wonderful. I recently bought this pattern and was playing with the idea of quilted I know it'll look great! :)

  12. I really like your patchwork version of this bag! It looks great! I may have to think about making one of these over the summer :)

  13. Great job, Elizabeth! Awesome fabric choices…

    And yes, I'm going to be stuck with that song for a few days. Man, our generation's high school days had a weird soundtrack. lol

  14. looks wonderful. Makes me want to start a qayg-tote or -bag soon.

  15. Love how your Aeroplane bag turned out and glad to hear that it's got great instructions.
    Want to make one for my dil ~ she goes to see her family often and needs something like this.

  16. Really nice. I've been wanting to try making a bag and this one sounds like it would be a great place to start. I love the patchwork panels that you used.

  17. I love it! Bags are so rewarding, aren't they?

  18. This is lovely. I may just have to tackle this bag myself.

  19. This turned out so awesome! I have the pattern, now just need to gather supplies and find the time!

  20. Love your pieced panels. Question - did you piece directly onto the Soft and Stable?

  21. Your bag is beautiful---I have serious envy! I work in a knitting shop, and I have bought the Aeroplane pattern so I can make a bag to carry my projects/lunch, etc. to work. Your patchwork panels are great.


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