I had a great time at my first quilt retreat in early March, but dragging around all the gear was not the most fun. I have few events coming up – guild sew days and a few classes – so I decided buying an inexpensive lightweight machine would be a good thing to do. After considering a few, I bought an Ever Sewn Charlotte, and have been enjoying it quite a bit. It’s always fun to get a new machine!
But to be useful, my portable machine needed a bag to tote it around. I thought about buying one, but then remembered that I won a few patterns for bags from the FAL link up last year and thought this would be a good opportunity to try one out. I also had some Alison Glass prints that I wasn’t sure how to use in a quilt, and this seemed like a great opportunity to use them.
I bought A BUNCH of interfacing – yikes! I had no idea there were so many kinds of interfacing! – and prepped the side panels. This is a panel with a photo of the pattern – the Aeroplane Bag from Sew Sweetness.
I finished the bag in time for my guild’s sew day last weekend – here it is:
The other side:
and a side view:
Yes, with the mix of Alison Glass fabrics it is a bit busy!
I don’t make a lot of bags so this guy took me a bit of time to get together. I just tried to take it one step at a time and went really slow. I’d probably do the zipper differently if I did it again, but it worked out well enough. I modified the inside – the pattern has you make zippered pockets, but I really wanted a bigger open pocket to hold the power cord and foot pedal. This is the modification I made for that pocket:
this is the finished inside of the bag with the lining in place:
I put my machine and all the accessories inside and they fit really nicely!
I am SO HAPPY with my bag and so glad I took the time to make it rather than buy one. I don’t know that I have a lot more bag making in my future, but I am really happy with how it came out.
I took her on her first excursion last weekend, and she worked like a dream at our guild sew day. I’ll have to sign up for more sewing excursions!
This was on my Q2’18 FAL list, so I will link up at the end of the quarter.
Now that is a bag I would be proud to carry around! It looks great! I’ve never made a bag before either and although I’d love to have one, don’t know if I am motivated enough to attempt making one myself. 🙂
Thank you so much! I’m happy with how it came out. Honestly when I won the patterns I wasn’t sure that I’d make them, but when I had a need for a bag, a pattern, and some fabric I wanted to use, it seemed like all the stars aligned and I should make this bag! It is also one of those things that after making one, I know the second one would go better and I’d fix and change some things, but I’m not sure I’m motivated to make a second one!
Beautiful bag! I don’t do well with bags. Every few years I’ll decide that I’m not as terrible with them as I thought and give it another try, only to get frustrated and realize I really don’t enjoy making bags, I just wish I did. But I love that you have a bag you made for your new portable machine!!! Lovely!
I generally don’t do well with bags either. I think I helped myself out a bit with this one by really taking my time and going very slow. I think I made it over the course of 2 partial days and 3 nights after work, with a lot of pattern re-reading in between! So happy with the result, and happy I spent the time, but I don’t know that I’m going to rush and make another soon.
Thanks for stopping by again!
Your bag is fabulous. They always take longer than you to put together, but sew worth it!
Thanks! It was worth it. I’m really glad I took the time to make it instead of just buying one. I don’t know if I’ll make another one any time soon though… 🙂
I love the Aero for sewing machine transport! You did an amazing job! On behalf of the FAL crew, thank you for joining in!