Sewing Machine Bag

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.



7 thoughts on “Sewing Machine Bag”
  1. 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. 🙂

    1. 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!

  2. 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!

    1. 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!

    1. 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… 🙂

  3. I love the Aero for sewing machine transport! You did an amazing job! On behalf of the FAL crew, thank you for joining in!

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