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.