Aeroplane Bag

by Alison on April 11, 2013

I’ve been sitting on a few Tsuru 1/2 yards for a little while now (I am over the moon in love with that line!) and I needed a nice, big bag for Cincinnati International Quilt Festival to carry all of my spoils for the day. So I grabbed my favorite print from the line and decided to make the Aeroplane Bag from Sew Sweetness.
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From top to bottom: Moda Linen in Oyster, Moda Toweling, 2 Moda Solids (unsure of specific colors), Tsuru Of a Feather in Indigo

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From top to bottom: 24 inch sport zipper, 2 12 inch zippers, 2 coordinating threads

There are two options, a long and a regular shape. I decided to make the regular option, which ended up being the PERFECT size.

Overall, the pattern is really great! I found it extremely easy to follow, with clear instructions and photos. The only thing I had trouble with was the zipper and the whole “tapering it off the edges of the bag” thing. I understand how to do it now, but only after ripping several attempts worth of stitching out. It’s not a difficult thing to do, my brain was just not comprehending that part for some reason.

I’d probably try to reinforce the top section to give it more shape if I make another (which is likely). Even with a few layers of interfacing and a pretty thick fabric it was a little droopier at the top when empty than I expected. Luckily I stuffed it full of loot at the festival, so there was no drooping going on, just lots of bumping into people with my giant bag. It would be the perfect weekend bag, especially with the two humongous pockets on the inside.

Best of all, I received TONS of compliments at IQF, and even managed to impress my Grandma, who is a pretty excellent sewer (sewist?). I didn’t have to lug around a bunch of bags, I just tossed everything in my Aeroplane bag.