My challenge to myself for this month was to get the pieces cut for the Aeroplane Bag. Life in this house was going to be chaotic and I really had no idea if sewing was going to be an option. I am fast discovering it is sewing that keeps me sane!
The children were on school holidays for 2 weeks, it was cold and wet for most of that time and we were without hot water and central heating for a week so things have been a little tough. Fortunately we have some wonderful friends, neighbours and family who have cooked for us and allowed us to use their facilities!
Anyway I found time to sew in the evenings and was surprised at how quick the bag came together:
Please excuse the not so great photo’s, my usual photographer was busy with plumbing pipes and knocking bricks out of the fire place! I didn’t have the time or patience to make the bag sit properly, there is a small boy just out of shot fiddling with a banana and woodlice so I had to be quick!
I used the interfacings etc that were suggested in the pattern so that I had an idea of the stiffness of the finished bag ready for next time. It has a great feel to it, sturdy but not too bulky.
The fabric has been in my stash for a while, I’m pretty sure it came from M is for Make a couple of years ago, I saw it used on someones blog used for a messenger style bag and loved it and hunted it down! It’s Trefle for Kokka other than that I don’t have any details.
I really wanted to use the trains on the track that run along the fabric on the straps but that section of fabric was not quite wide enough, so I cut what I wanted to use and stitched it onto solid purple straps, adding to the strength of the handles:
For the lining I used Alphabetty from Lucie Summers Summersville line, along with a couple of the other prints for the pockets:
I sort of made this with the thought in mind of my eldest daughter using it to take away with her on her first residential school trip in July – we shall see whether or not I can bear to let her! (And yes I am already thinking about making another)
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