Saturday, May 11, 2013

Liberty of London Cathedral Window Aeroplane Bag for Market!

First, THANK YOU to everyone that came and entered for the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!  I was BLOWN AWAY from all the comments given.  I am working my way through reading them all ( yes, I do that) since I get such a kick out of you guys.  My online peeps are the bestest!

I always look longingly at sewn bags and bag patterns.  You see, I am NOT a bag sewer.  I really am not. I can sew them but it can be difficult for me since I am one of those people that needs a LOT of hand holding ( read photographs) to be able to sew bags.  I am not a great pattern reader, I am a visual girl.  When Sara came up with the pattern for the Aeroplane Bag and I saw everyone making one, I thought...maybe baby ;o)  I called  Sara to ask how hard is it REALLY...in gogoterms?  She knows I am not a bag sewer and promised I could do it and and not pull all my hair out and say adult words ( truth be told I did say a few but it had to do with the pleather not the pattern).  I said okay and this is the bag I made for Market.



The gorgeous model is my fabulous daughter that agreed to help today without a complaint...I am sure I will be asked for something later today.

I made cathedral windows from my very small stash of Liberty of London (some from my stash and some that were gifted to me by the super sweet Katy from The Littlest Thistle) and had been thinking they would be good for a bag someday.  I have a lot of these "someday" projects,lol!  I used Essex Linen for the complimentary exterior and interior fabrics and pleather for the straps and bottom of the bag.

If you are afraid of making cathedral windows, don't be!  They are easy and beautiful.  I made a Cathedral Window Pincushion Tutorial awhile back so you can try just one.  I promise you will change your mind about these beauties or at least have a really cute pincushion ;o)

A quick note on the pleather. It is not as forgiving as fabric, you sew through it and the needle holes STAY!  That being said, it is easy to work with and you can use Pellon Shape Flex with it.  You need to have a press cloth and no water.  Your iron CANNOT TOUCH the pleather!  It will ruin your pleather and make a huge mess on the iron.  To me it was worth the little extra effort and care.

To sew the pleather, I used a leather needle and Aurifil 40wt thread and love the results.  The 40wt is a bit thicker than the 50wt I usually use and you could probably even go with the 28wt and have amazing results.


The flipside is a cathedral window exterior pocket!


I used a vintage zipper in this cool green that Lindsay provided!  Thanks Lindsay!


The interior is a Liberty of London scarf I bought from Target a couple  of years ago and have just stashed until that perfect project came along.
 

If you are going to Market next week ( OMG!!!!! IT IS THIS COMING UP WEEK!!!!!)  Look for my bag and say hello!


I really LOVE cathedral windows!

and hint hint...there may be a Sew Sweetness pattern giveaway coming up this week if I can get may act together before I get on the plane Thursday  ;o)

53 comments:

Gill said...

Wow! Your bag is stunning!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Beautiful personalization of a great bag pattern!

justplainlovely.com said...

So, this bag is STUNNING and I love all of your tips. I may just have to try an Aeroplane, but you totally raised the bar with the cathedral windows;). Can't wait to see this beauty (and you!!!) in person next week! xo

Chris S said...

This is great!! I so gotta make one of these Aeroplane bags too!

bptor1092 said...

It sure looks like you have become a bag sewer. Beautiful. (Jealous!)

Lyanna L. said...

Wow this bag is beautiful! I would buy one just like it...because the probability of me making it is not very high, although it is now added to my list of projects to try one day. =)

Jill said...

Darling bag. I love it.

Karen said...

Love the bag!

Amanda K said...

Amazing bag. Love. It.

Smultronbo said...

What a beautiful bag! Well done! I really like it. Thanks for sharing.

Carry Hers By Natalie said...

Your bag is amazing, what an eye catcher. I'm sure a lot of people will check that out at the airport.

Jessica said...

It's stunning!! I love cathedral windows, too :) Have a blast at Market!

DianeY said...

Love it! I have some pleather I mY think about! Is this the larger or smaller size?

Tiffany said...

This is absolutely one of my favorite I've seen of Sara's pattern! Does your inside lining sag when you put things in the pockets? I'm still trying to figure out how to remedy that on mine. Love your style and those cathedral windows are awesome!!

Liz DandeliondD said...

It's a total triumph.

Norma's Clay said...

Wow! You say you're not a bag sewer!? Don't tell anyone but this Aeroplane bag is the very best one I've seen by far!! Is gorgeous! Not only the cathedral windows make it special but the fabric and zipper color are great too. I have the pattern but haven't tried it yet. Is on my to do list.

Rachel said...

Wow! That bag is amazing!! I also am not a bag maker. I would love to be but I have just never found a pattern that I don't have trouble with and then use those oh so wonderful adult words to ease the frustration lol. I love, love, love the cathedral windows on this bag. Cathedral windows are one of my favorite things to make and give as gifts. They looks so difficult but really are super simple. I will give this bag a shot because I will be travelling in a few months and it would be neat to have an awesome one of a kind bag on my cross country journey.

Peziperli said...

Das ist wirklich eine wunderschöne Tasche!
Liebe Grüße Petra

Andres said...

Love it!

suemac said...

So cute. Doesn't Sara have the best bag patterns.

Beth said...

I love it! It looks fantastic.

Mimi said...

Awesome bag...love the Cathedral windows as it draws your eyes to the beautiful fabric!!

Lesley said...

Your bag is stunning! You will be the belle of the ball carrying that bag to Market!

Nilya said...

A real Beauty!!!

Rosa said...

Simply beautiful!!

Katy Cameron said...

Oooh, love it, glad that Liberty found the perfect home :o)

MJ said...

Great bag. Simple and classic

PatSloan said...

fantastic bag!!! I LOVE that grey and the faux leather... brave woman you!

Patti said...

Beautiful and unique bag! I love it!

Poppyprint said...

You are officially a bag maker now! That is stunning! Have a blast at market.

andri. said...

Your bag looks beautiful!:)

Ada said...

The bag turned out beautiful. Congratulations!

Jeneta said...

Beautiful bag and a beautiful setting!

Amira@littlemushroomcap said...

Awesome! I just can't say no more..It is so beautiful!!

Karen said...

Perfect! No more words!

Laura Lochore said...

Love it! Great fabric choices!!!

AJ said...

Beautiful! This is my favorite version of this bag that I have seen!

AJ said...

Beautiful! This is my favorite version of this bag that I have seen!

Elsa said...

For not liking to make bags you sure did a lovely one! Love the windows and Liberty is my favorite fabric ever!

Stacy Hadwin said...

It's gorgeous...I love that you used a scarf for the interior, and the cathedral windows are amazing. I will be buying the Aeroplane pattern in a week or so to make my daughters bags for our upcoming vacation.

SewCalGal said...

What a beautiful bag that is absolutely perfect for Quilt Market. Love it.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Sew Nomadic said...

So gorgeous!!!! I want it!!!

creativeinstincts said...

Your bag is simply beautiful.
Leena

Wanda said...

Great bag. So glad you gave it a go. I love sewing bags. Just made a back pack out of an Amy Butler charm pack.

Tricia said...

Wow! I love everything about this bag. The flip side with that cathedral window pocket...so sweet! And that green zipper and Liberty lining...love. Great job girl!

Michele said...

I haven't tried making a bag yet myself but you did a great job. It is just gorgeous.

dolls5000a said...

I love love love the bag. Maybe one day I will get the nerve up to make one. Ok I won't ever get the nerver up. I made 3 of your cathedral pin cushions, they are cushions on a doll bed I have. they were easy to make thanks to your excelent directions.

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Kelli said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this bag! Seriously--I LOVE it!!! That cathedral window section just takes the bag up about 500 notches!

Emily's Mum said...

such a stunning bag. I adore it and those buttons are a great detail

DaisyLiz said...

I'm so glad I found this post! I just bought the aeroplane bag pattern a few days ago, and I'm about to get started. I might go see what the pleather options are at Joann's - if it looks decent, I'm going to give it a try. Thanks for the inspiration!

DaisyLiz said...

I'm so glad I found this post! I just bought the aeroplane bag pattern a few days ago, and I'm about to get started. I might go see what the pleather options are at Joann's - if it looks decent, I'm going to give it a try. Thanks for the inspiration!

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