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The Mini Aeroplane Bag

Last week I showed you all the Sew Sweetness Aeroplane Bag that I made.  It’s a super great bag with an easy to follow pattern.  I’ve currently got all my workout stuff in it, so I can just throw it in the car and change to go for a run during lunch.  The only problem is that the bag is a bit too big for my everyday use.

Aeroplane Bag

Solution?  Make a smaller version, of course.  I already had all of my instructions printed off, so all I needed was a smaller version of the template.  For my Mini Aeroplane Bag, I decided to go with the regular bag, instead of the long one. That meant I only needed to print out the regular template at a smaller size.

aeroplane template comparison

I wanted something about half the size of the original.  To do that, I opened the PDF file and printed the template pages I needed at 75%.  From there, I taped them together, and basically followed the pattern, adjusting as I needed to accommodate for the new size.

aeroplane bag size comparison

The best part about shrinking the pattern down is that my new template was just under 1/4 yard tall, so I was able to make use of a couple of my favorite 1/4 yard pieces that I hadn’t had a project small enough for.  For the exterior part A, any 1/4 yard WOF will work.

mini aeroplane bag

Needless to say, I was super excited.  I actually ended up using the template piece and a matching bottom for the interior so I could use my other piece of Lizzy House Outfoxed.

mini aeroplane bag interior

For this bag, I ended up adding an external pocket for my cell phone, but the pattern really needs some interior pockets.  That will be the goal if I make another one… how to add interior pockets to keep all my stuff organized.

mini aeroplane bag

The straps on this one are a double layer of upholstery trim from grama’s stash.  I haven’t the slightest idea what she used it on, but what was left worked great as bag straps.

strap cloesup

Have you ever made a larger or smaller version of your favorite bag pattern?  How did it turn out?

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Take a Look Tuesday at Sugar Bee Crafts
Make It Wear It Thursday at The Train to Crazy

10 Responses to The Mini Aeroplane Bag

  1. Susan says:

    Very cool! There are some free online patterns for a little roll up purse organize that could be fun for interior organization too. I think I am going to try to make this! Where an I find the original pattern?

  2. Thanks for much for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Crafts – you were featured today!

  3. What a fun little bag. Great idea to just shrink down the pattern. I really like the vintage looking tape you used… !!…. :)

    hugs xx Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

    • Andrea says:

      Thanks so much! The handles are made from vintage upholstery trim left over from something my grandmother made. I was super excited to have a project that uses all of it.

  4. I love this. I can’t wait to get my sewing machine out of storage and try my hand at it. I found you over at Make it, Wear it and I’d love for you to stop by my new link party –

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