Sew Much Ado’s Airdrie Bag

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Airdrie Bag

Awhile back Abby from Sew Much Ado posted a picture on Instagram of a bag she had made from a new pattern she was working on. I have needed to replace my purse for awhile and really wanted to make something myself. I had drawn out some sketches for a bag, but there’s so much work involved in creating a pattern for a bag with lots of pockets. I was thinking I was never going to get to it. Then, when I saw her picture it was almost exactly what I had been envisioning, probably even better. I told her I would love to be a tester for the pattern if she needed one and lucky me, I got the opportunity.

Airdrie Bag side view

The new pattern is the Airdrie Bag and it is even better than I had hoped from that initial picture I saw on Instagram. This bag looks great on the outside, but when you open it up it’s breathtaking. There are so many pockets and everything is lined. This is a workhorse of a bag; strong and sturdy with every little detail you could have thought of and some.

Airdrie Bag

After putting together the bag it’s so obvious Abby must have spent so much time working on this pattern. Everything fit together perfectly and the directions with photos made the process easy to follow. The bag does take some time.  There’s 19 different pattern pieces and many of them involve the main fabric, lining fabric, lightweight interfacing and fusible fleece. It took me a week to finish the bag working on it 2-3 hours a day. That included time prewashing/ironing the fabric, printing out the pattern, taping the pattern together, cutting and sewing, as well as the extra time I took since I was testing the pattern. I’m a bit of a slow sewer though, I have 3 young kids that like to interrupt me. The other testers and Abby said it takes about 6 hours for the actual sewing time. I would say that’s a pretty accurate time if you aren’t constantly getting interrupted.

Side pocket fits my waterbottle perfectly!

Side pocket fits my waterbottle perfectly!

For my bag, I used a caramel colored duck cloth I already had in my stash with accents of a striped uphostery fabric. The stripe fabric is very thick, so there were some spots that were difficult to sew over, but my machine handled it and now I have a very sturdy bag because of the thick fabric. I used a chambray floral print for the lining that I absolutely love. I was nervous about the blue clashing with the warm tones of the exterior bag, but I like how it stands out. I used navy zippers to tie together the interior and exterior and I think it helped quite a bit.

Airdrie Bag

The Airdrie Bag pattern is being released today! This is such a great pattern and I know I’ll be using this bag for a long time. If you are looking for the perfect diaper bag or a good work bag to hold your laptop, planner and everything else, this is your bag. 

Elastic interior pouches can be sized however wide or narrow you like.

Elastic interior pouches can be sized however wide or narrow you like.

Thank you to Abby for giving me the opportunity to test your newest pattern! I had never been a pattern tester before and it was so much fun to be a part of something new and see the process before a pattern is released. I hope my feedback was helpful!

Generous sized zipper pouch creates a nice center divider in the interior.

Generous sized zipper pouch creates a nice center divider in the interior.

Airdrie Bag

Side Pocket is wide and deep enough to completely encase the iphone 6. Perfection!

Side Pocket is wide and deep enough to completely encase the iphone 6. Perfection!

Back zipper pocket

Back zipper pocket

Pattern: Airdrie Bag

Designer: Sew Much Ado

Fabric: Exterior: 9oz. Organic Cotton Duck in Caramel, Hudson Stripe Upholstery Fabric Sienna and Lining: Alison Glass’ Ex Libris Chambray Cotton Indigo

Happy Sewing!

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6 Responses to Sew Much Ado’s Airdrie Bag

  1. Abby October 23, 2015 at 11:01 am #

    Oh Sarah you are awesome! You made such a great bag and your feedback was invaluable! One surprise I noticed now that I’ve started using the bag regularily is that I love how the back upper curve helps the bag kind of hug around you when you wear it cross body. Haha, does that even make sense? Your photos reminded me of it so maybe you can relate. And if not, you already know that I’m a weirdo so it’s all good ;). A huge thanks again!
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    • Sarah Beth October 23, 2015 at 11:06 am #

      Yes! I know exactly what you’re talking about! I can wear it while carrying my 20 month old and it stays hugged around my body and doesn’t fall in the way of me getting to my kids. I guess I’m a weirdo too. Haha!

  2. Laura Brooks November 18, 2015 at 7:12 am #

    That bag looks awesome with that print! Seriously, those are the type of bags I love wearing. I’m very unorganized when it come to my stuff inside my bag it would be great to have a bag that has several pockets 🙂

    • Sarah Beth December 3, 2015 at 12:00 pm #

      Thank you Laura! It is such a great pattern. Comfortable and easy to carry around while chasing after 3 kids and all the pockets definitely help to stay organized.

  3. Heidi February 12, 2016 at 11:53 am #

    This is the first I’m seeing your bag! And I’ve googled this bag, haha 😉 I have the pattern and can’t wait to sew it up someday. I made her Lola Bea diaper bag when I had my third baby (like literally started it 24 hours before he was born, nesting!!) and I LOVE it. But I think we are getting to the stage that this bag would be more useful. All that to say I love yours!! And you gave me the itch to make this bag again 🙂

    • Sarah Beth February 18, 2016 at 1:32 pm #

      Thank you Heidi! It’s such a great bag and although it works great as a diaper bag, it doesn’t have that diaper bag look really. I hope you sew it up; you’ll love it!

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