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Sewing has always been my hobby and my profession. I first trained as a tailor as a young girl after which I worked for some fabulous designers. To fit work around my son I became a teacher of ...

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Handbag / Tote Sewing Pattern

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Basic Skills Necessary:

  • This is a total beginners bag, as long as you can sew straight you are OK

Pattern Description:

This pattern includes PDF pattern files for both letter size paper and A4 paper.

Step by step video and photo instructions making sewing more enjoyable and even a beginner can now sew like a professional.

The video can be found here:

For this summer my sewing course ladies have asked me to do household items like bags, purses, peg bags and the like. This bag is super easy has an on trend shape, recessed zip, side pockets and if you like even a front welt pocket.

You can make this pattern with feature strips across the front and back for Camper Vans, Beach Hut theme or anything else that you fancy designing. You could also do plain strips or appliqu a name onto it. I still have so many ideas, but 20 bags later I will now give it a rest and leave it up to you to come up with something spectacular!

There are a number of videos you can view to help you make this bag, a detailed introduction to the pattern and handle options, how to sew a welt pocket, how to use purse feet, how to make a charm for the zip and of cause the main instructional video.

This is a beginners bag which requires just a little experience. All seams are straight and the techniques simple enough.

Please visit my project page at to find all videos in one place, with plenty of tips and a photo gallery of bags made with this pattern.

For more advise, patterns and video tutorials visit:

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 4" depth
  • 10" high
  • 14" wide


  • 32" of 50" wide heavyweight Home Dec fabric for the Exterior/ Oilcloth
  • 20" of 50" (50 cm) wide coordinating medium weight cotton for the Lining
  • 1 zip 13" for the main Fastening
  • 1 zip 11" for the Welt Pocket

You Will Also Need:

  • 1 spool of coordinating all-purpose thread / 1 spool of top stitching thread
  • A heavy weight sewing machine needle (90)
  • 55" heavy duty webbing 1.5" wide

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