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About the designer

I'm a designer and textile artist. My work has been featured in Stampington Press magazines. I designed many purses for a custom handbag store and sold one-of-a-kind bags, clothing and accessories ...

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Belted Handbag

from Amy Cavaness Designs
(9) Name: 'Sewing : Belted Handbag
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Belted Handbag
Belted Handbag

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • This pattern is best suited for an experienced beginner or intermediate sewer. There is nothing too complicated, but it's not just a flat square, either!

Pattern Description:

"Dale" is a medium sized purse pattern with 2 inside pockets and designed to feature a belt, scarf or tie from Amy Cavaness Designs. This medium sized purse is fully lined and has 2 inside pockets: a patch pocket and a zippered pocket. The straps form belt loops on the bag, through which you may run a belt, a scarf, or some other fabric tie.

I designed the purse straps to be the perfect length so the bag "tucks in" at my waist and the straps don't fall off my shoulders.

This pattern originated with my drawer full of pretty belts that fit before, well, 4 babies and many years changed my waistline! I thought how fun it would be to have a bag that could wear my belts for me. A 25? belt fits perfectly as-is, but I alter other belts to fit.

This purse can be made in 2 styles:
Rounded bottom and Squared bottom

Both styles are included in the pattern and directions.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 11" X 20" X 2"


  • 5/8 yd fabric for outer bag and straps (denim, bottom weight, corduroy, wool or vintage barkcloth), 1/2 yd cotton or fabric of choice for lining,

You Will Also Need:

  • thread, 4" or 5" zipper, medium to heavy interfacing to stabilize purse sides, piece of ultra-stiff plastic canvas for squared-bottom bag

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