Caitlyn Handbag

from Betz White

Caitlyn Handbag Pattern


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Pattern Details:

Pattern Details

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Women, Girls



Skill Level:

small skill level requirement Beginner

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Basic sewing, topstitching, fusing interfacing.

Pattern Description:

The Caitlyn Handbag is sized just right for everyday and uniquely styled with peek-a-boo pleats. Instructions included to "Make New" with a combination of organic cotton prints or "Make Do" with a stash of vintage neckties for a one-of-a-kind retro bag. Bag has a magnetic snap closure and interior pocket. This pattern is part of my Make New or Make Do(tm) sewing pattern collection.

My 13-page printable PDF instructions include color photographs, detailed diagrams, glossary and all the assembly directions you'll need to make the Caitlyn Handbag (14" W x 10" H x 2" D).

Purchase of this pattern does not constitute transfer of copyright or license for commercial usage. For personal use only, do not sell items made using any portion or derivation of these designs.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 14" W x 10" H x 2" D


  • 1/3 yd of 45" wide Main fabric (Light to mid-weight fabrics, such as quilting cottons, twill canvas, decorator fabrics, linens.)
  • 1/4 yd of 45" wide Contrast - 1 fabric (for band)
  • 1/4 yd of 45" wide Contrast - 2 fabric (for pleats, flap and strap)
  • 1/3 yd of 45" wide Lining fabric (Light weight fabrics, such as quilting cottons, broadcloth and shirting)
  • 1 yd of 20" wide woven cotton fusible interfacing
  • 1 magnetic snap, 1/2" diameter
  • optional button
  • thread

You Will Also Need:

  • For the "Make Do" necktie version, you'll need 6-10 neckties, depending on their widths, plus lining, interfacing and notions listed above.

Pattern Reviews

Pattern Reviews

Average Review (of 5 reviews)
Miss B on

Excellent Easy as Pie  April 9, 2013

This pattern was easy to follow and the results are fabulous. My granddaughter loved hers.

Lisa C. on

Excellent Cute Bag!  March 17, 2013

This bag is really cute and the pattern was very easy to follow. Thanks to the scale built into the patterns, I was able to detect that my printer shrunk the pattern pieces the first time I printed it. Adding the scale to the pattern was a great idea!

ban-albannach on

Excellent Love it  September 1, 2012

I fell in love with this pattern when I first saw it. I have just re-started sewing after over 30 years and practiced on some easy totes before trying this. I found the instructions very easy to follow and the construction was well within my rusty skill level. I wanted to make this as a present so I practiced on fabric I already had and was very happy with the result but thought the bag a bit smaller that what the recipient usually usues, so I enlarged the pattern and had no problems, except ...

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AmberLyn on

Good Amber  April 8, 2012

I love the pattern when I found it online. I just got a sewing machine for my birthday a few months ago. This is the 2nd project I have done and as I do like the purse it did not turn out like the picture online. I am going to try again.

Mirja on

Excellent Wonderful hanbag pattern!  March 27, 2012

I loved making this purse from reclaimed ties. It was so much fun and turned out great!

About Designer

About Designer

Betz White on

Betz White has built a career on thoughtful design, skilled craftsmanship and a focus on materials that are kind to people and planet alike. She is a designer, green crafter and the bestselling author of two books that encourage readers to "stitch beautifully, tread lightly," Warm Fuzzies and Sewing Green. Her original sewing patterns, Make New or Make Do, are designed to be made from either new ...

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