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Kay Stephenson is a freelance writer and fiber artist living in Atlanta, Ga with her husband, Mark, and her dog, Lady. Working in several fiber related craft areas, she combines quilting, crochet, ...

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Paneled Purse

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(9) Name: 'Sewing : Paneled Purse
Paneled Purse
Paneled Purse
Paneled Purse
Paneled Purse
Paneled Purse

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • This pattern is good for intermediates with good sewing skills

Pattern Description:

I once commented to a friend that I liked her big patchwork bag. She agreed that it was pretty but said it was too big. That set me to thinking about a design that was big enough to hold all the true essentials (wallet, phone, keys, pens, lipstick and comb, etc.), but was still lightweight and easy to throw over your shoulder. This bag is the result, with a nod to the patchwork I admired initially.
Made completely of fat quarters, you can incorporate several coordinating fabric designs, and it makes a great stash buster too. Beads on the shoulder straps add even more interest.
If you just like the basic shape, I've also included a variation that is much simpler, and just uses two fabrics - one for the outer and another for the lining. Look for it at the end of the pattern along with other suggested ways to vary the bag.


  • Both the outer and the lining of this bag were made from fat quarters. I initially purchased 9 fat quarters in 8 complementary patterns because I didn't know what I was going to make from the fabric. However, with a little less variation, you could easily get by with 3 fat quarters for the outer and 2 fat quarters for the lining.
  • For maximum variation: 6 complementary fat quarters for outside of bag 2 identical fat quarters for lining
  • 1/2 yard heavy weight interfacing. I used fusible interfacing, but the sew-in type would work just as well.
  • Cotton Batting (lightweight) - use a scrap left over from another project. Will need two pieces each 10 x 13. If you do not have any scraps, purchase the smallest piece you can, either 1/2 yard of 45 inch batting sold by the yard, or a piece of craft batting or crib quilt batting.

You Will Also Need:

  • One magnetic snap closure - I used a snap from Clover Bag's & totes accessories line, but you may find other brands at your local yarn, fabric or craft store.
  • Four beads to fit over straps - I used Darice 16mm printed wood barrel beads. They come 24 to a package from JoAnn.com, but any large wooden beads that coordinate with your fabric would do, including metal beads.
  • One 7 inch zipper - I used a metal zipper from Coats and Clark, but again any sturdy 7 inch zipper would work. Just remember this zipper is on a interior purse pocket and will get lots of tugging, so pick something sturdy.
  • Coordinating thread

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