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My name is Anna and I'm a designer and seamstress living in Rochester, NY.
I've always been the creative type, I like trying out all kinds of handicrafts and artwork, but I have to admit that it's ...

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Rhine Valley Bag

from charmed Liebling - be creative!
(9) Name: 'Sewing : Rhine Valley Bag
Rhine Valley Bag
Rhine Valley Bag
Rhine Valley Bag
Rhine Valley Bag
Rhine Valley Bag

Pattern Description:

With this sewing pattern, you'll be able to make your very own Rhine Valley Bag!

You will love this bag design for its size!
This is a large handbag with a very spacious main compartment plus four additional compartments/pockets. Inside there is a divided slip pocket which reaches across the whole width of the interior. It is 3D shaped to provide even more room for your essentials like keys or phone.

On the front there is a large slip pocket, which is actually divided into two separate compartments by a decorative pleat. Both compartments close with a flap and a magnetic snap.

The bag closes a recessed top zipper. This will look very professional on your bag but is actually not very complicated to make!
Use store-bought leather handles for this bag, or simply make your own handles and attach them with four rectangular rings, the choice is yours.

This project is perfect for someone with advanced basic to intermediate sewing skills. You should be familiar with the basic sewing terms and techniques.

The pdf file comes with 21 pages of instructions, 56 color photographs and 5 pattern pieces. All measurements are given in centimeters and inches.

Please note that this pattern may not be republished or distributed without permission. However you are welcome to sell items made with this pattern. In this case I'd appreciate if you gave me credit as the pattern designer.

Follow the link to my blog post to see more versions of the Rhine Valley Bag!

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • approx. 30 x 45 x 10 cm/ 12" x 18" x 4" (height x width x depth)


  • Exterior fabric: 1 m or 1 yd
  • Lining fabric: 1.30 m or 1 1/3 yd
  • Fusible fleece e.g. Pellon 987F: 0.60 m or 2/3 yd
  • Fusible interfacing, e. g. Pellon 931 TD: 4.20 m or 4.5 yd
  • 1 zipper 46 cm (18in) or longer
  • 2 magnetic snaps
  • 2 faux leather handles, approx. 55 cm (22 in) long
  • If NOT using store bought handles:
  • 4 rectangular rings, 3 cm (1.25 in) width
  • Add 15 cm/ 5 in of lining fabric to the amount given above!

You Will Also Need:

  • thread
  • scissors
  • tape measure
  • fabric marker
  • pins
  • sewing needle

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