Shabby Bag Pattern


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Sewing: Shabby Bag
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Pattern Details:

Pattern Details






Women, Girls



Skill Level:

medium skill level requirement Intermediate

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Basic sewing machine skills
  • Accurate cutting skills
  • Patience

Pattern Description:

This hip & cool bag pattern is great for seamstresses who have proficient sewing skills (ages 9 & up).

The Shabby Bag is a student (and teacher!) favorite. We make them for ourselves as well as gifts for friends and family. The bag utilizes 8 different coordinating fabrics that can be pulled from your scrap bin or purchased new. There are 2 pockets inside to hold smaller items and has a button and enclosure tab to secure contents.

All our patterns are rated Easy, Pro and Daredevil. This pattern is rated "Daredevil" level not because it is hard to make, but because it requires the seamstress to have careful cutting skills, follow a piecing chart and above all have patience. There are lots of steps, but have no fear, the pictures and directions are VERY clear and you will get lots of compliments when you carry your Shabby Bag around town!

This pattern contains 37 pages and is in pdf format. It has meticuous step-by-step instructions, pattern pieces and MANY large colored photos containing directional arrows. It is written in sewing lingo anyone young or old can understand.

Finished dimensions is approximately 11" wide x 8" tall x 4" deep.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 11" wide x 8" tall x 4" deep


  • 8 Coordinating cotton fabrics - 1/4 yd each of 7 and 1/2 yard of 1 for straps, pockets, squares
  • 3/4 yard muslin
  • 3/4 yard quilt batting

You Will Also Need:

  • 1" or wider button
  • sewing machine
  • thread
  • iron & ironing board
  • washer & dryer
  • hand stitching needle
  • scissors
  • pins
  • masking tape
  • pen

About Designer

About Designer

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My name is Karen and I teach kids to sew. My in-home sewing school is a busy one filled with adorable children of all ages and abilitites. One never tires of the smiles and joy experienced when a student finishes a project they sewed on their own. Such a rewarding job!

One challenge I face is finding patterns written in lingo kids can follow. So, I developed Little Stitchers' ...

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