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After having my first child I decided to give up my long-time career in Manhattan in order to stay at home. I am now a full-time Mom to the two most precious little girls and a wonderfully supportive ...

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The Fold Over Bag

from Sewplicity®
(9) Name: 'Sewing : The Fold Over Bag
The Fold Over Bag
The Fold Over Bag
The Fold Over Bag
The Fold Over Bag

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • You will need to know how to use a sewing machine!
  • Good for the Intermediate Sewer

Pattern Description:

One bag, two looks! Keep the bag folded over for a more petite, trendy look and with a quick click of the clasps it turns into a more roomy messenger style bag.

The bag not only offers versatility in use, but in construction as well. Dress it up with home decor fabric, high-end gold grommets and fancy locking gate rings, or simplify it using brass/silver grommets and key rings! Or, you can go middle of the road with regular gate rings. Make the bag fit your budget and style!

This PDF eBOOK is full of detailed pictures and instructions on how to make The Sewplicity(r) Fold Over Bag. Finished Size: 12" x 11" open; 12" x 7" folded

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 12" x 11" open; 12" x 7" folded


  • Sewing Machine
  • Steam Iron
  • Scissors OR Rotary Cutter/Mat
  • 1/2 yd medium/heavy weight fabric for exterior
  • 1/2 yard medium/heavy weight fabric for lining
  • Optional: 1Fat Quarter medium/heavy weight fabric for contrast pocket (if desired you can use the exterior or lining fabric - no extra yardage needed)
  • *Interfacing: 1.5 yards of medium weight fusible interfacing. If using home dcor fabric you DO NOT need interfacing however if you like a stiffer feel, you can use it for the exterior pieces (you will only need 3/4 yard)

You Will Also Need:

  • Coordinating Thread
  • Magnetic Snap
  • Eight 3/8" Grommets
  • *Two 1" metal clasps (lobster or trigger snaps)
  • *Four 1.25" metal O rings that open (use gate rings or you can even use nice key chain rings)
  • *Alternate hardware may be used according to personal taste.

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