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I started selling purse pattern designs in 2011, and have enjoyed sewing and crafting since I was a kid. I have dabbled in sewing kids clothes, drapes, quilts, and other home projects, but I am ...

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The Nina Bag Pattern

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(9) Name: 'Sewing : The Nina Bag Pattern
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The Nina Bag Pattern
The Nina Bag Pattern

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Basic sewing skills
  • Installing a zipper OR a magnetic snap

Pattern Description:

The Nina Bag is a versatile every day bag with a clean outer look that can be dressy or casual.

The roomy interior includes a subdivided pocket for pens and small items, a deeper pocket for a phone or sunglasses, and a large pocket with a flap to fit an e-reader or tablet.

Instructions are included for a zipped top or try the "skip the zippers" option for a quick bag with a magnetic snap closure.

Handles can be made with or without hardware.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Approx. 12" H x 16" W x 5" D


  • 42-44" wide cotton quilting fabric, linen or lighter weight decorator fabrics
  • 3/4 yard of main fabric
  • 3/4 yard of coordinating fabric (or 2/3 yard if sewing handles out of another fabric
  • 1/4 yard of coordinating handle fabric (optional)
  • 2-1/8 yards of 20-22" wide medium weight woven fusible interfacing such as Pellon SF101
  • 1/3 yard of 44-45" wide firm non-woven interfacing such as Pellon decor bond
  • 1 yard of extra-firm stabilizer such as Pellon 926, Sew Lazy Stiff Stuff or ByAnnie's Soft and Stable
  • One 5-1/4" x 10-3/4" piece of fusible Peltex or mat board to reinforce bottom

You Will Also Need:

  • One 18" or longer zipper OR a magnetic snap set
  • Four rectangle rings with an inside width of 1-1/4" (optional)
  • 1-1/8 yards of 1/4" clothesline
  • About 24" of household string
  • One 1 to 1-1/4" wide button
  • An embroidery needle
  • Masking Tape
  • Rotarycutter, mat and ruler
  • Fabric marking pen
  • Size 14 or 16 machine sewing needle
  • Thread

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