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Betz White has built a career on thoughtful design, skilled craftsmanship and a focus on Earth-friendly materials. She is a graduate in fashion design from the University of Cincinnati, a former ...

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Caitlyn Handbag

from Betz White
(9) Name: 'Sewing : Caitlyn Handbag
Caitlyn Handbag
Caitlyn Handbag
Caitlyn Handbag
Caitlyn Handbag
Caitlyn Handbag

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Basic sewing, topstitching, fusing interfacing.

Pattern Description:

The Caitlyn Handbag is sized just right for everyday and uniquely styled with peek-a-boo pleats. Instructions included to "Make New" with a combination of organic cotton prints or "Make Do" with a stash of vintage neckties for a one-of-a-kind retro bag. Bag has a magnetic snap closure and interior pocket. This pattern is part of my Make New or Make Do(tm) sewing pattern collection.

My 13-page printable PDF instructions include color photographs, detailed diagrams, glossary and all the assembly directions you'll need to make the Caitlyn Handbag (14" W x 10" H x 2" D).

Purchase of this pattern does not constitute transfer of copyright or license for commercial usage. For personal use only, do not sell items made using any portion or derivation of these designs.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 14" W x 10" H x 2" D


  • 1/3 yd of 45" wide Main fabric (Light to mid-weight fabrics, such as quilting cottons, twill canvas, decorator fabrics, linens.)
  • 1/4 yd of 45" wide Contrast - 1 fabric (for band)
  • 1/4 yd of 45" wide Contrast - 2 fabric (for pleats, flap and strap)
  • 1/3 yd of 45" wide Lining fabric (Light weight fabrics, such as quilting cottons, broadcloth and shirting)
  • 1 yd of 20" wide woven cotton fusible interfacing
  • 1 magnetic snap, 1/2" diameter
  • optional button
  • thread

You Will Also Need:

  • For the "Make Do" necktie version, you'll need 6-10 neckties, depending on their widths, plus lining, interfacing and notions listed above.

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