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Beginner Bag - PDF Sewing Pattern

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The Beginner Bag PDF sewing pattern is the perfect bag to start your bag making journey! It's made with the absolute novice bag maker in mind and has very in depth explanations of everything from fusing interfacing to zipper installation. Quilting is optional.


But this bag isn't just for the beginner, the simple but stylish design makes it perfect for production sewing or just letting one's creativity run wild. It's also perfect for sewing with panels, as you easily adjust the size of the bag to the size of the panel. It has a zipper top closure, is fully lined and has open slip pockets. It can be made any size you wish, instructions for how to adjust the size is in the pattern. It makes a super cute makeup bag if made smaller, or the perfect beach tote if made in a bigger size. This pattern comes with both inch and centimeter measurements. To see even more, beautiful Beginner Bags for inspiration, make sure you check out my patterns testers lovely work here on my blog).



This is a pattern for the absolute beginner bag maker. No prior knowledge other than basic sewing skills is assumed.



Finished size: ~12” (30cm) high, ~13 ½” (34cm) wide and 4” (10cm) deep at the base. But can be made any literally size, instructions are in the pattern.




⅔ yard (60cm) - Exterior: Cotton fabric, vinyl, faux leather or cork fabric. More fabric will be needed if you wish to fussy cut specific parts of a print.

½ yard” (40cm) - Lining: Cotton fabric.


14” x 28” (40x75cm) - Foam interfacing: By Annie’s Soft & Stable, Pellon Flex­Foam, Bosal In-R-Form or similar.

14” x 28” (40x75cm) Fusible web: Heat n Bond Lite, Vliesofix Bondaweb or similar, only needed if working with cotton exterior and non fusible foam. The kind you use for appliqué.

1 ⅙ yard (100cm) - Thin fusible interfacing: Vilene G700 woven fusible, Pellon SF101 Shape-Flex or similar.

10” x 4” (25x10cm) - Heavy interfacing: Pellon Peltex 71, Fast 2 Fuse Heavy or similar very sturdy interfacing to stabilize the bottom. If you don’t have this, a piece of sturdy cardboard or even a thin plastic cutting board can be used if you’re not planning on washing your bag.



1 - #5 Zipper 14” (35cm) (or longer): Should match the exterior fabric.

Double sided sewing tape: I warmly recommend this, but it’s not necessary.

Rotary cutter, cutting mat and ruler.

Fabric clips.




This is a PDF sewing pattern file for download and printing yourself. It's a full color pattern with step by step instructions, each accompanied by a color photo to make it fun to sew and the pattern easy to follow.

 You're most welcome to sell items made from my patterns on a small scale.