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everyday bag

$ 8.00

This is a PDF SEWING PATTERN that is available for immediate download, NOT a finished product! The PDF is 9 pages long, and includes step-by-step directions with pictures, preparation & construction tips, plus the pattern itself.


the everyday bag
True to its name, this handbag is perfect for daily use. Its generous size and clever design means you'll always have everything you need, but won't be burdened by a cumbersome, shapeless sack. Even better, the simplicity of the pattern makes it easy to personalize into something you'll love to use every day!


finished dimensions
The everyday bag stands 7" tall and 9" wide, with 4" deep gussets at the bottom, and a single 25" long strap. View A has a front accent panel and straps attached with D-rings. The roomy interior includes a patch pocket that can be easily expanded or doubled for more storage.


skill level
The everyday bag is a great project for beginners and experienced sewers alike. The pattern includes clear instructions on how to insert a zipper on a curve, and two different ways to attach the strap.


suggested fabrics
Medium-weight denim, canvas, corduroy, duck cloth or upholstery fabric are perfect for the body ("self fabric"). Use lightweight wovens like quilting cotton for the lining and accent fabric. Avoid fabrics that are sheer, stretchy, knit, drapey, slippery, heavyweight, or with pile like velvet or faux fur.


materials needed

  • 1 yard of self fabric and 1/2 yard of lining fabric
  • 1 yard of lightweight fusible interfacing (I like Pellon brand Shape-Flex SF 101)
  • optional: accent fabric at least 7" x 11" for view A
  • optional: two 2" D-rings for view A
  • 12" zipper
  • basic sewing supplies + a zipper foot


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Sewing patterns by Valerie Williams under the label Holland Cox, The Syndicate, or handmade classics are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License, and are for personal use only.

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