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The Bookbag Backpack

What difficulty is The Bookbag Backpack?

The Bookbag Backpack is classified as an advanced pattern and may be tricky for beginners.


What machine did you use to sew this originally?

I used a Brother FS-40, it's a domestic machine designed for quilting


How big is The Bookbag Backpack?

W 12” x H 15” x D 3”

W 30.5cm x H 38cm x D 7.5cm


What interfacing and stabiliser should I use?

Vilene G700 or Pellon SF101 for the medium weight interfacing and fusible fleece or a foam stabiliser such as Headliner, Soft & Stable or Bosal In-R Form for the heavy weight stabiliser.


What fabrics did you use?

I made my cover bag from Poetic Saddle in Iris with Rhythmic Hatch Dream for the straps both from Bari J's Anna Elise line for Art Gallery Fabrics. I used 'Gumdrop' by Kona Cotton for the accents.

My shiny 'Made in Great Britain' bag label came from the Emmaline Bags range stocked by Bobbin Girl.

I used some eyelet lace trim cut in half to trim my front pocket and back strap support, I think it pairs really nicely!

I used regular quilting cotton for the outer and lining, medium weight interfacing on the lining panels (Vilene F220) and headliner foam for the outer panels.


What does it look like inside?


The Bowler Bag

Where can I buy this bag sewing pattern?

Here! https://www.mrs-h.com/the-bowler-bag-pattern.html


What fabrics did you use?

The print on my cover bag is Herb Garden from the Amalfi range designed by Rifle Paper Co for Cotton and Steel


The Bubbles Bag

Why can't I find this pattern on your website?

We're sorry, but The Bubbles Bag is a retired pattern. Why not try The Fiesta Tote, or watch out for the release of The Loopy Lou later in 2019!

The Bucket Tote

Why can't I find this pattern on your website?

The Bucket Tote is currently exclusive to attendees at The Bag Retreat. Keep an eye on social media for news of its general release some time in 2020!


The Captivating Clutch

What difficulty is it?

This is classified as an intermediate level pattern. It does require focus as it has an unusual construction, but the testers found the pattern straightforward when they followed step-by-step.

How big is The Captivating Clutch?

The finished dimensions of the Starlet Clutch are 9" x 7" x 2.5" (23cm x 18cm x 6.5cm). The Leading Lady Oversized Clutch is 13" x 10" x 4" (33cm x 25.5cm x 10cm).

What fabrics did you use?

I used Mixologie linen by Studio M for Moda Fabrics, paired with Kona Navy and Kona Ice Frappe. The fabrics were provided by Simply Solids.

The Companion Carpet Bag

What difficulty is The Companion Carpet Bag?

The Companion Carpet Bag is a beginner-level pattern. The trickiest part is keeping track of the tiny screws you will use in the frame!


What machine did you use to sew this originally?

For the first edition of this pattern, I used a Brother FS-40, it's a domestic machine designed for quilting


How big is it?

Small (8.5” tubular frame) – W 12" x H 8" x D 6" (30.5cm x 20cm x 15cm)

Large (12” tubular frame) – W 16" x H 10" x D 6" (41cm x 25cm x 15cm)


Where can I get the internal tubular frame?

UK & Europe: Sew Hot. Small frame - https://www.sewhot.co.uk/product/emmaline-bags-internal-tubular-bag-frame-small/, Large frame - https://www.sewhot.co.uk/product/emmaline-bags-internal-tubular-bag-frame-large/

Canada & USA: Emmaline Bags - emmalinebags.com/collections/bag-hardware/bag-hardware_bag-frames

Worldwide: 3DAN Supplies on Etsy. Small - www.etsy.com/uk/listing/66968312/8-12-x-3-12-inch-aluminous-, and Large - www.etsy.com/uk/listing/58836567/12-inch-aluminous-tubular-internal-hinge


Where can I get the leather handles?

Emmaline Bags - https://emmalinebags.com/collections/straps-handles

3DAN Supplies on Etsy - https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/66357461/a-pair-of-55cm-x-18cm-pu-leather-handles


Can I use a different frame size?

Yes. If your frame is only 1/2" bigger or smaller, then just use whichever pattern piece (small or large) is nearest and adjust the frame channels only using the calculation at step 40) in the pattern. I wouldn't recommend adjusting more than 2".

Follow the steps in my tutorial here: https://www.mrs-h.com/blog/adjusting-the-companion-carpet-bag/


How does The Companion Carpet Bag stay closed?

The tubular frame has enough tension to stay closed on its own. You can add a snap for appearance, such as these available from 3DAN Supplies on Etsy: Sew on leather snap fastener


What fabrics did you use?

You can use upholstery fabric, faux leather, quilting cotton, wool suiting, or a mix of all! Find inspiration for your carpet bag here: New Companion Carpet bag tester photos.


What does The Companion Carpet Bag look like inside?

The Convertible Bag

What difficulty is it?

The Convertible Bag is a beginner to intermediate level bag sewing pattern. One of the Mrs H team members made this bag for their first bagmaking project.


What machine did you use to sew this originally?

I used a Brother FS-40, it's a domestic machine designed for quilting


How big is The Convertible Bag?

W 9” x H 11” x D 2”(W 23cm x H 28cm x D 5cm)


What fabrics did you use?

I made my original cover bag using Joel Dewberry Tile flourish with some solid pink for the contrast front pocket. You can see that bag here: Introducing The Convertible Bag. The current cover bags were made by Lynne's Selections.


What does The Convertible Bag look like inside?



The Crossbody Bag

This pattern is currently exclusive to attendees of The Bag Retreat. Keep an eye on Facebook and Instagram for news of its release.


The Dainty Daytripper

What difficulty is it?

This sewing pattern is around an intermediate level. Be thoughtful about your fabric choices (see below), read the instructions carefully, and have chocolate on hand in case of an emergency!


How big is The Dainty Daytripper?

11" W x 13" H x 5" D (28cm x 33cm x 12.5cm)


What fabrics should I use?

Please note that at its thickest part you will be sewing through 6 layers plus 2 layers of foam stabiliser to form the bottom boxed corners. If you are using all faux leather / vinyl / cork, you may want to consider doing a swatch test before you begin.


Where can I get the internal wire frame?

Sew Hot, or Emmaline Bags. Some bagmakers have made this bag without the frame, and some have experimented with making their own bag frames using wire. We're unable to advise on either of these methods, but have a look through our Facebook group to see what others have tried.


Where can I get the diamond strap anchors?

Sew Hot, or Emmaline Bags. Some bagmakers have made this bag using fabric tabs and rectangular rings in place of the diamond strap anchors. Have a look through our Facebook group to see what others have tried.


Have you got any tips for working with PVC/faux leather?

Sewing faux leather: We entirely understand that faux leather can be tricky if you've not used it before, especially if you have a few layers. You may find it easier to sew if you use a Teflon foot on your machine. You may also want to consider lengthening your stitch to around 4 when topstitching, or reducing the tension on the pressure foot. Some bagineers have told us they use tissue paper or Stitch and Tear when working with faux leather. Don't forget to use a new needle for every project too!


Have you got any tips for working with multiple layers/bulk?

Check out my YouTube video: How to trim headliner away from seams


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJcBjRqRRgM

The Fiesta Tote

What difficulty is it?

This is a beginner-level sewing pattern and a quick, simple sew.


How big is The Fiesta Tote?

14" W x 11.5" H x 5" D (35.5cm x 29cm x 12.5cm)


Where can I find the webbing for the handles?

Sew Hot have a wide selection: https://www.sewhot.co.uk/product-category/notions/handles-straps/. Some bagineers have told us they found their webbing on eBay. You could also use pre-made leather handles instead of webbing, as I did with my Patchwork Fiesta: Herringbone Patchwork Fiesta

The Gentleman's Wallet

What difficulty is it?

The Gentleman's Wallet is an intermediate level sewing pattern.


What machine did you use to sew this originally?

For my initial make, I used a Brother FS-40, it's a domestic machine designed for quilting


How big is The Gentleman's Wallet?

W 4.5" x H 4" x D 0.5" (W 11.5cm x H 10cm x D 1.25cm)


What interfacing and stabiliser should I use?

You’ll need both firm interfacing such as Vilene H250 or Pellon 809 and extra firm stabiliser such as Decovil 1 or Peltex


What fabrics did you use?

I used C4225 for Riley Blake by The Quilted Fish. I designed this pattern for cottons. Although some of my testers experimented with cork and vegan leather, I recommend that you avoid using linens or very thick fabrics for the interior pockets.


Where can I get the vinyl for the ID pocket?

I used clear vinyl from Sew Hot.


The Holey Mayole

What difficulty is it?

This is an intermediate level sewing pattern


How big is The Holey Mayole?

13" W x 11" H x 5" D (33cm x 28cm x 12.5cm)


Can I make the bag without the hole?

You can! You'll want to attach a crossbody strap in place of the handles.


Why do people keep telling me to take a selfie with my Holey Mayole?

This bag sparked a trend among bagineers for taking a photo through the flaphole. It even has its own hashtag - #flapholeselfie. It's a fun little extra thing to do as you're making your bag. Be sure to share your selfies with us on our Facebook group, so we can cheer you on in your bagmaking adventure.


What's the meaning behind the name Holey Mayole and how do I pronounce it?

This bag was originally designed for The Bag of the Month Club and was released in May 2018, and the flap has a hole for the handles.

The bag name is pronounced as "Ho-lee May-o-lee".

The Jangles Anchor Bag

What difficulty is it?

This is an intermediate to advanced level sewing pattern, designed to teach you new bagmaking techniques.


How big is The Jangles Anchor Bag?

11" W x 10" H x 5" D (28cm x 25cm x 12.5cm)


Where can I get the long john strap anchors?

Sew Hot - https://www.sewhot.co.uk/product-category/notions/bag-hardware/strap-anchors/, or Emmaline Bags - https://emmalinebags.com/products/strap-anchor-long-john-in-6-finish-4-pack. Some bagineers have made this using diamond strap anchors or rectangular rings. Have a look on our Facebook group for inspiration.

What is the meaning behind the pattern's name?

The 'Anchor' part comes from the pattern using Long John Strap Anchors. 'Jangles' is the nickname of one of our favourite people!


The Loopy Lou

Where can I buy this bag sewing pattern?

The Loopy Lou bag sewing pattern is currently exclusive to attendees at The Bag Retreat. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram pages for news on its general release!


The Machine Bag

What difficulty is it?

This is an intermediate level sewing pattern


How big is The Machine Bag?

16.5" W x 12.5" H x 9" D (42cm x 32cm x 23cm)


Where can I find the webbing for the handles?

Sew Hot have a wide selection: https://www.sewhot.co.uk/product-category/notions/handles-straps/.


Where can I get foam core board for the bag base?

This is an artist's material, so check out your local art supply shops. Some bagineers have used plastic mesh or plastic cutting boards cut to size for their bag bases. Have a look on our Facebook group for inspiration.

The Nappy Bag

What difficulty is it?

This is an advanced level sewing pattern.


How long does it take to sew The Nappy Bag?

This isn't a quickie. Our more experienced testers spent around 4 hours just on the sewing. The average sewing time for The Nappy Bag appears to be around 6-8 hours. If you're making the full version of The Nappy Bag with all the pockets, then the cutting out and prep time is likely to be around another 4 hours too.


How big is The Nappy Bag?

W 18" x H 10" x D 5"

W 45.75cm x H 25.5cm x D 12cm


What fabrics did you use?

I used quilting cottons throughout. You can use a lightweight home décor fabric, but it can be tricky.

For my first version, I used Amy Butler home decor fabric Trumpet Flowers in pink and co-ordinated it with Robert Kaufman Kona Solids Melon.


What does The Nappy Bag look like inside?


Can I make The Nappy Bag as an overnight bag or an office bag?

Yes! There are lots of ways that you can modify The Nappy Bag. I've made multiple versions of it, including as an overnight bag, and as an office bag. Why not have a browse of some of my blogs about The Nappy Bag? List of blogs tagged for The Nappy Bag

The Pampering Pouch

What difficulty is it?

This is a beginner-level bag sewing pattern.


What machine did you use to sew this originally?

I used a Brother FS-40, it's a domestic machine designed for quilting


How big is The Pampering Pouch?

W 14.5” x H 9” x D 4.5”

W 35.5cm x H 23cm x D 11.5cm


What fabrics did you use?

Quilting cottons, with an optional faux leather accent on the base. I used fabrics from Betz White’s Dutch Treat line for Riley Blake


Where did you get the internal frames:

US/CANADA: https://emmalinebags.com/products/internal-wire-frames-style-c-14-x-4-1-2

UK: https://www.sewhot.co.uk/product/emmaline-bags-internal-wire-frame-style-c/


What does The Pampering Pouch look like inside?


The Reversible Hobo Bag

What difficulty is The Reversible Hobo Bag?

This is a beginner level bag


What machine did you use to sew this originally?

I used a Brother FS-40, it's a domestic machine designed for quilting


How big is The Reversible Hobo?

W 15” x H 15” x D 4”

W 38cm x H 38cm x D 10cm


What fabrics did you use for your Reversible Hobo Bag?

I used a faux leather for the outer and a quilting cotton for the lining, but of course it’s reversible! This pattern also looks great in home decor fabric. For my first bag, I used Tula Pink Chain main in Plum and Bramble Flame retardant faux leather from Fabric-online.co.uk


What does The Reversible Hobo Bag look like inside?


The Ring Sling

What difficulty is it?

This is a beginner-level bag, and a quick and easy sew.

How big is it?

12" W x 10" H x 5" D (30.5cm x 25.5cm x 12.5cm)


Is there a video tutorial for The Ring Sling?

Yes! You'll find it on my YouTube channel here: The Ring Sling Sew Along on YouTube.

I'm planning to make my Ring Sling with faux leather/vinyl; do I need to use stabiliser?

Not necessarily. For my first Ring Sling, I used faux leather and didn't use any stabiliser at all, just medium weight interfacing on the inside lining. The structure of the bag's shape gives it the stability that it needs without stabiliser.


Why is the interior pocket designed this way?

To hide the raw edges of the zip tape.


The Sassy Saddlebag

What difficulty is it?

This is a beginner-level sewing pattern.


What machine did you use to sew this originally?

I used a Brother FS-40, it's a domestic machine designed for quilting


How big is it?

W 14" x H 8.5" x D 7"

W 35.5cm x H 22cm x D 18cm


What does it look like inside?


Have you got any tips for working with PVC/faux leather?

Sewing faux leather: We entirely understand that faux leather can be tricky if you've not used it before, especially if you have a few layers. You may find it easier to sew if you use a Teflon foot on your machine. You may also want to consider lengthening your stitch to around 4 when topstitching, or reducing the tension on the pressure foot. Some bagineers have told us they use tissue paper or Stitch and Tear when working with faux leather. Don't forget to use a new needle for every project too!

Ironing faux leather: There is a step in the making of The Sassy Saddlebag where you need to press your bag. When you get to this point, put your iron on low, use a pressing cloth, and only press very gently.


The Satchel Bag

Why can't I find The Satchel Bag on your website?

We're sorry, but this is a retired sewing pattern. Why not try the large version of The Captivating Clutch? Or, make The Nappy Bag as an office bag! Find out how I did that, here: Amanda's Awesome Bag


The Sling Bag

What difficulty is it?

This is a beginner level bag, and an ideal first make for beginners, especially as it's totally free!


What machine did you use to sew this originally?

I used a Brother FS-40, it's a domestic machine designed for quilting


How big is it?

W 13” x H 8” x D 4.5”

W 33cm x H 21cm x D 12cm


What fabrics did you use?

The grey is faux suede upholstery fabric, with pink floral lawn from Granny’s stash. The Green & pink is from Granny’s stash too!


What does it look like inside?


The Squiffy Sling

What difficulty is it?

This is a beginner level bag pattern.


How big is it?

Small: 8" W x 9" H x 3" D (20cm x 23cm x 8cm); Large: 10" W x 11" H x 4" D (25cm x 28cm x 10cm)


Can I use directional fabric for The Squiffy Sling?

As this bag sewing pattern has just one main pattern piece, you might find it easiest to use non-directional fabrics. However, if you are thinking of using a directional fabric, PennyDog Patchwork has a pattern hack video on YouTube to help you get your prints the right way up.


The Swim & Gym

What difficulty is it?

Advanced beginner. The construction is beginner, but working with tricky fabrics makes it slightly more difficult.


What machine did you use to sew The Swim & Gym originally?

I used a Brother FS-40, it's a domestic machine designed for quilting


How big is The Swim & Gym?

12” W x 18” H x 7” D (30cm X 45cm X 18cm)


What interfacing and stabiliser should I use?

None!


Where did you get….

Mesh – By Annie’s manufactures mesh which is available in many haberdasheries

Rope – any hardware store. It needs to fit through your eyelets but over than that as thick as possible

Waterproof material – you can use cordura which is a speciality material or anything waterproof. One of my testers used a waterproof table cloth.

Pretty metal rope endings – from the hardware store. In the UK they’re called copper couplings


What fabrics did you use?

I used faux leather, PUL and Mesh. I also used on a different bag 1000d Cordura and mesh. I have also made a bag from faux leather, quilting cotton and linen, please see the sew along posts. I finished the rope ends off with Copper Couplings on some bags.


What does it look like inside?


What type of elastic should I use?

Fold over Elastic


How long should the elastic be?

Cut the elastic unstretched to the length you'd like the pocket top to be


The Toiletry Tote

What difficulty is it?

This is an advanced pattern for bagineers who want a challenging sew, and who have great attention to detail!


How big is it?

14" W x 11.5" H x 5.5" D (35.5cm x 29cm x 14cm)


The Window Shopper Tote

What difficulty is it?

Intermediate


What machine did you use to sew this originally?

I used a Brother FS-40, it's a domestic machine designed for quilting


How big is The Window Shopper Tote?

W 15" x H 16" x D 2.5"
W 38cm x H 40cm x D 6cm


Where did you get….

Screw-In Oval grommet handles

US/CANADA: http://emmalinebags.com/products/oval-bag-handles-grommet-style-screw-in

UK: https://www.sewhot.co.uk/product/emmaline-bags-oval-bag-handles-nickel-finish/. Sew Hot also have a hardware kit available for The Window Shopper Tote: https://www.sewhot.co.uk/product/emmaline-bags-bag-of-the-month-club-kit-for-feb-2016-mrs-h/


What fabrics did you use?

Quilting cotton throughout, with faux leather for the gusset. I used Tula Pink Mosaic in Glacier from the Eden collection


What does it look like inside?


Can I sell bags made with your patterns?

You may sell individual finished items handmade by you using this pattern. Use for mass production or contracting a third party to produce the items is prohibited. If you decide to sell items that you have made from this pattern, please include a credit back to 'Sewing patterns by Mrs H' on your listing. If you do sell bags made with our patterns, we'd be happy to add your information to our list of custom bagmakers (see below). Send your information by email to mrsh@mrs-h.com

Where can I buy bags made from Sewing Patterns by Mrs H patterns?*

Pattern-specific

SellerShopPatterns SoldSeller Notes
Florence Madelaine Co. www.fmdesignerbags.ecwid.com The Companion Carpet Bag/The Nappy Bag/The Window Shopper Tote
UhOh Creations www.uhohcreations.com The Bookbag Backpack/The Companion Carpet Bag/The Saddlebag/The Window Shopper Tote All bags are made based on customer requests, none are pre-made and sold as is. 
Virginia Girl Design www.etsy.com/shop/virginiagirldesign The Nappy Bag/The Reversible Hobo Bag
Double Dutch Stitching https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/DoubleDutchStitching The Ring Sling, The Sassy Saddlebag, The Slouchy Sling Bag "I also take custom orders. I ship most items free within the UK but will ship worldwide too." For more information see: Double Dutch Stitching Facebook page

Any pattern

SellerShopReady to sellSeller Notes
Bags by Bags of Style www.facebook.com/bagsbybags The Reversible Hobo Bag I custom make so could do any of samanthas bags....but I generally have a few hobos available for sale
Sapta HandPrints www.facebook.com/saptahandprints/ Anything that Mrs H creates
Sew Purse-Nickety Bags By SherryT www.facebook.com/bagsbysherryt The Companion Carpet Bag/The Nappy Bag/The Sling Bag/The Window Shopper Tote/Swim & Gym I will custom make any requested
Things by Ellen www.facebook.com/thingsbyellen The Companion Carpet Bag/The Convertible/The Nappy Bag/The Window Shopper Tote Can do all bags
Sew Evey https://www.etsy.com/shop/sewevey Currently makes Sling Bags, Sassy Saddlebags, Carpet Bags, Squiffy Sling, Gentlemans Wallet. Takes custom orders. UK only. For more info see: Sew Evey Facebook page or Sew Evey Instagram page

Are you a seller and wish to appear in these lists? If so, please email with the appropriate information. 

*Sewing Patterns by Mrs H is not responsible for any transactions arising between you and bagmakers listed on the website. Sewing Patterns by Mrs H are not providing recommendations by including this list - information has been provided by sellers and Sewing Patterns by Mrs H cannot guarantee accuracy.

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