What's your ideal size of bag?

What size bag (or purse!) do you prefer as your everyday go-to bag?

A smaller essentials-only bag, or a larger carry all for all the bits and bobs that you maybe might one day need?

If you're a fan of larger bags, purses, and carry alls, have a little look through our curated list of recommended sewing patterns from Sewing Patterns by Mrs H and Swoon Patterns!

Atlas Rucksack from Swoon Sewing Patterns

Atlas Rucksack from Swoon Sewing Patterns

Photo credit: Elizabeth Bolton

"Comfort and performance go hand in hand with this expandable and fully adjustable rucksack. Perfect for a hike through the woods or a walk to the farmers market, this unisex design can be made in any style you prefer. It features adjustable backpack straps and front closure straps, as well as a large front zippered pocket and top carrying/hanging handle."


The Explorer Carry-on from The Complete Bag Making Masterclass by Samantha Hussey

The Explorer Carry-on made by Tara from UhOh Creations

Photo credit: Tara Sinclair from UhOh Creations

Big enough for a few days’ clothing, yet small enough to pop on an overhead rack, this sizeable bag has interior pockets to keep your accessories organized and exterior pockets for easy access to items on the go, including a passport pocket! Practical and modern, it features two carry handles as well as a removable adjustable shoulder strap.


Dallas Vintage Duffel

Dallas Vintage Duffel from Swoon Patterns

"Make this vintage-inspired duffel bag, then head out for an adventure! Includes handles as well as an adjustable crossbody strap. A little piping adds a classic, authentic look and two zippered pockets keep your small items organized. Instructions are included to make your own handles and strap, or you can use webbing. Three sizes included."


The Side Hustle laptop bag from Sewing Patterns by Mrs H

The Side Hustle from Sewing Patterns by Mrs H

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The Side Hustle is the perfect bag for taking care of business. It has an internal padded laptop sleeve, fully enclosed lining seams and a luggage sleeve on the exterior. Use it for work, college, school, or your 'side hustle'. The possibilities are endless!


Stella Weekender

Stella Weekender from Swoon Patterns

Photo credit: Melissa Magruder

"The perfect bag for a weekend adventure, Stella offers trendy style and plenty of interior space. Featuring roomy cargo pockets, open side pockets, a large exterior zippered pocket and a removable strap, you’ll wonder how you ever traveled without her."


The Nappy Bag from Sewing Patterns by Mrs H

The Nappy Bag from Sewing Patterns by Mrs H

The Nappy Bag is specially designed to be practical, yet stylish. Ideal for parents who want to look good whilst toting the supplies needed to cope with a little one! This versatile bag is big enough to hold multiple items without the usual changing bag look. Many of the testers have also chose to make additional bags as travel/overnight bags showing just how multi-purpose this pattern is! The Nappy Bag is also an ideal gift for baby showers and expectant parents, or a great, satisfying sew to make for yourself.


Sophia Swim Tote

Sophia Swim Tote from Swoon Patterns

Photo credit: Alicia Miller

"The perfect beach carry-all, Sophia can be worn like a backpack with a towel tucked under the handles because of its fully-adjustable one-piece design. A pleated pocket outside and a large hanging zippered pocket inside keep small items secure."


The Window Shopper Tote from Sewing Patterns by Mrs H

Window Shopper Tote from Sewing Patterns by Mrs H

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This beautifully big bag is perfect for shopping and days out, running errands, or even apparently a quick trip to the gym (so I've been told....), with plenty of room for everything you need for a fantastic day out! The Window Shopper Tote has 6 pockets - 4 inside and 2 outside, so it's great for keeping your belongings organised! The oval metal grommet handles really make this bag stand out, with a detachable cross body shoulder strap for heavier loads! There is also a zipped top to keep everything safe inside.


The Machine Bag from Sewing Patterns by Mrs H

Machine Bag from Sewing Patterns by Mrs H

Photo credit: Lynn from She Wears Red Feathers

Keep your sewing machine protected and dust-free with The Machine Bag. This bag is an interesting sew, perfect for sewing retreats or everyday use. Not only does The Machine Bag make an excellent sewing machine cover but you could also sew it as an overnight bag, a weekend bag, or a storage bag. For a more challenging sew, try using patchwork for the outer pieces.


Do you prefer a smaller bag? Take a look at our recommended small bag sewing patterns, medium sized bag sewing patterns, and patterns that come in multiple sizes!

Have you already sewn your ideal bag? Enter a photo of it into our giveaway gallery before noon UK time on 28th September 2021 for the chance to win a gift subscription to the Bag of the Month Club - www.mrs-h.com/your-perfect-handmade-bag