- Budget friendly - low on hardware
- Easy to read instructions, colour photographs and pattern pieces.
- Bonus Patchwork Panel Hack
- YouTube tutorial
The essence of The Hope Handbag is style through simplicity - with a budget-friendly materials list, the use of skill building techniques to create structure, and lots of potential for customisation. The petite purse has small grab handles that are perfect for holding in your hand, and is an ideal size to carry as an every day bag. The finished dimensions of The Hope Handbag are 11 1/2" wide x 9" high x 5" deep (29cm x 23cm x 12.5cm).
The Hope Handbag sewing pattern guides you through how to create faux rolled handles that nestle perfectly in your hand. Inside is a zip pocket and slip pocket, and the central space is secured by a top zip closure. If you already follow Mrs H, you'll know that she's usually a huge fan of using lots of blingy hardware, however with The Hope Handbag, she's tried to keep the hardware list small. This past year has been a challenge for so many of us, and she wanted The Hope Handbag to be budget-friendly. Although The Hope Handbag is low on bling, it has a lovely large front panel to play with. You could fussy cut a feature fabric, use applique , or add a little embroidery.
Or, how about a patchwork panel for the front? During testing, Mrs H created a patchwork hack for the front panel, with the option to add a small slip pocket that is just the right size for a travel pass. If you're purchasing the Hope Handbag direct from us, we'll automatically add this bonus file to the downloads area of your account. If you've picked up your pattern from one of our lovely retailers, please click here to download the patchwork panel instructions for free:
The Hope Handbag is classified as a beginner/advanced beginner level bag sewing pattern. It is written in UK English and has been thoroughly tested by a team of expert pattern testers
The Hope Handbag sewing pattern features comprehensive instructions, pattern pieces, and colour photographs. The downloadable PDF pattern features printable pattern pieces and a text only section to save on ink and paper costs. When you buy our PDF sewing patterns, they are immediately added to your online account. Access this through My Downloadable Products in your Mrs H account dashboard, or find out more about how to download and print PDF sewing patterns here: How to download and print your PDF sewing pattern.
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What difficulty is this sewing pattern?
We've had a lot of discussion about how to classify the difficulty of The Hope Handbag sewing pattern. Our more experienced bagmakers found it a breeze. Our beginner bagineers found it straightforward, but also advise that you take your time and read the instructions. If you do get stuck anywhere along the way, please click here to visit our Facebook group for support: Facebook Support Group for Sewing Patterns by Mrs H.
How big is the finished bag?
The Hope Handbag has finished dimensions of 11 1/2" wide x 9" high x 5" deep (29cm x 23cm x 12.5cm)
What materials do I need?
- ½ yd (0.4m) Exterior – This pattern is not designed for use with thicker fabrics like canvas,vinyl etc.
- ¾ yd (0.6m) Lining
- 36” x 10” (91cm x 25.cm) Contrast
- 2 yd (1.8m) Medium weight interfacing (40" or 90cm wide)
- ½ yd (0.4m) Foam Stabiliser (30” or 75cm wide)
- 10 ½” x 4” (27cm x 10cm) Bag base such as plastic canvas or a thin chopping mat
- (1) x 12" (30.5cm) #5 zip for the top (If using continuous zip, use 14” (35.5cm) of tape.)
- (1) x 9" (23cm) #3 zip for the zipped pocket or use longer and cut to size
- (1) x Metal Zip End
- (4) 12mm – 14mm Bag feet
Tools & Notions
- Double sided basting tape
- Zip foot
- Walking foot
- Fray Check
- Pressing Cloth
- Pinking Shears
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Is there a sew along for The Hope Handbag?
Yes, there is! Sew along with Mrs H on YouTube here: The Hope Handbag video sew along with Mrs H. Two of our lovely team members will also be hosting live sewcial sew alongs in our Facebook group in May. Join in the fun at: Sewing Patterns by Mrs H Facebook Support Group
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