The Convertible Bag Pattern

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Quick overview:

The Convertible Bag is an excellent everyday bag that quickly converts from a cross body bag to a backpack. A Mrs H team favourite!



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






  • Easy to read instructions, and colour photographs
  • Easily convert the bag from a cross body bag to a backpack using the adjustable long strap
  • Bag of the Month Club pattern for March 2014


Bag Features

The compact bag size of The Convertible Bag is perfect for errands or a day trip where you don't want to haul around a giant bag.

Need your hands free? Use The Convertible Bag as a backpack by unclipping the strap from its top rings, threading the strap through the back 'tunnel' and re-clipping it to the bottom D-rings. Concerned about the safety of a backpack or want easy access to your bag? You can quickly switch the strap back to its crossbody style.

The Convertible Bag has multiple pockets, with internal zip and slip pockets, as well as a zip pocket on the back and a slip pocket on the front.


Pattern Features

The Convertible Bag sewing pattern features comprehensive instructions, and colour photographs.

The Convertible Bag is classified as a beginner to intermediate pattern. It is written in UK English and has been thoroughly tested by a team of expert pattern testers.

The paper pattern is an A5 booklet with printed pattern pieces. Please note that the PDF download for The Convertible Bag only includes printed pattern pieces for the curved pieces of the bag sewing pattern. Cutting out instructions are provided for the remaining pieces of the pattern. The downloadable PDF sewing pattern features 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 on your 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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Pattern FAQs

What difficulty is this sewing pattern?

The Convertible Bag sewing pattern is classified as a beginner to intermediate level sewing pattern. However, if you get stuck, click here to visit our Facebook group for support: Facebook Support Group for Sewing Patterns by Mrs H.


How big is the finished bag?

Finished dimensions of 9" x 11" x 2" (23cm x 28cm x 5cm)


What materials do I need to make this bag?

  • 1 1/8yd (1m) Outer fabric
  • 1 1/8yd (1m) Lining fabric
  • 1 x FQ Contrasting outer fabric for front pocket
  • 5/8 yd (0.5m) Heavy stabiliser
  • 1 5/8yd (1.5m) Medium weight interfacing
  • 1 x 1 1/2" (38mm) Thumb catch
  • 1 x 1" (25mm) Triglide buckle
  • 2 x 1" (25mm) Swivel lobster clips
  • 4 x 3/4" (20mm) D-rings
  • 2 x 6" (15cm) zips (can be cut down to size)


What fabric did you use for the cover bags?

The cover bags for The Convertible Bag were made for us by Lynne's Selections. The bag on the left on the cover was made using fabric designed by Beth Studley for Makower


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Where can I find more inspiration?

For more photos and information please see my blog entries: Introducing The Convertible Bag (Bag of the Month Club March 2014), The Convertible Bag Tester Photos.


Is there a sew along for The Convertible Bag?

Not yet! Would you like to host one? Send us an email at


I've found a mistake!

This pattern does have some known errors.

  • Incorrect cutting information on some paper patterns: Please follow cutting out guide on first page of booklet. The errors are as follows: 1 - Pattern Piece D Flap: pattern piece should read "Cut 1 outer, cut 1 lining, cut 1 fusible fleece, cut 2 medium weight interfacing"; 2 - Pattern Piece G Back strap tunnel: pattern piece should read "Cut 1 outer or contrast, cut 1 medium weight interfacing"; 3 - Pattern Piece I Zip and slip pockets: pattern piece should read "Cut 1 outer, cut 2 lining, cut 3 medium weight interfacing".
  • Paper Piece B Lining measurements: Some of the paper patterns have the measurements reversed on the cutting out page for Paper Piece B Lining. The correct measurements are 13" x 12" (33cm x 30cm). The paper pattern piece, label, and PDF patterns are all correct.
  • Material requirements: You may need 1 5/8yds (1.5m) of medium weight interfacing for this bag.

You will find a complete list of errors for our patterns on our Errata page. If you can't find your mistake in this list or on the Errata page please send us an email to so that we can add it to our list to correct when the pattern is next updated.


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