This is a PDF Sewing Pattern. You must be able to open and print a PDF file. This is a digital sewing pattern, not a finished bag.
- 15 page full color tutorial with photos
- 17 pages of computer generated pattern pieces (9 pattern pieces total, must be printed and taped together)
- Dimensions provided as well as pattern pieces
- Detailed construction and zipper instructions
- A download link will be provided after purchase
This is the bag everyone has been waiting for! The perfect size for shopping hands-free or taking just-enough-but-not-too-much to that summer outing. People will ask you where you got your designer handbag. Zippers are not scary! 15 pages of full color, tutorial style instructions will walk you through exactly how to install the zips. Learn how to install a wide opening inset, recessed zipper, a technique you can out into use on many other bags as well. The front of the bag features a slip pocket for whatever you need handy and a secure zipper pocket for your phone or wallet. The special front pocket construction allows the pocket to lay flat and keeps the bulk out of the seams. The adjustable strap gives you the option of wearing this cross body or just on one shoulder, and the method of construction allows you to get a full strap out of just a single yard of fabric!
This bag will easily carry your e-reader or trade paperback!
Main fabric: 1 yard
Lining fabric: 2/3 yard
20” fusible interfacing: 2 1/2 yards (Pellon SF-101 woven fusible interfacing is the best choice for quilting cotton!)
20” sew-in interfacing: 1 yard (I recommend Pellon 50 or similar.)
Hardware: 1.5” rectangle + 1.5” slider
14” or longer nylon zipper 9” or longer nylon zipper
Rotary cutter & mat or ruler & scissors to measure strap
Size 80 or 90 “microtex” or “sharp” needle
This bag has a zipper closure with an inside patch pocket, and an outside slip pocket with front zipper pocket.
Finished size: 11” tall, 9” wide, 1.5” deep with a 30”- 56” adjustable strap
I made this?
Wow! I keep looking at my finished bag and thinking "I made this??" I haven't seen in over 30 years, but did several projects over the last few days, but nothing like this. I don't think I've ever done anything with zippers before, but they were quite easy with this pattern. I love the photographs to show what needs to done. I get frustrated easily at poorly written patterns (which I find with sewing and with crochet). I wish all patterns came with photos!
I also really liked that everything was rectangular. I didn't print any of the pattern pieces,I just used the measurements and cut the pieces after marking the fabric (I am a geeky scientist so this appealed to me!).
Of course, finding the right fabric is a must, IMHO. I went out and bought more of the same fabric because I have a feeling that a friend will want mine when she sees it!
Thank you for such a great pattern that produces such a wonderful item! One quick note, I think there is a minor error one page 11. At step k, you say to start sewing at the 2.25 mark, but the picture indicates to sew the other way. I don't know if it matters that much but did want to point that out. One suggestion, piece G is called Lining Top, but cut from main fabric. When I got to page 11 and it mentions lining piece G,I had a moment of confusion because I was looking for a piece cut from lining material. Not a huge deal once I double-checked the cutting layout, but you want to consider renaming that piece. These are both very minor and was so happy to work from a pattern that didn't cause any cursing or gnashing of teeth! It was fun to work on this project and a big part of that was the clear instructions.
WOW - Impressive!
I cannot believe how impressed I am with myself having made one of these bags! Even my hubby keeps saying he can't believe I made it. You can see it here:
Erin is an a.maz.ing instructor! I hated sewing in zippers before this project and let me say I am no longer scared!!! I did happen to get the upper zipper flipped, which was no fault of Erin's. I thought I had it correct according to the photo, but I didn't listen to her text - bad sewer! But she saved me by telling me in the next step to check the zipper before moving on. That was the *only* time I had to get out the seam ripper - a record for me on a project and amazing considering the number of steps to make this!
The only other mistake I did, again because I didn't pay attention, was to sew both open ends of the strap to the same side rather than just one. All it took to fix it was cutting one end off so I could then feed it through the adjustment hardware. Only I really know the "leftover" is there.
Erin's directions are not only clear and concise, but she puts the directions right by the photos, which are step-by-step and so informative. Her patten pieces are so well marked, too! If you have to join pieces of paper, she has matching shapes (different on each one) to line them up. She also has the piece letter and its finished dimensions, plus how many of each fabric/interfacing to cut out. Brilliant!
I came into this project from an extremely frustrating, but should-have-been simple project where I also purchased a PDF pattern (for nearly the same price as the 2ZH). I had about 10 e-mail conversations with the designer, where she kept telling me I was "over thinking" things. Nope, she was incredibly NOT clear and had many errors (which she's now changed). I wanted to give up on paid patterns and use free, online tutorials. But I loved the looks of the 2ZH so much I couldn't pass it up. I am so glad I did not! Making this has totally restored my sewing confidence.
I plan to make many more of these as gifts and also in other fabrics for myself. I also cannot wait to purchase more of Erin's projects.
This bag turns out incredibly professional looking. To get an equivalent bag I would have had to have paid $40-50.
Also, Erin's choice of interfacing and stabilizer is spot on. She even suggests certain machine needles, which made ALL the difference when sewing this - especially at the end when I needed to go through layers and layers of fabric. I was ready for my needle to snap, but nope, thanks to Erin!
Great Pattern, Cute bag!
This is a great pattern, a bag I'm happy to make again and again. The instructions are pretty clear but there were some terms I didn't understand. I think adding a glossary of terms used on the site for patterns would be lovely. Especially when searching the internet the answers can be convoluted or vague. This pattern was my first time using interfacing and it was a great introduction to it! The pattern also seems easy to alter in tiny ways (like a magnet clasp, buttons etc). I really enjoyed making the bag! Thanks!
Response: Do you mind sending me an example of the terms you didn\'t understand? Things like seam allowance, right sides together... I try to explain at the beginning and then use SA and RST throughout to save space. I\'d be happy to explain further if that is still confusing! Just email me! Thanks!
Love this bag!
What a fabulous bag! I spent one afternoon cutting out and interfacing fabrics for two bags and another afternoon sewing them all together. Pattern is easy to follow and just makes sense. I love the size of the bags - just perfect for enough, but not too much. One thing I did when sewing the straps to the exterior is basting them in place first by hand and then using the machine to sew them on. I just couldn't get pins to hold them in place and didn't want them to be sewn on crooked.
Only change I am going to make next time (just to try it) is to cut the interfacing for the strap to be 3" wide instead of 6" and then just fuse down the middle. The strap just feels a bit stiff and not very "mold able" to my shape, even using quilting cotton. I think that taking those 3" of interfacing out will help.
I've made two of these bags and I LOVE them! Made the first one for a new DIL who wanted to take it on her honeymoon. She is still carrying it non-stop for 5 months. She asked me for another one...and she knows I'll make it.
Good job on the purse. The instructions were sensational. I've sewn forever, but all the pictures helped.
My New Favorite Bag Pattern!
I stumbled upon your blog one day last week and saw your 2 zipper bag. I have been looking for a new hipster bag to make that I can fit my iPad into if I need to. This bag pattern said it was perfect for that so I purchased and received my download PDF pattern just minutes after the transaction was complete. I would say from start to finish this bag took about 10 hours to make. Perfect! I love the bag! I have already had friends want to make them one and I have only been using it one day! I noticed you are going to have a smaller version of this available in the future. I will watch for that and definitely purchase that pattern as well.
My favorite bag
I love this bag. I've made two so far, and I'm sure I'll be making more.
I love that I can put my cell phone and keys in the outside zip pocket; I can get to them quickly, but they are still secure.
The instructions are clear and complete. I just followed them and had a really cool bag!
This bag instantly caught my attention. I purchased the pattern immediately. The instructions were very clear and easy to follow. The bag went together effortlessly, even the zippers! I have never been a huge bag/purse carrier, but this one has not left my side since I made it. I receive many compliments on it and many requests to make one. Thank you for a great pattern!
I am maybe an advanced beginner when it comes to sewing. I was really hesitant to purchase this pattern because I was totally afraid I couldn't hack it and it would be a waste of $ and time. Thanks to your fabulous instructions I made it and in record time too.. two days of totally relaxed sewing and I have a fabulous bag that's exactly what I wanted. Thank you so very much.