This pattern uses a mere fat quarter of fabric for the outer + a little less of another fabric for lining.  If you’re using quilting cotton for the outer fabric, I recommend using a fusible interfacing to strengthen it. You’ll also need a magnetic snap and (optionally) a couple of buttons, although it looks pretty cute without the buttons too. I think this would also look great with some piping or ric-rac over the pleats…I can’t wait to see what y’all do with this one!

While I appreciate links to this post (but not directly to the pattern), please don’t “borrow” my pictures without permission. Thanks and enjoy!

TERMS OF USE: This pattern is offered for free with the understanding that my readers will use it for personal use only.  If you would like to sell Buttercup Bags, please purchase a copy of the pattern (which not only includes two sizes of the bag but comes with a commercial license to sell).  You may not sell or distribute copies of this pattern to others; instead, please refer others who are interested in this pattern to my blog so they can download it for themselves. Questions? Please feel free to email me. I have already happily made exceptions for charity, but please ask first.



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330 Responses to (Free!) Buttercup Bag Sewing Pattern

  1. Aunt LoLo says:

    Oh! How did you KNOW I wanted to try my hand at making a bag?! And it’s so ridiculously CUTE!

    Hmm…no fat quarters in my stash, though. I’ll have to squeak by with what I’ve got – my crafting is on a buying freeze until I work through some of this stash!!

    • Stacie Lantrip says:

      This such a cute little bag! I got some fat quarters for another project and now I am changing my mind! Thanks for the freebie! So nice of you!

    • Donna says:

      If you have any fabric 44/45 in wide inches, you can use 1/2 yard of fabric and you have a fat quarter. Start with that and you can make your bag.

  2. seemommysew says:

    oh, that is so pretty! I am definitely going to make one of those!

  3. frogginette says:

    OMG Rae how cool is that! And you are making it available for free! THANK YOU!

  4. Kyle and Lesley says:

    Wow… thank you so much! I have been looking for a pattern and absolutely LOVE this. You are a genius.

    I always love to see what you come up with. Thanks for the great inspiration

  5. Kyle and Lesley says:

    and I hope you don’t mind I linked this to my blog… I absolutely love this pattern and think you’re so talented!

  6. Rae says:

    K&L: Linking is no prob. Is your blog user protected? I can't get to it for some reason..

  7. Lesley says:

    sorry I was posting under another account…our family blog is private, but my blog is

    Thanks so much!

  8. Cori says:

    Ooooh, that is SO cute! I’m going to have to try my hand at it.

  9. liz says:

    rae! thanks for the pattern! the purse is darling! i was just wondering what i was going to make next…

  10. c.Rachel says:

    That is a cute little bag! Love the fabric too.

    Must save this for when I get more experienced in sewing.

  11. Celia says:

    Thanks, thanks, thakns!!! so much!

  12. Mirre says:

    I’m seriously going to try and make a top… keep us up to date!

  13. Karin says:

    Love it! Thanks for making this available – I have the fabric picked out for SIL’s birthday already and can’t wait for naptime now to get started.

  14. Amy says:

    I love it and definitely plan to try it soon! Thank you!

  15. susan says:

    i am super picky about bags, and this one is just the bees knees!!
    i cant wait to make one!
    thank you so much for the pattern

  16. Stephanie says:

    Hi Rae, I found this pattern through the Sew Mama Sew flickr pool. I love it! I’m having a little bit of a problem printing out the pattern pieces on the pdf. For some reason they are printing out ginormous and won’t fit on the page. Any suggestions?

    Also, I love the fabric you used. I picked some of this up to make a skirt. Very Banana Republic, no?

  17. Amy says:

    If you select “Fit to Paper” when you go to print, it should work. I had the same trouble!

  18. Rae says:

    Printing Issues…

    Yes, it seems the pattern pieces are ginormous unless you select “fit to page” on your page/printer setup. Other functions like “shrink to fit” or “best fit” might work as well.

    The pattern will be the right size if the images print at exactly 8.5×11. Of course you could also try the big size and make a bigger bag (;

    Sorry for the trouble, and thanks so much Stephanie and Amy for helping with this!

  19. Amy says:

    I finished my bag last night! I just love the pattern Rae, thank you.

  20. Myrnie says:

    You’re amazing- you know that, right? SUCH a cute bag!

  21. Heide says:

    No WAY! Too cool, must make one STAT! :)

  22. Alissa says:

    Oh so cute! I’m definitely going to have to make this!

  23. Miss Behave says:

    WOW, thanks so much for posting this! I’m a bag addict and can’t have enough of them :)

  24. summernightsmiles says:

    I have already picked out fabric and buttons to make one of these!
    Thanks a lot for the pattern! The bag looks extremely cute =)

  25. dyedinthewool says:

    Wonderful bag – thank you for making the pattern available

  26. Meg says:

    Hmmm…my previous comment seems to have disappeared.

    I love this pattern! I have all my pieces cut out and ready to be stitched tomorrow night at Sewing Night.

  27. rebecca says:

    Adorable! Thanks for sharing!

  28. Sandra :) says:

    Thank you for such a beautiful pattern – I’m going to try this!

  29. Kindershop says:

    This is sooo pretty. Thank you for the free pattern. Will try it as soon as I can. I have been into making bags lately….

  30. 9crafty11 says:

    I saw this link from fashioned by meg, & was intrigued. I'm glad I looked as this looks like a great bag. Thanks for the pattern – you are very generous! I have it bookmarked as one I MUST try!.

  31. says:

    This is amazing! I can’t wait to make one or two or ten! I’ll be linking as well. Just stunning and so generous!

  32. summernightsmiles says:

    When I stumbled across this pattern (great one, by the way) this afternoon, I just had to make one! And I finished my first one just now! It turned out very nicely =)
    Well, I’m off to bed now… ;-)

  33. Shastababy says:

    I stumbled across your blog last night and HAD to make this bag! I just finished it, I love it! It was a little small, so I made it a little longer and put a zippered pocket inside instead of an open one. I used turquoise synthetic suede (from two bargain store placemats) and lined it with a fat quarter from my stash. It came out beautifully!! Thank you so much for sharing this pattern, I posted pictures on my blog ( with a link to you. Again, many thanks!

  34. Hippie Family... says:

    thanks for following me on twitter.. so cute. love your blog!! I’ll be back for sure!!

  35. Whosies says:

    yiiiippeee!! love it!

  36. Rachel says:

    Oh hooray, I just bought a bunch of beautiful fat quarters not knowing what I was going to do with them … now I know! Thanks! :)

  37. ChickyC says:

    Wow, thanks for this, I have fat quarters in hand and wanted exactly this style of bag to make as a gift for a friend.

  38. Ellen Q says:

    This is the perfect bag that I have been picturing in my head but couldn’t figure out how to make. Thank you!

  39. BiBaBoBje says:

    Thank you! It looks so nice. Thanks for sharing this

  40. ccswch says:

    This is fantastic! I can’t wait for the kids’ nap time so I can get started. I already have the perfect fabric!

  41. Liz says:

    Jumped over here from One Pretty Thing. Love the pattern, can’t wait to try it. Nice to see a fellow Michigander trying to make it Spring a bit early!

  42. Sarah says:

    I just got a new (to me) sewing machine so I’m excited to try it out. Maybe this will be my first project. Very cute!

  43. Andi says:

    this is wonderful! I’ve been looking for a purse project to try and I think I found it! thanks for your tutorial!

  44. Stephanie Wagner says:

    This is great! Thanks for sharing! I can’t wait to make a fun new bag for spring!

  45. sewtakeahike says:

    Thank-you for such a cute little pattern!! I HAVE to make on of these!!

  46. casserole says:

    I think I just found my new spring purse!!! I posted a link to your tutorial on the Craft Gossip Sewing Blog:

  47. Stacy - Mae Mae's Creations says:

    Very cute! I can’t wait to try it out :D

  48. Leana says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this pattern. I have wanted to make a pleated purse for ages, but hadn’t found the right pattern; this will be the perfect way to dive into that.

  49. Sara says:

    Cute bag- saw it on Cute last name too- my maiden name was Hoekstra and I was surprised when I saw it on your pattern. There’s just not many of us out there! Keep up the good work!

  50. SweetT says:

    What a cute bag!
    Thank you so much for the pattern.

  51. Beth says:

    I think this would make a perfect mothers day gift. Hint, hint!

  52. Alissa says:

    Super cute purse! Just made it! You can see it at if you wanna! Thanks for the free pattern!

  53. Nichole says:

    I made one of these tonight and I love it! Thank you so much for the tutorial. I am posting my finished project right now!
    And you may be my new favorite blog!

  54. Shannon says:

    Oh Rae….Rae, Rae, Rae…You are just so fabulous! I can’t wait to make one of these perfectly adorable little buttercups. Thanks girl!

  55. Carson.J.Designs says:

    Just made this tonight! It was the perfect project for a little after work sewing. Love the bag and the pattern was great, once i figured out how to print it out right!! haha

  56. metrosupialdesigns says:

    Love this weekend project! Once I deplete my pile of not yet finished projects I’ll attempt it. I love the buttons!

    *added it to my list of tuts.

  57. Broomcakes says:

    This pattern is absolutely adorable! I tried my hand at a sample bag/first pass…very easy directions! Thank you for sharing!

  58. Alviana says:

    super cute bag! i definitely want to try this. Thanks a lot for sharing! :)

  59. Kay says:

    My girlfriend is coming over for a Sunday sewing party and we’re attempting to each make one!

    Will post photos to the flickr group :)

  60. Amy says:

    Thank you so much for this wonderful pattern. I just love the purse I made with it. I just posted pictures of the bag on my blog.

  61. amykiane says:

    thank you so much for the free pattern! it’s adorable. can’t wait to try it.

  62. June says:

    So sweet. So many thanks

  63. Diana says:

    What a lovely blog, so glad I found you!

  64. Kristin says:

    I have completed 3 already, and featured the pattern on my blog! Thanks for the great tutorial, it was so simple to follow!

  65. nicola says:

    adorable bag! thank you for the pattern, free! i only wish i could open it. it keeps giving me an error message. not meant to be, i guess!
    which name?

  66. littlecumulus says:

    This is SO EXCITING! I love projects that only involve a FQ or two. For some reason, it makes the project seem much more manageable from the get-go. Your blog is wonderful – I’m putting it in my Google reader!

  67. says:

    Cute bag! Love the fabric you chose!

  68. hopelesslyharen says:

    Okay – so this is so adorable, and I made one and love it! It was my first purse ever and came out great! I linked to you from my blog too!!!

  69. kim3timemom says:

    What an adorable bag. I must squeeze in some time to make this one…such a springy look!! :) TFS

  70. Swati says:

    So cute! Thank you so much for posting this free tutorial. And I’m excited that Sew Mama Sew highlighted it today. Great Spring project.

  71. elizabethcarroll says:

    Gorgeous! It’s on my to make list! Thank you for sharing.

  72. Emilyplays says:

    Thank you sharing your delightful pattern! This is just the bag I’ve been looking for! The size is just right and the button details are perfect! Thank you for sharing your talent!

  73. peanenluv78 says:

    the link is not working anymore…


  74. Jen says:

    This is a sweet little bag – can’t wait to try it! The fabric is beautiful – who makes it? It would be amazing in a duvet cover I am making. Thanks!

  75. imaginationinparenting says:

    Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you! I just made this bag for my mother in law’s birthday tomorrow — and i wish I could keep it for myself!

    thank you!

  76. paperseed says:

    Fantastic. Thank you so much for sharing this with the rest of us. What a fun project for summer!

  77. dailydoseofme says:

    Thank you, thank you and THANK YOU for such a great tutorial. I am yet to try sewing a bag and i think buttercup bag might just be my first one.

    Will report back once i have made it.



  78. jedigirlz says:

    love the bag and will be making it soon…..linked your blog to mine. thanks!!! -Autumn at

  79. Ann says:

    I found your pattern yesterday on How About Orange and I made it today…in like 2 hours! I LOVE this pattern! I LOVE that it’s a fat quarter! LOVE! Best of luck to you in the blogosphere!

  80. Shanghai Monkey says:

    I needed an idea for a handmade gift, and this is too perfect!! Thank you so much <3

  81. littlecumulus says:

    I’ve made two within the past 24 hours… I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE it. It’s perfect in every way. Thanks for your generosity in posting this as a free pattern!

  82. Oiyi says:

    That is way too cute! Thank you for the pattern.

  83. happy says:

    Thnx lots for sharing the pattern. Love it n will definitely try making it!

  84. Dana (*danavee*) says:

    SO CUTE! I love it. This bag is officially next on my list! Thanks for being so generous!

  85. jenni says:

    Thanks so much for sharing your pattern of this adorable bag!

  86. saffiertje says:

    Thank you for this awesome pattern! Love the little one and i am going to make it soon…
    love, Miranda

  87. Rachel says:

    Thanks so much for this cute pattern. I made the bag last night and it turned out so nicely! I’m sure I’ll be making it again. I just posted some photos and a link on my blog
    Thanks again!

  88. DHB says:

    adorable pattern! I can’t wait to get home and try it out!

    Thanks so much for this!

  89. ohwow says:

    Thanks so much for your quick response today. I was able to get the purse done. I decided to use interfacing since I was using lightweight cotton. I think I made the right choice. I posted it on my blog

  90. mandylifeboats says:

    i made one with batting and one without. it was a bit sturdier but scary sewing the strap over the seams. i have always loved little purses and this one is just the right size and so so easy to make. thanks so much for the tute.

  91. poppyart says:

    beautiful and actually looks like i may manage it! and i have only tried big squishy bags so far! thanks. i found you via kristen’s grace violet blog.

  92. clicketyclak says:

    Thank you for the free pattern of your Buttercup purse.

    I am sharing your site/blog on my blog so others will come and check it out.

    I wrote about your purse with Amy Butler’s free favorite clutch pattern that I also recently bumped into this week.

  93. Maddie says:

    Thank you so much for the free pattern. I am just learning how to sew on a machine and this was so much fun to make. You are the greatest!

  94. beckyquilts says:

    Thanks for the free pattern! I just posted my bag on Flickr (username brquilter). A great way to use fat quarters I got in a swap. It looks like a darling bag for Easter, might be a gift for my granddaughter…

  95. beckyquilts says:

    PS, I am adding a post to my blog ( the bag pattern!

  96. Laura-IH says:

    Thanks so much for posting this awesome pattern. My sister and I made THREE Buttercup Bags this weekend. I posted them on my blog!

    Thanks, again!

  97. Rebekah says:

    cute cute bag! Thanks for making and posting this pattern!

  98. Lucille says:

    Hello Rae. I made your bag and gave you due credit. Thanks, it was a lovely thing to do. I padded mine and sometimes use it in lieu of a camera case. Can anyone tell me what a fat quarter is? I think I had a thin half.

  99. mandylifeboats says:

    a fat quarter is half of a half yard. 18 x 22 inches.

  100. mydaruma says:

    thank you very much for the free pattern. i just made a bag tonite and love it. I alos linked to this page.
    Amélie (France)

  101. Tiphaine says:

    Hey From Angola. I just dicovered you through amelie from My daruma and I really enjoy the time spent through your lovely stuffs !!! I am planning to do a buttercup bag for a friend and I have one concern : I can’t find any heavy weight interfacing (I’m in angola so a lot of stuffs are just impossible to get). So I was wondering if it would be very ugly if I don’t put any ??? Thanks for yor answer,

  102. Laura_J says:

    This is such a cute pattern! I did have to purchase some cotton for the lining, but I was able to use scraps from a messenger bag my daughter just made to carry things to school. I added some free-motion embroidery to embellish my outside fabric and used scraps from my bag to make a coin purse to match. I put D-rings in to hook my strap to. Great pattern and very easy to put together. I am going to find something my younger daughter likes and let her have a go.
    Thanks for sharing!!

  103. Elena says:

    Merci beaucoup pour cet pattern, c’est une tres jolie sac a main. Elena

  104. Annie says:

    Thanks for the great pattern!! It really is so super simple and comes out so cute!

    -Annie (Annie Get your Glue Gun!)

  105. seo expert says:

    thanks u r information

    website design nyc

  106. ~~Tracey~~ says:

    Such a great bag!

  107. Jess says:

    Thank you SO MUCH for this lovely pattern! You’re so generous. And it worked great! I blogged about my Buttercup Bag here, if you want to see!

  108. Craftpassion says:

    I got your link from “How About Orange” when I saw the buttercup bag she made by using your pattern. I have downloaded and will make one soon. Thanks for the free pattern of this lovely bag. I love bagsssss and love making them :) )
    Just can’t get my eyes off from the pretty bags people carry :p

  109. Ellie says:

    I also got the link from How About Orange and I just made this bag last night! I LOVE it. Thanks so much for making this available to us. I’m so excited to use my new purse. I’ll upload pics to the flickr group soon.

  110. Sonia says:

    I made my first buttercup bag last night…and I just want to thank you so much for putting a pattern on the internet that was not only FREE (my favorite word, lol), but was so easy! I can’t wait to make a ton of these for all the birthdays coming up in the next few months! thanks again!!

  111. acardaday says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this fab pattern. I finally made my first one yesterday for myself, and another for a birthday gift. I’m sure I won’t stop there either! I’ve posted a link from my blog too, hope that’s ok. Have a great day, love Nova

  112. quiltingcarter says:

    thank you for posting this pattern. I am excited to try it out. It is such a nice pattern.

  113. caro says:

    OooooH! this is wonderful. I have been known as the “bag/purse lady” since forever, ‘cos I made them since I was a kiddo – now my daughter carries them off with style! Think we do some sewing training together with your pattern. Love it!

  114. caro says:

    OooooH! this is wonderful. I have been known as the “bag/purse lady” since forever, ‘cos I made them since I was a kiddo – now my daughter carries them off with style! Think we do some sewing training together with your pattern. Love it!

  115. 2short47 says:

    sent free sample to;vanessa freeman 2625 poplar ave springfield il 62703

  116. thelady says:

    thank you, the pattern is lovely

  117. The Crafty Little Cupcake says:

    Is it okay if I link to this on my blog? I have a friend who is trying her hand at sewing purses, and I’d really like to share this with her!

  118. Tanya Bub says:

    I decided to tackle your pattern and it was a great success! Check out my blog to view Thank you for the wonderful pattern! I will be making many more!

  119. CelticMommy says:

    Super cute and easy to make! I just finished one that I posted (with link to you) on my blog and am now staring at all kinds of fabric combos to make one for me.

    Thanks for the pattern!

  120. yarnahoy says:

    Love the colors & simplicity!

  121. tea and cake says:

    Hi, I’ve only just seen this, and it’s perfect! I’ve been looking for a bag pattern, to go with a dress I am making for a wedding – and this fits the bill, exactly. Thank you so much for letting us use your pattern. I rely quite a bit on the kindness of bloggers, like you, who offer free patterns, but most importantly, the directions for how to make things – it makes learning to sew much, much easier.

  122. Sophie says:

    thank you Rae,

    that’s a very pretty bag. thanks for taking the effort to post the tutorial so that many people like me can learn.

  123. Melissa says:

    This is such an awesome pattern! I made my first one yesterday, and it was a lot of fun. I blogged about it here and also added pictures to your flickr pool. Thanks for sharing it!

  124. Anna S. says:

    I am so making myself one of these! Only I live in Europe, so I´ll need to convert those inches into centimeters, but that won´t be a problem :) Thanks for the pattern, so nice of you!

  125. Piglet says:

    Just finished making this and it’s great! I posted on my blog about it with step by step pics and links to you. Thanks so much for making it available!

  126. Susie-Q says:

    Thanks so much for the pattern. It is adorable and I am so excited to make it.

  127. Pink Flip Flops says:

    Thanks so much! This is so beautiful!

  128. Brenda says:

    Gorgeous bag. Thanks so much for your generosity.

  129. Hilary says:

    That is an amazing bag. Just had a baby, but once I get out of the fuzz I’m gonna make me one, or two. :)

  130. Megan says:

    I am totally obsessed with this pattern. I’ve made three and cut out another three to sew this weekend.

  131. Barb says:

    LOVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVEEE the bag…..thanks for the instructions.

  132. mizoal says:

    Thank you for the free pattern!!!

    I love it!


  133. Ming says:

    Dear Rae, thank you for your sharing. It is such a cute bag! I hope that you don't mind I've posted this link on my blog. (It is written in Chinese)
    Thank you again!

  134. kimmiebee says:

    Hey Rae-
    I just tried my hand at making my first version of your buttercup bag. The pattern/instructions/pics were very well done and very helpful (as I am definitely a beginner!). I also made a maternity version of your 'ruffle top', though I opted to not add the ruffles in my case. Both the bag and the top were super fun to put together and I just wanted to say thanks for making such great, free tutorials availble! Makes learning to sew very enjoyable and less frustrating than I thought it would be! Thanks again!

  135. Lois Grebowski says:

    WOW! Loved this pattern! It was the perfect weeknight project. Can't wait to make it again!

    Going to post my results now!
    Thanks for making this pattern available!

    :-D )

  136. iru says:

    irresistibly cute. i linked to this=)

  137. never-tease-a-weasel says:

    Thanks so much for this great pattern. My daughter and I have just started a new Christmas blog and have linked to your purse tutorial as our first project.

    Visit us at

  138. Rae says:

    Thanks everyone for your comments! I really appreciate all the links to your blogs as well so I can see your creations! I'm glad everyone is enjoying the pattern so much.

    2short47: ?

    Never-tease-a-weasel: I'd love to visit your blog, but it's only open to invited readers…maybe you could change your settings so everyone can see your creations?

  139. kerstinnaeht says:

    Thanks for the pattern!
    I tried it today and it´s great!

  140. Minerva says:

    thanks for sharing. i'll try it soon. MINERVA

  141. Sara K. says:

    Thank you so much for providing this free pattern!! I just wrote a post on my blog about how this beautiful bag became my much-needed distraction! :D

  142. Rebecca says:

    Love how mine turned out – thanks!

  143. Terry says:

    unfortunately i can't seem to open the link. any suggestions?

  144. Greentechmama says:

    Same here, the link shows me an error. Would love to get a hold of the pattern. Thanks!

  145. Maja says:

    Hi! It took me 3 months to finaly find time to sew it and I love it! Thx for sharing the pattern with us. You can see mine on

  146. Carol says:

    Really cute bag, I'd love to get the pattern but I just tried the link and got an error.

  147. Blahsay says:

    Same here, just getting an error. Is the pattern no longer available for free?

  148. Rachel says:

    I think the Bag is very cute and would love to try the pattern but I am like others getting the problem. Is the link still here or is it too late for us? Thanks for letting us know!

  149. Rachel says:

    This bag is very cute, and I would like to make it like others but am having a hard time downloading it. Is there another link for us to use? Thanks for letting us know.

  150. lazyluxury says:

    Can't wait til the pattern is back up, I bought my fabric tonight! :D

  151. Krystal Hosmer of Solsisters says:

    we are giving away a cute Butter cup Bag in American flag print plus 3 bottles of nail polish in red, white and blue as well as two other bags over on our team blog. Come on over to enter!

    Thank you Rae, for such a cute pattern. She looks good in patriotic prints!

  152. Cindy says:

    Thanke, Rae!!! I made one last week and I love it!!

  153. Jeremy says:

    That looks very fashionable for young ladies. I wish if I could have one for my daughter.

  154. kirstaiker says:

    Thank you for your great pattern,
    So cute!

  155. noa danon says:

    thank you for a great pattern! here is what I made with it:

  156. Miss Coco says:

    Your bag is so pretty !! I linked this to my blog and updating my blog I realized that I had not written a comment. I'm sorry. I hope you like the bag I've done with the pattern of Buttercup. I am very proud of him. Thank you for your generous support.

  157. Jennifer says:

    Love the pattern so much…Thank You!

    My version is up on my blog at

  158. Perrine says:

    I really like your how to. I was wondering if I could translate it in French and add it to my list of how to as explained in my french post (
    Of course, your website would be quoted and there would be a link!
    Thank you,

  159. Eric says:

    Thanks for the follow! I also have my own website. Come visit me at
    more template Click quick

  160. guurrrl says:

    Thank you for such an awesome pattern. I made a bag for myself tonight as part of a 365 Day Challenge that I am doing. Here is the link to the post. I put a link to your blog in it!

  161. craftycurls says:

    Hi, Rae, just found your site the other day and fell in love with the buttercup design. I plan to buy the pattern, but before I do, I have a couple of questions 1) i don't have a website yet, but i will be selling my bags at a charity soon. How do I credit the design to you? And 2) i sew in my tags on the bag with my name, would I be required to make a little notation on the bottom i.e. designed by Rae Hoekstra? Just wanted to make sure before I start anything. Please let me know soon as possible. My event is on Nov. 13. Thank you, Rae!

  162. Twinz mama says:

    THANK YOU!!!
    I bookmarked this pattern months ago and never had a good excuse to make it…tomorrow is my sister's birthday and I couldn't make it out to get her something. Your pattern came to mind and I sat down to make it. Super cute, super easy…I love how it turned out and I can't wait to make another!
    Thank you (again!)

  163. Indra says:

    I don't get the lining =(

    I'm not exactly a sewing wizz and I always struggle with figuring patterns out, I'm sure it's easy peasy, but does anyone have additional pictures of how to attach the lining and closing it? :s

    *very confused*

  164. zephyriscrafts says:

    I loved this pattern so much that I made three in one week: one for a friend's birhtday and two for Christmas. It is a flawless pattern and I was incredibly impressed by how accurately it fit together! Thank you!

  165. Country Mouse says:

    This is a super cute bag, I love it!!! Cannot wait to get some cute fabric and try it out! Love your blog!!!

  166. moramargaritaster says:

    Thanks so much.You are talented.

  167. Meredith says:

    I have had a full length chocolate brown wool overcoat (circa 1995) hanging in my house and have wanted to do something with it since I live in Phoenix and it is so 1990's. I think this bag is perfect for it! I hope it does well with a bit of a heftier fabric.

  168. Mjet says:

    You've inspired me to make one of my own from a rosey tea towel, thanks for the idea! Here's the link:

  169. ClairieC says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I'm not working at the minute, so I'm having a frugal Christams and have made these bags for friends rather than buying them a gift. I'm sure they'll love them as much as I do. xxx

  170. Carol says:

    I was not able to download the diagrams correctly for the Buttercup purse. I have Microsoft Word 2008 and vista operating system and I am only getting the words and not the photographs. Can you help me?


  171. Nancy Ward says:


    Today I posted an entry on my blog with a link to this tutorial and download.

    I'd appreciate your letting me know if that's OK.


    Nancy Ward

  172. Mollye says:

    Thank you Rae for the beautiful pattern and I posted about you and gave your link today on my blog. Happy New Year full of brilliant sewing projects! Mollye

  173. Cee says:

    Thanks so much for making this pattern available! I've had this post bookmarked for ages, and finally made it just yesterday. I linked to your blog from This is an adorable bag and a great pattern. Thanks again!

  174. aus_chick says:

    Hi! I love this bag and I made one a couple of weeks ago. I'm using it to teach my friends how to sew actually! I have a question though… are the seam allowances included in the pattern or are we supposed to add them? I figured they were included so cut them that way, but just thought i'd check :) Thanks!

  175. o&c Photography says:

    Hey, thanks so much for this wonderful pattern. I too have had it saved as a "favourite" for ages and finally made it yesterday with some great brocade and suede….its easy and looks so great!!!
    Excellent!! Im already thinking about my next bag!

  176. Cindy says:

    Love this bag.
    But I do have a comment about step #14. It says to turn lining inside out…which I did. But then could not see how I could place purse outer inside purse lining and have right sides be together. I think the first line (turn lining inside out) is an error. I had to go back to blog and view Word file photo's to see. You may want to remove that line so as not to confuse us newbies. :)

  177. Artsy Aut says:

    Thank you so much for posting this! I just finished my buttercup bag and posted it on my blog. Its an adorable pattern!

  178. Marisa@make*happy says:

    I had the same problem as Cindy (above) with step #14. The photo directions helped me figure it out, though, and my little bag turned out great! I've posted it (and linked here) on my blog. Heading over now to add mine to the flickr pool…

    Thanks, Rae!

  179. sewcraftyfox says:

    I love this pattern – made one for myself in a groove Amy Butler fabric, and another for a dear friend as a Christmas pressie, using brocade fabric and a real leather handle. It's so quick and versatile – genius!!! Jen x

  180. 32shadylane says:

    Thanks for this fabulous pattern! I have been making the bags as gifts for friends and maybe one for myself!!! I posted some pictures and a link to your site at my blog…

  181. Fio says:

    I made one today – it's in my blog :)

    Thanx for the pattern..
    I didn't read much of the instructions, but the pattern itself was very pretty!

  182. Little Foots says:

    Thank you so much for this tutorial. Your instructions were so easy I didn't even need to print the pattern! Thank you again.
    Here's my buttercup:

  183. Christie says:

    A few girls got together and made this at my friend Sabra's house (Sew a Straight Line blog) on Saturday. It was so easy to follow and turned out SO cute. Thank you so much for offering an easy to follow tutorial. I'll definitely be making more. Have a wonderful day!!!

  184. Jennifer says:

    What a darling buttercup bag! I had so much fun making this that I used the scraps from the bag, lining and upper to make an accessory matching/coordinating zippy pouch as well as a purse size tissue cover and plan to give the set to my 83 year old mother for Mother's Day. I know she'll love it. I hope you'll stop by my blog to see my Buttercup Bag and accessories HERE

  185. sewingwithaskein says:

    This is soooooooooooo nice!!!
    You inspired me and I made the bag (in my case a clutch without the straps)

  186. Beadyjan says:

    Thanks for s uper tutorial, I made myself a buttercup bag from your tutorial and found it very easy to follow.
    You can see pics of mine on my blog if you'd care to have a look.

  187. Chelsea says:

    I love it! I love it so much in fact that I made one! Check out my blog, to see it. I linked to this post and to your blog. Thanks so much for the great pattern!

  188. Ginger says:

    Thanks for the download! Can't wait to give it a whirl!

  189. Marjon says:

    Thank you so much for this great pattern! It looks absolutely lovely!

  190. Amanda and Katie says:

    This bag is adorable. I love it. Thanks for the pattern. You are so talented. I am posting this on my blog for my weekly project to make. I hope that is OK!

  191. Anonymous says:

    What a wonderful bag, thank you! I have disc problems in my neck and can no longer carry my large purses, so this will be a nice treat to make!

  192. A Wonkey Donkey says:

    Love this!!!!!

  193. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much for this pattern! I have only been sewing for about 3 months and was able to make this easily. In fact, I thought it was really fun to make :)

  194. Anonymous says:

    Where have you been all my life you lovely bag you. I bought fabric today and will be making one for me and a matching one for my 4 year old daughter for her birthday….so excited!

  195. Janice says:

    I love the bag! Super cute, and the pattern is really simple. I also love your big butt baby pants :)

    You're blogging has inspired me to start sharing my projects as well. Anyone interested in learning how to take your bobbing/shuttle assembly apart and clean and oil it??? Check out my blog at

  196. Hayley says:

    This bag is very cute and I'm going to have a go at making one for myself. Thanks Rae for the pattern, I just need some help please. I'm trying to print it out and have done the (fit to page) but I'm still not sure if it is the right size. Which image should measure 8.5" x 11", the outer purse pattern piece? And is the measurment done by width x length? My measurements don't appear to be correct. Also the word file for the diagrams, does it just go to figure 6 or am I missing some? Thanks heaps.

  197. Baezamama says:

    Love it! Here is what I ended up with..thank you so much for the free pattern! You are very talented!

  198. Hayley says:

    Never to mind about my previous questions regarding your pattern, I got it all figured in the end. Was having a tired Mummy moment ;-) Can't wait to make the bag, have enlarged it to make the bigger one. Thanks heaps again for the pattern!

  199. Rebecca Avrett says:

    Has anyone sewed the buttercup bag in leather? Do you think it would be okay? I am a novice sewer so I do not know if you have to make modifications…: )

  200. Jess says:

    Adorable! I didn't have any fat quarters in my stash but there was a vintage fabric calling to me so I whipped one of these babies up real quick and I'm going to have a great new bag for fall!

    Thank you for making this available for FREE!!

  201. Beatriz B says:

    Thanks so much for this pattern…
    Did one yesterday and was lovely!!!

  202. bononers says:

    i made one of these this afternoon; great pattern! i just posted a picture of mine on my blog and linked up to your pattern. thanks for posting it!

  203. hel-cat69 says:

    Hi, i seem to have a bit of trouble. Whenever I click on the download link, it just redirects me back to the beginning of the page. I'm not sure what to do, so if you can help that would be great.

  204. dizin says:

    Oh wow! this is nice, i wanna try make it, im still new in this sewing thing. Thanks for great work… love it

  205. Kim @ Life of a Modern Mom says:

    This is an amazing bag, LOVE the pattern. I bought the pattern and made a bag this week. I put a picture on my blog, with a link to your post. Thanks. :)

  206. Liz @ LivingMySweetLife says:

    I love this pattern!
    I made a bag for my niece with it,

    Thank you for your wonderful patterns!

  207. Sparta Savings says:

    What a great pattern! I have been busy making these for Christmas presents! You can view three of them that I have made at:

    I am thinking about buying the extra rights to sell these because my hubby is so impressed! Thanks so much for your free posting!

  208. PunkRizz says:

    I just finished this bag last night as a Christmas gift for my best friend. She's going to love it! I wanted to post a sincere thank you to you for the pattern. It was fun to make, even for a beginning sewer like me. Plus, you very kindly posted the details of how some seamstresses increased the pattern size. An exact percentage like, "increase it 129%" is a lifesaver.

  209. Kayla says:

    I just made one last night for my mom for Christmas, and it was sooo easy and turned out so well. I have never made pleats before, or used magnetic closures, or made a purse before, for that matter. I cannot believe how easy it was, yet it looks sooo nice! Thank you so much for this pattern, I'm sure I will make many more to give away as gifts.

  210. Kayla says:

    My boyfriend bought me a sewing machine for Christmas and I picked your purse as the first thing I'd try out. My machine sure did give me a run for my money, but it was great practice. Turned out pretty well I think for my first time. Thanks for the super cute purse!

  211. sjs says:

    Hi I couldn't find your email. I have a question about the Buttercup Bag pattern. The word document for the figures won't open properly. The words are all jumbled and are not readable. Also on step 9 I am not sure what's suppose to be done. I love the pattern so far.:) Thanks for it.:)
    Sharon :)

  212. Mommy, you know what? says:

    Hey there! I made two of these for Christmas presents for family members and they loved them! We are in the middle of fundraising for our little girls with CP to have stem cell therapy. Can you email me so we can chat about me making some of these for fundraising purposes?
    Thank you,

  213. Roboreashie says:

    to anyone having trouble opening the .doc file with diagrams on a mac, if you have it will open the file and keep the images intact!

  214. Heather says:

    Hey there! Love this bag. I started it last night. I am having trouble attaching the upper to the lower! Help. I'm wondering if I cut out the upper the wrong way. There is no way for me to attache with right sides together that fit???

  215. Rebecca says:

    I found your blog because of the big butt pants, and now I'm obsessed with *all* your projects. I'm so grateful!! This is my next project and I *love* the original size. It's my perfect sized purse. Thank you, thank you, for sharing your talents!

    And, thanks for the fabric links, too!!

  216. Anonymous says:

    I made these bags as gifts for friends. Although I hadn't sewn for a very long time, they turned out really well. The pattern was really easy to follow and the finished bags look great. Thank you!

  217. Erica Louise says:

    Hi Rae, thought I would let you know that I made one of your bags today, but I made it into a clutch instead. I am auctioning it off on my blog to raise money for the Queensland Flood Disaster Appeal

  218. Mary says:

    Thank you very much for this pattern. This bag is so cute.

  219. Lourdes says:

    I love you pattern !! thank you

  220. Anonymous says:

    Hi – Thanks for the Buttercup Purse. My daughter loves Vera Bradley but I think this pattern might entice her to sew her own and we have a 4 day weekend here in IL so we can give it a try!

  221. disegnio says:

    hi rae! just want to say i adored your buttercup bag pattern and i made one! my first time to ever make my own handcrafted bag.

    thanks for sharing the pattern! you've just recruited a new craft enthusiast =)

  222. Emily Anne Knight Williamson says:

    LOVe the bag, but I cant get the pdf to open. Any tips?

  223. Malea says:

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful pattern! I am looking forward to trying it out… however, the download link just opens the same blog post page again. Is the pattern still available?

  224. Andrea says:

    Thanks so much for this pattern! It was fun to make and turned out adorable! I linked to you over at

  225. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful bag. Thanks for the pattern and inspiration. I had everything I needed on hand and made one today. I love it! I think some friends will be getting purses soon.

  226. lilyloves says:

    HI Rae, this is a gorgeous pattern and am really tempted to buy it, as I think the normal size would be too small for me. How big is the bag made with the large pattern? Many thanks x

  227. Gwen says:

    Hi, I need to know, has allowance been given in this pattern? Or do I need to give my own sewing allowance on all the cut out pieces?

  228. MiaMoo says:

    Hi! Just made this cute purse to put in my daughter's Easter basket and linked up :) Thanks!

  229. Jesy says:

    I loved making this! Super cute bag!! I hope its ok I posted a little bit about it on my blog.
    :) thank you for the free pattern! I was super easy to follow and the final product was perfection! :)

  230. Ben says:

    Thanks for the purse pattern. I made on for my sister for her birthday, hope she likes it. Now my wife wants me to make her one. Again, Thanks.

  231. greenberyl says:

    Hi, just tried to print out the pattern. The words printed ok, but then my printer spewed out 5 pages of black instead of the diagrams! Not having any other problems printing anything so not sure why this has happened. Any suggestions??

  232. VITS says:

    Thank you Rae, i finally was able to make time for the buttercup bag! I love it!!

  233. Deanna says:

    Love it, thanks so much for the awesome tutorial (with pics) and free patterns!!

    Here is mine…

  234. Green With Envy says:

    Thank you soooooo much for sharing this purse pattern! ADORABLE!!!! And sew easy!

  235. erinmalia says:

    Love it! Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us. You can see my bag here (

  236. Amanda says:

    Seems I'm a bit late, but this is such a cute bag! So generous of you to share the pattern!

  237. Karla says:

    Thank you so very much for sharing your pattern (and your talent) with us. I came to your site via Crafty Fox. I have several fabric options for this Buttercup Bag, and the opportunity to embellish is huge. Thank you.

  238. AMKreations says:

    Thank you for a lovely pattern. I heard about it from a friend and made a couple bags from it just this week. I did change the handle/strap, but otherwise, I love it! Thanks again!

  239. Amy S. says:

    I love this! Thanks for the pattern. my budget doesn't allow for buying fun purses. but I do love to sew, and I have a small collection of vintage pillow cases that are perfect for this!!!!!

  240. rads says:

    hi Rae,

    I cannot get to the diagrams. the link doesn't seem to be working. would love to make this bag!


  241. Niina says:

    This blog is great! It's nice to find some free patterns from online and yours are beautiful too (and not too hard ;D)!! :) )

  242. Judy says:

    Rae, thank you for the free pattern, I am looking forward to making this. I am new at sewing and have a question about the best way to transfer the pattern on paper to the fabric for cutting? Do you have a good method for doing this? You may email me privately at or respond here. Thanks much.

  243. Rae says:

    Hi Judy:

    Cut out the pattern along the lines, then place it over your fabric and trace the pattern shapes onto your fabric with a fabric marker or chalk. You can also just hold the pattern piece in place and cut around the outside with a rotary cutter (my preferred method). Hope that helps!

  244. juzbetty says:

    hi, definitely want to try your tutorial first. As i'm very new to sewing, I'll try my best to follow the instructions. If I find that I am able to make it, I might consider getting your license to sell. :-) Thanks for sharing dear. Really helpful for a new beginner like me. Will share the result soon.

  245. Jimmy and Alison says:

    Share this photo with anyone by sending them this public link:
    Made the bag today love it

  246. tusen says:

    I've just discovered your pattern and made my first bag ever :) Thank you so much.

  247. Emma says:

    Hi again! Just tried my husbands computer and the diagrams opened fine, yippee! Off I go to sew! Thanks again for the pattern!

  248. tartankiwi says:

    Thank you so much! I have just made one of these for a friend and I love it (think I'll have to make another one for me!). I posted about it here:

    Just posted about making your bag. Loved the pattern, first time i used magnetic closures.
    Makes such a sweet bag, im thinking about resizing it to make it bigger too.

  250. Selena says:

    I made my first buttercup bag over the weekend as a gift for a friend, and am extremely happy with the results, especially as this is the most ‘complicated’ pattern I have ever used – until this, I have made 2 pattern piece items only; this used a daunting 8, plus pleats, plus magnetic catch, all of which was totally new to me!

    Very nice simple, easy to understand instructions and simple pattern pieces, easy to modify as required while working through instructions (I padded the strap, sewed it between the lining and outer, and added a trigger clip to the pocket to clip keys into ‘on the fly’, and have an end result I am very proud of!

  251. Paula says:

    I am having trouble with step 9, getting the top piece to match up without bunching it or pleating it. Help, am I missing something?

  252. Annie says:

    Thank you for this great pattern–just made one for myself and love it!

  253. Victoria Rebmann says:

    Hey there! I am loving this purse, however, I have all the pieces cut out and I am trying to attach the upper & lower outside pieces. They don’t seem to fit together at all….The arch is facing the wrong way when you put them right side together?? I tried re cutting and ran into the same problem…. am I just being silly. I saw somebody else posted on this but I didn’t see an answer. If you could pleeeasssee answer me back via email with a clarification that would be amazing, and I’d love you forever!!

    • Rae says:

      Hi Victoria: I’ve emailed you some pictures, hopefully this will clear up your questions!
      -Rae :)

      • Mary says:

        Hi, Rae! I’ve been dying to make your Buttercup bag for a long time, and I’m finally doing it! Things have been going along swimmingly, but now I seem to be having this same problem with the attaching the upper and lower pieces without bunching the upper. I keep looking at it and shaking my head! I know I’ve cut the pieces properly and the pleats are pinned correctly. Will you give me a pointer or two and maybe email me these photos? I’d be so grateful! Thanks for your blog and for this lovely free pattern.

  254. MamaTina says:

    I made one today out of some old wool/cashmere slacks! It is so cute! Thank you for sharing such an awesome pattern!!

  255. Mindy says:

    I made this too! I changed it a little bit, but I love this pattern. Thanks for making it free!

  256. AJ says:

    Thank you so much for posting this! I just bought a sewing machine after taking two classes, and this was my first project! It turned out great! Fabulous, easy to follow instructions!

  257. Tricia says:

    I made this bag in only a couple hours (and I am not a great sew-er). It is super cute! I love it and really enjoyed making it. Thanks for posting the pattern free.

  258. Angela says:

    Thanks!! I can’t wait to buy fabric for these! My daughters and neices are going to filp when they get these for christmas!!

  259. Brenna says:

    I’ve been trying to get the file with the diagrams, but it keeps downloading without the images. I’m guessing it might be because I’m using a Mac (w/o Word). Is there another way/place I can see the diagrams? Thanks.

  260. lillian says:

    I’m in love with the bag! I love to visit your blog all the time very inspiring! Just a quick question where and what’s the name of the fabric used in the picture? I saw it somewhere else and really want to get some. Please let me know! Be blessed and keep up the good work!

    • Rae says:

      The fabric was from Joann — I have seen it there off and on, but do be aware that it was purchased about three years ago and is likely not available anymore! :)

  261. Rebecca says:

    Hey Rae!

    I just started sewing and so far, had only worked on projects that didnt require a pattern. Last night, I made your buttercup bag as my first project where I followed a pattern and I was so happy with myself!!

    I do have one question though and I am sure its just due to me being very new at this process…….when the pattern called for me to sew the long side of the purse top to the pleated purse bottom, it said right sides together and I couldnt for the life of me figure out how that was going to work b/c it was an arc so it seemed impossible…….I ended up hemming the upper piece then sewing it to the pleated portion which I know was incorrect but I was confused at that point. Can you help me understand??

  262. Tishsa says:

    Are you allowed to make the purse as a gift? That would not be selling it, but it would also not be making it for myself… I was just wondering. Thank you so much!

  263. Jenny Rounis says:

    Hello Rae

    My nieces are going to love these! Just wondering if they can be made with material from old jeans? My budget is a little tight this year :(

  264. Amy C. says:

    This is so cute! I’m not the most experienced at sewing but I am going to attempt this for my niece’s christmas gifts.

  265. Heather says:

    I’ve made 2 already… and my 7 year old daughter just saw the second and told me it was just the right size for her. She’s been cutting out patterns from some bunny flannel, so I guess that will be #3!

  266. Amy C. says:

    Success!! I finished my first bag. Now only 3 more to go! I am making bags for 3 of nieces this Christmas and one for my step-mom. I am super excited because this is the first project I’ve sewn that wasn’t a pillow!

  267. Ciely says:

    Hola, saludos cordiales. Felicitaciones por su maravillosa página.
    Esta bolsa es preciosa y le agradezco el compartir el patrón.
    Me encanta hacer bolsas y otras manualidades.

  268. Jess says:

    This is adorable!

  269. Wendy says:

    I downloaded this tutorial/pattern I LOVE IT! But I am a beginning sewer and I was wondering what “Quilt Weight Fabric” is?


    • Rae says:

      Hi Wendy:
      Quilting-weight fabric is a stable, medium-weight woven fabric that is widely available and comes in a ton of prints. You’ll find it in the “quilting” section of any fabric store (there’s a whole section entirely made up of quilting-weight fabrics at JoAnn), and almost all $10/yd designer cotton prints available online are “quilting-weight.” Hope that helps!

  270. You’re awesome, Rae. Thank you for your generosity. :)

  271. Jennifer says:

    I made 3 of these little purses! I love it. I get so many compliments on it. I adjusted the strap length for my daughter so that she can use it as a crossover. Great bag… thank you for sharing.

  272. Gemma says:

    I made your Buttercup Bag last weekend and blogged about it here: It is such a gorgeous shape! Thanks for being so generous with your tutorial :)

  273. Kathryn says:

    I just finished my version of the bag! It came out a little smaller so I’m using it as a clutch.

    Thanks for providing this pattern :) It’s awesome.

  274. Njeri says:

    Just gorgeous, rae

  275. Ellen says:

    This looks so cute- I’m wanting to get my sewing room organized and get back to sewing, and have been looking for patterns for bags! Thanks for sharing yours!

  276. Alis in Wnderlnd says:

    I just made one of these bags in the original size and it is adorable. It’s too small for my needs, but it is going to be a thinking-of-you gift for a little girl who was just diagnosed with skin cancer.

    I’d like to make another one (and I plan on enlarging the pattern), but I also prefer bags with zippers since I still carry around a lot of things for my kids.

    Can you share how and when I could add a zipper to this pattern? Ideally, I’d like it to be an invisible zipper so it doens’t change the look of the bag.


  277. Briana D. says:

    I love this pattern! Thank you for making it available for purchase so that I can put my creations based on it on my Etsy shop!

  278. Mary says:

    too cute. I can hardly wait to upload a photo of mine. Thanks for sharing your passion.

  279. CharlieRae1015 says:

    Thank you so much for the free pattern. I made one of these today and posted a picture of it on my facebook. Now everyone wants one. (Don’t worry, I bought the pattern ;) lol). I am very new to sewing and I was worried that this might be too hard for me but was pleasantly surprised at how little trouble I had thanks to your excellent directions. I can’t wait to try the enlarged version! Thank you Rae (by the way, as your name is my middle name, you have the most awesome of names).

  280. Thanks so much Rae! I loved the free pattern so much I bought the pay for one :) LOVE IT!!! I already have plans to make some for my mother in law, sister in law and of course my mom :)

    Midwest is the best! ;-)

  281. Anna Lin says:

    Oh,it’s beautiful!

  282. Teresa Chadwick says:

    What a lovely bag and so good of you to share it with us. Can’t wait to give it a go. I will come back to your site with excitement again and again and again! Many thanks, Teresa.

  283. Lisa says:

    Thanks for posting this awesome tutorial for this (too) cute bag! :D

    I made myself such the buttercup bag and I posted a link to this on my blog:
    I hope you don’t mind…


  284. Kimberlee says:

    Thank you so much for this wonderful pattern! Super cute purse, so easy, and so kind of you to share!

  285. Joey says:

    too cute not to make!!

  286. MrsJC says:

    Thank you for this tutorial. I love it. :-)

    Here is my blog post on my finished bag.

  287. Carole says:

    I made this purse for a friend for a Craft party I threw a couple weeks again. It was a big hit. I referenced your site on my blog. Check your idea and others done for the party…

    Thanks for your post!

  288. karla says:

    I made this today! So cute & easy-now I bought the license to make & sell! Thanks!

  289. Judi Cabanaw says:

    Hi I made this bag a couple of years ago….it came out cute…but the pattern does not have the illistrations it says to look at. Was wondering if it is my computer ??? or the pattern? Also is the pattern still availsble to purchase? I have a friend who loves mine,,,was going to direct her here….but she has not sewn much. was afraid she wouldn’t be able to follow it without the illistrations. I didn’t have a problem as a matter of fact I may make a couple as gifts. thanks/

  290. Ellen Pruett says:


    I purchased the Buttercup Bag pattern from you a while back and have made several of these sweet bags. I always get los of compliments whenever I carry one. And….I’ve sold quite a few bags as well!!!

    Just wanted to thank you again and again for the pattern.


  291. Jessica says:

    Thank you for the pattern! I will be trying my hand at this for some home made gifts this upcoming holiday season. So cute!

  292. Betty Gowen says:

    This is a darling purse! I’ve been working on quilt tops and need a break. This is the perfect change-of-pace. Thank you for being so
    generous. I must make it right away.

  293. Bekah says:

    So cute and simple! Thank you for sharing your talent!!

  294. Chris says:

    Rae~ I love your Buttercup bag so cute!! I started making one for my daughter for Christmas, but I’ve run into a problem. I am not understanding how to sew the long purse top to the pleated bottom, no matter which way I turn the fabric I end up with the arch the wrong way. Please help me, I see others have had an issue with this too. I’m glad I’m not the only novice seamstress!!


    • Julie Frerichs says:

      Chris, I had a similar situation, but you would be amazed that what you think looks so very wrong, is actually how it is supposed to go. Wrong sides together, but the arch on the top piece will go point up.

  295. Miya says:

    Hi Rae, thank you so much for your free pattern. I just made this Buttercup bag last night. I had a lot of fun doing it. I just love it.
    I’m certainly going to make more.

  296. carol says:

    Made one and I love it now I need to make another so I can wash the first one!!!! This is one great bag, just the right size for my wallet Thank you!!!

  297. Lauren says:

    My little sister and I made several of these a few years ago. I made a very casual yellow linen one, she made an everyday blue print one, and later gifted me another one of cranberry satin with rhinestone details that looks great with my LBD. I love how versatile this bag is!

  298. Charlotte says:

    I just finished off a couple of these bags. They are looking extremely well, although I’m not very experienced, but thanks to your clear and easy-to-use tute and pattern! I’m going to make a few girls the luckiest girls on the planet with them! So: THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

  299. Julie says:

    Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you! I just used this pattern to make a quiet book page with a purse on it. I modified it a bit to make it smaller and of course I only made one side and sewed it to a page, but it worked perfectly. I’ll send you a picture if you like.

  300. Virginie says:

    Thanks for the pattern

  301. Krista Low says:

    Thank you for this free pattern!!! Krista @ A Handful of Everything

  302. Desiree says:

    Finally made this purse. Love it. Love looking through everyone else’s pretty purses. I might need to make a few more for different seasons! Here’s my version:

  303. Krista says:

    This looks so nice. I got your link through Deby Cole’s blog:

    And I am planning to make one for myself to take with me on my summer holiday! Thanks for the great pattern!!

  304. christie says:

    Thanks for making this pattern available – so cute, and so FQ-friendly! (Former quilter here – I have LOTS of FQs, but not a ton of longer cuts.) I’m taking a deep breath and trying this out with a zipper rather than a snap… haven’t done that with a lining before. Any tips?

  305. Michaela Wallerstedt says:

    You’re title says this is free, but I can’t find a free link anywhere on this page. Where is it?

  306. Tattewatteke says:


    this is such a nice and well explained pattern and tutorial. I made a buttercup bag for myself using your pattern and tutorial as base (I just made the strap a bit longer).

    You can see my result here

    Thank you very much for sharing this!

  307. Penny says:

    Yay! I just posted a comment regarding the likely split bag – I bought the pattern several weeks ago now, have made 6 as gifts…and now I just found this! I’m giving it a go. THANK you so much for the free pattern~you’re a blessing!!! x

  308. Helen says:

    I’ve just had a fantastic afternoon making this bag. I’m only a beginer really but the instructions are fab, along with the diagram. Thank you for this free pattern. I’ll be experimenting with different weight materials in the future.
    For those who haven’t tried it yet, please do.

  309. Emma says:

    Hey, thanks for a great free pattern! Here’s a link to my blog post about this bag :)

  310. Beata says:

    Lovely bag! I have to try this pattern – I have enough small fabric pieces.

  311. Marmabidule says:

    My english is not perfect but thanks for your pattern and you can see my bag here

  312. [...] Buttercup Bag Sewing Pattern at Made by Rae. It’s fabulous and I love the name. {One of my dog’s is named Buttercup.}  What a great gift!!! [...]

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