The Bonsai Bag Sewing Pattern is a digital PDF sewing pattern. The Bonsai Bag is a medium-sized tote perfect for showing off a favorite fabric, a quilted panel or an embroidery sample. The pleated outer panel helps frame the center with optional contrast trim such as pompoms, ric-rac, piping or lace. This fully lined bag includes an inner pocket and a magnetic snap closure. Detailed instructions are also included for a recessed zipper closure. Tied handles and decorative rings add a fun and professional look.
|with ric rac trim and pink baby wale corduroy outer panel|
|with a quilted center panel and no trim (fabric: Denyse Schmidt Katie Jump Rope)|
Purse: 11” tall x 14” wide
Straps: about 24” when tied, includes rings and tabs
|with a magnetic snap closure (I added an extra pocket on this bag)|
|instructions are also included for a recessed zipper closure|
PATTERN FILE INCLUDES
Detailed step-by-step instructions
Instructions for two types of closures: magnetic snap AND recessed zipper
Full color diagrams and photos illustrating each step, including multiple views of select steps
Handy “Instruction Cheat Sheet,” a brief one-page summary of the steps so you don’t have to print entire file for reference
Complete set of full-sized pattern pieces (print out and attach together before cutting)
Hints and tips for sewing the Bonsai Bag
YOU WILL NEED
- 1/3 yard of fabric for center panels
- 1/3 yard of fabric for straps (if using the same fabric as pleated outer panel, you’ll need 2/3 yd total)
- 1/4 yard of bottom-weight fabric (corduroy, linen, twill, home dec) for pleated outer panel and ring tabs
- 1/2 yard of lining fabric
- 1/3 yard canvas, flannel, or heavy-weight fusible interfacing (such as Decor Bond) for reinforcing center panels and straps
- one magnetic snap and two 2” squares of fusible interfacing (only if using magnetic snap)
- OR one 14” zipper
- one package of four plastic purse rings (you could also use metal or wood rings here)
- 1/2 yard of trim such as pompoms, ric-rac, or lace
Remember to prewash your fabric!
Purse rings can be found at your local craft superstore:
A quick note about pompom trim: I prefer to use the kind where the pompoms are closer together because you get a fuller look around the center panels. To tell the difference, look at the way the pompoms are attached to the base of the trim: if the two strands are separate (top) the poms will be further apart; if the two strands are together (bottom) the poms will be closer together.
WANT TO SEE MORE BONSAI?
The Bonsai Bag was featured on the following posts:
Bonsai! Rae’s New Fall Bag (you can see me holding the bag in this post)
And see what others have made in the Bonsai Bag Photo Pool (submit your pictures here!)