This roomy bag will show off your fabric fabric perfectly with its lovely shape and pleats. It is fully lined with a pocket for cell phone or keys and has plenty of room for a textbook, laptop or a change of clothes.
Note: This sewing pattern is intended for personal use only. A handmade sellers license is also available below (scroll down). If you purchase the sewing pattern but not a license, please do not sell Showoff Bags or use the pattern for profit. Non-profit use for charity is usually fine, but please contact me first to request permission.
Please be aware that the individual strip pattern pieces for the Chevron version of the bag (shown below) are not included in this pattern. To make the Chevron version, I sewed nine 3″ strips of striped fabric cut on the bias together and then cut the main part of the bag out of the resulting pieced rectangle of fabric. It would be far easier just to find yourself some nice Chevron fabric though. Just sayin.
This bag is a “confident beginner” project. I would recommend this project to someone who knows how to sew a straight line backward and forward and can keep an even seam allowance on a curve. If you can sew the Buttercup Bag, you can sew the Showoff Bag. I’m not calling it a “beginner” project though because (and this is of course my personal opinion) I don’t think you should learn to sew on this bag. Clear instructions are given for all of the steps, however, so a beginner who has confidence could definitely tackle this. I am always happy to assist you by answering questions via email (pattern includes my email link) if you should run across anything that is giving you trouble!
14” tall x 16” wide, not measuring straps
(Extended length version – 15.5” tall x 16” wide)
YOU WILL NEED
• ½ yard printed fabric for main part of bag
• ½ yard solid fabric for top part of bag and straps
• ¾ yard fabric for lining and pocket
• Mid-weight fusible interfacing such as Decor-Bond (recommended if you are using anything other than a heavy-weight fabric for the top panel and straps)
• Optional: heavy-weight double-sided fusible interfacing such as Dritz InnerFuse to give the top of the bag more structure.
• Optional: 1” strip of canvas to reinforce strap
I recommend a woven natural fiber fabric (cotton or linen) that is at least 44” or wider. I also recommend using heavier fabrics for the outside of the bag (main and top parts) such as home dec or bottom-weights (linen, cotton/linen blends, twill, canvas, corduroy) to give it more structure and durability, but if you interface lighter fabrics you may find they work just as well.
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SELLING SHOWOFF BAGS
A License to Sell is available for sellers who would like to sell handmade Showoff Bags in their shops or at craft shows. For more information, see the Seller’s Page.