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
License page with information for handmade sellers (see below)
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.
SELLING BONSAI BAGS
Home sewists who purchase this pattern may sell handmade Bonsai Bags made with this pattern provided they give design credit on tags or listings and register their shop or business once ready to sell. More details can be found on the license page included in the PDF.
In the past I have offered licensed copies of a pattern (with permission to sell) separately from personal-use-only versions of the pattern. I am finding this to be a little too confusing. I am now offering my new patterns with permission to sell included with purchase. Free patterns will still be intended for personal use only.
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!)