(Free!) Buttercup Bag Sewing Pattern

Buttercup Bag

The beloved Buttercup Bag sewing pattern is now free in both sizes! To get your very own copy, please sign up for my newsletter! Once you’ve confirmed your subscription, you will receive an email with a link to download the pattern. Enjoy!

335 thoughts on “(Free!) Buttercup Bag Sewing Pattern

  1. 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!!

    • 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!

    • 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. 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

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

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


    Thanks so much!

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

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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?

  9. 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!

  10. WOW, thanks so much for posting this! I’m a bag addict and can’t have enough of them πŸ™‚

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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….

  14. 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!.

  15. 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!

  16. 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… πŸ˜‰

  17. 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 (http://shastababy.wordpress.com) with a link to you. Again, many thanks!

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

  19. 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! πŸ™‚

  20. 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.

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

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

  23. 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!

  24. 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!

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

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

  27. 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.

  28. Cute bag- saw it on oneprettything.com. 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!

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

  30. 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!

  31. 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!

  32. 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

  33. 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.

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

  35. 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 πŸ™‚

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

  37. 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?

  38. 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!

  39. 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!!!

  40. 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.

  41. 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!

  42. 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!

  43. 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!

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

  45. 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.



  46. 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!

  47. 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!

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

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

  50. 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.

  51. 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.

  52. 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.


  53. 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!

  54. 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…

  55. 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.

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

  57. 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,

  58. 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!!

  59. 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!

  60. 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

  61. 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.

  62. 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!!

  63. 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

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

  65. 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!

  66. 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!

  67. 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!

  68. 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!

  69. 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.

  70. 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.

  71. 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!

  72. I am so making myself one of these! Only I live in Europe, so IΒ΄ll need to convert those inches into centimeters, but that wonΒ΄t be a problem πŸ™‚ Thanks for the pattern, so nice of you!

  73. 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!

  74. 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. πŸ™‚

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

  76. 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!

  77. 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!


  78. 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?

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

  80. 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!

  81. 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.

  82. 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.

  83. 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!

  84. 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!)

  85. 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*

  86. 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!

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

  88. 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.

  89. 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

  90. 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?


  91. 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

  92. 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 theatticstudio.blogspot.com. This is an adorable bag and a great pattern. Thanks again!

  93. 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 πŸ™‚ Thanks!

  94. 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!

  95. 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. πŸ™‚

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

  97. 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!

  98. 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

  99. I made one today – it's in my blog πŸ™‚

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

  100. 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!!!

  101. 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

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

  103. 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.

  104. 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!

  105. 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!

  106. 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 πŸ™‚

  107. 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!

  108. I love the bag! Super cute, and the pattern is really simple. I also love your big butt baby pants πŸ™‚

    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 seamssewcreative.blogspot.com

  109. 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.

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

  111. 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…: )

  112. 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!!

  113. 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.

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

  115. 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.

  116. 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.

  117. 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!

  118. 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 πŸ™‚

  119. 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,

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

  121. 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???

  122. 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!!

  123. 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!

  124. 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!

  125. 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?

  126. 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.

  127. 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

  128. 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?

  129. Hi! Just made this cute purse to put in my daughter's Easter basket and linked up πŸ™‚ Thanks!

  130. 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.

  131. 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??

  132. 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.

  133. 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!!!!!

  134. hi Rae,

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


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

  136. 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 judyphelps@gmail.com or respond here. Thanks much.

  137. 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!

  138. 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. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing dear. Really helpful for a new beginner like me. Will share the result soon.

  139. I've just discovered your pattern and made my first bag ever πŸ™‚ Thank you so much.

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

  141. 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!

  142. 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?

  143. 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!! vrebmann@yahoo.com

      • 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.

  144. 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!

  145. 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.

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

  147. 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.

  148. 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!

    • 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! πŸ™‚

  149. 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??

  150. 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!

    • Totally fine Tishsa, making something as a gift generally falls into the “personal use” category. Thanks for asking!

  151. 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 πŸ™

    • Yup! I’ve seen them made from jeans, leather, upholstery fabric. You name it, I’ve seen it and it all works just fine! πŸ™‚

  152. 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.

  153. 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!

  154. 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!

  155. Hola, saludos cordiales. Felicitaciones por su maravillosa pΓ‘gina.
    Esta bolsa es preciosa y le agradezco el compartir el patrΓ³n.
    Me encanta hacer bolsas y otras manualidades.

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


    • 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!

  157. 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.

  158. 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!

  159. 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.


  160. 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 πŸ˜‰ 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).

  161. 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.

  162. 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/

  163. Rae,

    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.


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

  165. 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.

  166. 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!!


    • 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.

  167. 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!!!

  168. 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!

  169. 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!

  170. 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.

  171. 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?

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

  173. 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

  174. 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.

  175. Thank you so much for the fabulous pattern!! I shrunk it in half to make a tiny little version for my toddler. It looks great and will make a perfect stocking stuffer!

  176. Thank You – this is the perfect pattern for a wedding purse! I made this for my niece and her wedding, I will post pictures to flicker when I am finished. I used white satin for the exterior, and burgundy satin for the lining to match her bridesmaid dresses. I also embroidered and created satin flower embellishments to the exterior of the bag…WOW awesome : )

  177. I’m not into making bags but I’ve been wanting a smaller one for myself and this was so cute I just had to try my hand at it. Just the right size too! Thanks.

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