Bonsai Bag Sewing Pattern!

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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


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


  • 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.


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)

Return of the Bonsai Bag

And see what others have made in the Bonsai Bag Photo Pool (submit your pictures here!)

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16 thoughts on “Bonsai Bag Sewing Pattern!

  1. Glad you got this working as an instant pdf. Did some of my patterns several months ago and am VERY happy with it. No one has complained so far! Good luck with yours!!

  2. No problems downloading. Super excited to get started! Now to find the perfect fabric…
    Thanks Rae!!


  3. Yay! I just had to have it, and although any actual sewing will probably be a ways off I can spend lots of time pondering the perfect fabric choices 🙂 And pompom color. Thanks Rae!

  4. So gorgeous… it! Another stunner by you! You are feeding my purse addiction quite nicely 🙂 Gonna have to get myself one to make after the xmas gift rush.

  5. Thanks again Rae for letting me test it out. I love the bag. Hope the pattern is selling like hot cakes.

  6. woweee wow wow, Ms. Rae. These are just so eye catching, especially that scrumptious brown one! Bravo!

    PS my word verification is desserr but I keep typing dessert instead, naturally.

  7. Hi Rae, I just discovered your blog and love this bag. I am a beginner and wasn't sure if this would be too hard for me to try. I have been sewing for a long time but mostly straight line stuff, pillows, etc. What do you think?


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