Showoff Bag PDF Sewing Pattern is Here!


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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.

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)


• 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

Fabric Recommendations
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.



The Showoff Bag was featured on my blog on the following posts:
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The Showoff Bag


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18 thoughts on “Showoff Bag PDF Sewing Pattern is Here!

  1. Hey you!!
    I LURVE the new bag … seriously, meant to send you an e-mail (and a hello, catch up, are we still friends note ;D) and tell you how great it is. I especially love the chevron + denim. Good work fancy pattern pants!!

    XOXO & Happy Friday!!

  2. Another awesome bag, Rae! Congrats!

    Just a little copy editing;
    under the ‘Difficulty’ heading, it says “This tunic is a “confident beginner” project.”


  3. I snatched up this pattern in the middle of the night after it was posted! Already have 2 made, and I LOVE them!! Such a great pattern. Thanks so much!

  4. This bag is so gorgeous! I love the different colors variations in your photos.

    I gave you a fun award on my blog today! Of course, you’re under no obligation to participate. I just want my readers to know how great your blog is. 🙂

  5. i’m about to place my order for this bag now, while browsing for fabric…can you tell me what you used for the grey/charcoal fabric on the chevron bag? I’m curious about the weight of it-was it denim, linen, home dec? thanks!

    • Hi Kristen:
      Sure! The fabric on the top of the chevron bag is 100% linen — two color threads, off white and brown give it that “shot” look. If you choose to go this route, definitely make sure you interface all of the top panels with a thicker interfacing and press like a maniac; linen is notorious for moving around and needs the interfacing for stability. Hope that helps!!

  6. I was wondering if I could use repurposed denim jeans to make this pattern. Or would the denim be too heavy – it looks like with the lining and pleats it might be a lot of fabric?

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