The Fairly Bucket Bag–Free Pattern and Tutorial

on September 24 | in Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 240 Comments

A couple of months ago I was tempted to buy a simple bucket bag at the store. They have been popping up everywhere I shop, and are in many of the on-trend outfit compilations I love. I did think, however, that the bags I like would be fairly easy and fairly inexpensive to make. So I started fiddling around with a pattern and came up with the Fairly Bucket Bag. It is a fun, Fairly simple patten. Yes, it requires some hardware, but trust me, it is No Big Deal!

The bag has an adjustable strap, so it can be worn as a shoulder bag, or as a cross-body bag. I’ve been using mine for few weeks now and find myself adjusting the length of the strap Fairly regularly.

Although I provide the dimensions for only one size, you can easily scale this down or up. I think it would be great as an over-night bag, which could Fairly easily be accomplished by adding only a few inches to the dimensions. Book bag, diaper bag, dance bag, toy bag…it can Fairly well be anything!

The instructions show you how to make an interior zippered welt pocket, which is Fairly simple.

So far my tween and I think this is a Fairly great bag for Autumn. It’s just the right size to meet your needs for the the fluctuating weather, as it perfectly accommodates a sweater, water bottle, and sunglasses, as well as snacks, phone, and wallet!

Gather Supplies and Tools

  • 1/2 yard exterior fabric I used cotton/linen canvas, but you can use quilt-weight cotton if you want. If you are worried that it won’t be sturdy enough, use a light-weight fusible interfacing on the exterior pieces. I like Pellon SF-101.
  • 1/2 yard lining fabric Again, I used cotton/linen canvas, but quilt-weight cotton will work.
  • 1/2 yard interlining fabric This can be denim, canvas or duck cloth. I like something sturdy, but not too stiff. It goes in between the layers to add heft and strength to the bag.
  • 1/4 yard pocket lining fabric Quilt-weight cotton will do.
  • Scrap light or medium weight interfacing Cut to 3″ x 9″. I like Pellon SF-101.
  • One 7″ zipper
  • Twelve* large eyelet sets The ones pictured here are eyelets from Pacific Trimming. I have also used the Dritz 1/4″ eyelets that you can get at sewing and craft stores. Sometimes they are called small grommets. Large eyelets/small grommets. *You need 12 for the bag, but I strongly recommend getting  a few extras for practicing.
  • Two 1.5″ O-rings You could use D-rings if you prefer. You can get either at craft stores, fabric stores, Home Depot, Etsy, or Pacific Trimming.
  • One 1″ metal slide adjuster It can be slightly bigger, but it needs to fit the width of the webbing you get for the strap. Not so easy to find in stores, but readily available on Etsy and Pacific Trimming.
  • Two yards 1″ webbing I like the 100% cotton kind, but you can use nylon, poly or a blend.  Sometimes called “strapping” or “belting”. Available at craft stores and lots of shops online, including Etsy and Pacific Trimming. You can use wider webbing, but make sure it fits your slider and your O-rings.
  • 1.5 yards braided cord I like cotton, but you can use poly. Even paracord will work, which you can find everywhere these days (there is probably some in your kid’s room.)  It needs to fit loosely through your eyelets.
  • Rotary cutter and mat
  • Scissors, pins, seam ripper
  • Double-sided sewing tape or glue stick
  • X-acto knife (I forgot to put this in my glamour shot of supplies, but I used my superior Photoshopping skillz to seamlessly add it to the picture.)
  • Eyelet tool with hammer and board, or eyelet/grommet pliers The tool needs to match the size of the eyelets you use. I like the inexpensive Dritz tool that comes with the eyelet set better than the pliers, but pliers work too.
  • Pocket Template (print this PDF)

Cut Fabrics

  • Cut  2 each of the exterior fabric, interlining, and lining fabric to 17″ x 17″.
  • Cut a 3″ x 3″ square out of the bottom corners of the exterior, interlining, and lining fabrics. (Save these squares for grommet practice!)
  • Cut the interfacing to 3″ x 9″.
  • Cut the pocket lining to 9″ w x 17″ h.

Cut Webbing

  • Cut 2 pieces 5″ each for the O-ring loops
  • Cut 1 piece 3″ for the cord stop
  • Cut 1 piece 1.5 yards for the strap
  • Save the 5″ remnant as a backup

Mark  the Eyelet Placement

On the two exterior pieces, use tailor’s chalk or a water soluble pen to mark a line 2″ down from the top. (I’m using a Frixion pen in this photo, which is a mistake. You will be ironing this piece in a later step, in which case the Frixion ink would disappear!) You will need 6 eyelets on both the front and the back pieces. Mark the placement on the line:

side edge|| 1.625″   *  2.75″  *  2.75″  *  2.75″  *  2.75″  *  2.75″  *  1.625″ ||side edge

(The asterisks represent the eyelet placement. 1.625= 1  5/8 and 2.75= 2 3/4)

Prepare the Lining for  the Pocket

On the wrong side of one of the lining pieces, center the long top edge of the interfacing 2.5″ down from the top. Fuse with an iron. (This will reinforce the pocket opening.) (This step is not shown in the image.)

On the right side of the same  lining piece, use the Pocket Template to transfer the four corners of the pocket shape. Center the long top edge of the pocket 3.75″ down from the top. Use a water soluble pen to poke through the paper and mark the corners, or use tracing paper.

Prepare the Pocket Lining

Transfer the complete shape of the Pocket Template to the WRONG side of the pocket lining.  Center the long top edge of the pocket opening 1″ down from the top (the 9″ edge.)  Use a water soluble pen and a ruler to copy the shape, or tracing paper to transfer it.

Position the Pocket Lining on the Bag Lining

To align the pocket lining with the marks on the bag lining, stick a straight pin through the top corners of the welt pocket shape on the pocket lining, and then through the corresponding marks on the bag lining. Bring the fabrics together along the pins. When the pocket lining is in place, remove these pins and pin the pocket lining in place.

Sew and Cut the Welt Pocket Shape

Sew along the four sides of the pocket opening shape. Take care to make sure the corners are sharp and the two short ends are the same size.

Using a pair of small, sharp scissors, cut along the center line and the diagonal lines to the corners. Don’t cut over your stitches, but get as close as possible.

Press the Pocket Opening

Push the pocket lining fabric through to the wrong side of the bag lining. Press the pocket opening straight and flat.

Prepare the Zipper

Prepare the zipper by putting double-sided sewing tape along the top and bottom edges.  A sewing glue stick, or even a classroom glue stick will also work.

Place the zipper right-side-up on your work surface and center the pocket opening over the zipper. When the zipper is aligned, finger press it into place.

Sew the Zipper to the Lining

Using a zipper foot, sew close to the edge around the four sides of the pocket opening to secure the zipper to the bag lining.

Close the Pocket Lining

On the wrong side of the bag lining fold the pocket lining in half vertically. Using a 1/2″ seam allowance, sew along the three open sides. Make sure to keep the pocket lining away from the bag lining as you sew.

Construct the Bag Lining

Place the two pieces of the bag lining right sides together. Using a 1/2″ seam allowance, sew along the two sides and the bottom. Press the seams open.

Box the Bottom of the Lining

To box the bottom of the bag lining, pull the bag open at one of the bottom notches. Match the side seam with the bottom seam and pin. Sew with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Repeat with the other corner.

Sew the Exterior and Interlining Together

To construct the bag exterior, layer the two exterior fabrics between the interlining pieces with right sides together. With a 1/2″ seam allowance, sew along the sides and the bottom then press the seams open.

Box the bottom of the exterior as you did the lining.

Make the O-Ring Loops

Take your two 5″ pieces of webbing. Loop each piece through an O-ring. Sew two rows of stitches to secure the ring in the loop.

Make the Strap

Take one of the ends of the long strap and put it through the slide adjuster. Fold the end under 1″ and sew in place with two rows of stitches.

Take the other end of the strap and put it through one of the O-rings, then thread the end through the slide adjuster.

Put the end of the strap through the other O-ring. Fold the end under approximately 1″ and secure with 2 rows of stitches.

Make sure the strap is untwisted before proceeding.

Attach the Strap to the Bag Exterior

Turn the bag exterior right side out. Pin the unfinished ends of the O-ring loops to the raw edge of the bag exterior at the side seams.

Using a 3/8″ seam allowance, sew the loops to the bag exterior. Make sure the stitches are secure.

Sew the Bag Lining to the Bag Exterior

Turn the bag exterior wrong-side out with the bag strap inside the bag.  Turn the lining right-side out and place it inside the bag exterior, with ride sides together. Match the side seams and top unfinished edge and pin. With a 1/2″ seam allowance, sew along the top edge, leaving a 5″ opening for turning the bag.

Edge Stitch Around the Top

Turn the bag right-side out through the opening. Straighten and press the top edge of the bag, making sure to tuck the seam allowance in at the opening. Edge stitch around the top of the bag. At this point, you actually have a usable bag, but let’s do this eyelet thing–you won’t regret it.

Cut the Holes for the Eyelets

(Remember the little 3″ squares you cut earlier? Use them to practice before you try it on your bag.) Using your Exacto Knife, cut through all three layers of the fabric at the eyelet placement marks. Try to make an X to start, then carefully cut through enough thread to make a hole big enough to fit the inside edge of the eyelet. Unfortunately, this is an imprecise science, which is why you should practice first. 

Use a pair of small scissors to cut the threads out of the hole.

Set the Eyelet

Insert the eyelet (the larger piece) into the bag from the exterior. The washer goes on the inside. Secure using the instructions for your setting tool or pliers. (Again, a good reason to practice, but it’s easy. Don’t fret.)

Make the Cord Stop

This little sliding loop will allow you to easily cinch the cord on your bag and prevent the ends from pulling through. To make it,  (1) take your 3″ piece of webbing. (2) Fold it in half and sew the ends using a 3/8″ seam allowance. (3)Turn the loop right side out and finger press the seam allowance open. (4) Stitch up the middle, creating 2 channels for the cord. (I used contrasting thread for this demonstration, but used matching thread in the actual project.)

Prepare the Cord Ends

Create temporary aglets for the cord by tightly wrapping pieces of clear tape around the ends. This will make it easier to push the cord through the eyelets and the cord stop.

Thread the Cord Through the Eyelets

Take one end of the cord and thread it through all the eyelets. The two ends should come out the same side in adjacent eyelets.

Push the ends of the cord through the cord stop, cut to your preferred length,  knot the ends, And. You. Are. Done!


I had such a good experience shopping with Pacific Trimming, I reached out to them to tell them how much I like their products. They generously provided us with a set of the hardware I use in this tutorial for a giveaway. (See above for the links to each of the products.) Comment below for a chance to win 2 O-rings, one metal slider, and 15 eyelet sets, all in the antique brass finish.  We’ll choose a winner on 9/30/14.

Pacific Trimming would also like to offer our readers a discount! Use the code SewMamaSew  for 10% off (excluding RIRI Zippers.)

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240 Responses to The Fairly Bucket Bag–Free Pattern and Tutorial

  1. Rhonda says:

    Love the bag. Wondering if you could advise on what fusible interfacing you would recommend instead of using the interlining that you use. Thank you for a great tutorial.

  2. Rhonda says:

    Can you tell me what fusible interfacing you might use in place of the interlining. That would be easier for me. Also, from Pacific Trim, it says that their cotton webbing is 1.75mm thick. Is that the same as yours? Thanks.

  3. jackcinci says:

    Great tutorial. Can you please tell me what is the size of the eyelets and the braided cord?

    • Kristin says:

      I’m sorry, I don’t have the size for the braided cord, but I would say it is about as round as a pencil. That probably doesn’t help if you are trying to order online, so my apologies. I have used 7mm, 9mm, and 1/4″ eyelets. The Dritz 1/4″ eyelets are 6.75mm, but they seem bigger than the 7mm, I think the size refers to the opening. If you can, just choose something that will fit the cord you find.

  4. carolynn says:

    excellent tutorial, thank you… i have been sewing for years and this tutorial has been very helpful for making these bags…Christmas presents are solved this year…LOL

  5. Deece says:

    Great bag! Thank you for the tutorial.

  6. Emily says:

    I love this tutorial! I’ve been really into making bags lately, and can’t wait to challenge myself with this one! I’ve been really scared of using grommets/eyelets because I made a bag last year and they pulled out of the fabric completely! Any ideas with how to conquer this? PS. I love your cotton and steel fabric 🙂

    • Kristin says:

      I think you might have just made the holes too big. When you put the eyelet in, it should be a really tight fit. I think (hope) that with three layers, it would be really hard for them to pull out of the fabric if you have a good tight fit and have secured the eyelet. Did you use Dritz eyelets? I actually like those best because they have a nice wide washer for the back. The ones I use in this demo are pretty on the front but the washer is small and harder to get just right. Definitely give it a try.

  7. Lesley says:

    Great bag and I would love to win the hardware!

  8. Dana says:

    Super cute!!! Only problem is deciding what fabric to use 🙂

  9. Liz says:

    Very cool! Thanks!

  10. misiz othman says:

    I never sewed something, but one machine last week. I vl try this and vl post a picture of same to show u. Thanks for the tutorial

  11. Monika says:

    The bag is perfect! I would love to make it 🙂

  12. Stefanie B says:

    These look so lovely!!
    I’d love to make one of those, since I’ve been searching for a good bag anyways, this would be perfect!

  13. Micaela says:

    I would love to make this sometime for one of my kids!

  14. Becky says:

    I used this tutorial to make a bag over the weekend and loved it! Thank you. Could not find the hardware in matching colors other than silver so would LOVE to win these fabulous supplies.

  15. Lisa Chin says:

    This is a great bag tutorial. Thank you for sharing it and thanks to Pacific Trimmings for the giveaway AND the discount!

  16. Melissa says:

    Yay – love this pattern & especially just in time for XMAS presents 🙂

  17. Bonny says:

    I would love to make this bag!!

  18. Amy says:

    great bag and instructions!

  19. Ann F says:

    I would love to make one!

  20. Georgie says:

    I love this bag! I’m definitely going to make it for my husband & daughter to take to swimming lessons.

  21. amanda says:

    Can’t wait to make this!

  22. Neeta says:

    I can see myself making this bag! Great tutorial.

  23. Kristin A says:

    I love this bag!! I’m going to have to make time for this project!!

  24. Traci Paetzel says:

    I’m working on one now!! Thanks for the tut!

  25. Kaori says:

    I love love this bag. I cannot wait to make it!

  26. Janice says:

    Love this bag, and you have explained the sewing that I can understand it!

  27. Christy Coy says:


  28. Linda says:

    Oh my………I’m addicted to making these. I love combining the different fabrics. I’ve been having fund with the pocket and surprise fabric for that plus crazy color zippers. Fun!! I just finished my 3rd bag. Thanks for the tutorial I can hardly wait for another one!

  29. What a wonderful tutorial for a great bag!

  30. Sue Hentsch says:

    Soo many possibilities!!!!

  31. Emily says:

    Teenage daughter wants! She asked me to make “the one with the words”. Lol

  32. Kathe says:

    I’ve worked with everything but the small eyelets. Thanks for the instruction and the giveaway.

  33. Bryttnee says:

    Love this one!!! So many uses!!

  34. Bryttnee says:

    This bag must be added to my collection!!!
    Love it!!!

  35. Katie says:

    I would love to make this! I just had to finally toss a gorgeous vintage bucket bag after I could not get the stink out of the leather despite trying everything under the sun. This one lifts my spirits from that sad defeat.

  36. Marilyn S says:

    cute bag! I love to make my own bags and would love this hardware to follow your great tutorial. Thanks!

  37. Janis T says:

    I love this bag. Thanks for a great tutorial. I’ll be sure to check out Pacific Trimming.

  38. Tia says:

    Thanks for such a thorough tutorial! Looks like a great bag to make for Christmas gifts!

  39. Courtney says:

    Finding the right/perfect hardware is the hardest part. Yes, please! Cute bag.

  40. Mims says:

    Thanks for the tutorial and the chance to win the hardware!

  41. Pauline says:

    This is a great bag and I am thinking if I had the hardware I would definitely make – so thanks for the chance to win some.

  42. Monique says:

    Can’t wait to make this bag!! It’s lovely 🙂

  43. Ann says:

    Really apreciate the instructions about constructing the straps

  44. Jessica M J says:

    Super cute bag!

  45. Lise says:

    I am slightly daunted at the straps and eyelets, but I think I will give this a go!

  46. Ann says:

    That bag looks fantastic I really would love one please x

  47. Elaina Massey says:

    Need me some hardware! Fall bucket bag on my bucket list!!!!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  48. darci says:

    This will be a perfect bag for my niece to take to dance class.

  49. Carolyn says:

    Great bag and I love all the hardware.

  50. Barbara Godfrey says:

    Cute bag and the tutorial is really helpful. Thanks!

  51. Tina says:

    Such a great post! I’m thinking this would make an excellent Christmas gift 🙂

  52. Kirsty Roberts says:

    Great bag. Have got to have a go!

  53. Kirsty Roberts says:

    love it, have to have a go!

  54. Regina says:

    ooh -somehow I missed when you posted this tutorial – this just went on my short “to do” list!!!

  55. Emily says:

    Looking forward to trying this bag! Having the hardware on hand would be great ????

  56. Sandy says:

    I love this bag! It is so me!! I carry so much stuff this is just perfect. Would love to win the hardware and make me one!!

  57. RKounez says:

    Can’t wait to make this bag!

  58. Felicia says:

    I think I know what I’m making for Christmas gifts this year!

  59. sonia says:

    I love this bag! I’m going to sew it

  60. Catherine says:

    I recently improvised a backpack version of this as a school bag for my son – yours looks better/easier – I think I may need to make one for myself!

  61. Cyndi says:

    Cute bag!

  62. Ajaire says:

    Love the shape of this bag! Great tutorial and thanks for a fun giveaway 🙂

  63. Kristin S. says:

    Great bag! I’d love to make one. 🙂

  64. Claudia D says:

    What a cute and functional bag!

  65. krystina says:

    Thank you for posting this! This bag would make a great gift for my sister, can’t wait to try it out.

  66. Karen Chatters says:

    I love this bag!

  67. Zoe says:

    I love this bag!

  68. Linda says:

    Thanks so much for the explanation. This is a great bag and I’ve made 2 in 2 days! They are so much fun. thanks again.

  69. Kelly R says:

    I also love this bag, thank you for the tutorial.

  70. Sharon says:

    When I first saw this, I thought this would make a fun project my sewing friends and I could do together for a mystery sew day. On second thought, I thought it might be complicated. After reading through your easily understood tutorial, I thought yes, this might be fairly simple to do in a group setting! I can almost hear the laughter and oohs and aahs as we would work together, each of us creating our own Fairly bag!

    • Kristin says:

      I hope you do it, Sharon! That would be fun to hear about!

  71. Judy A says:

    I love this bag. So cute. Where did you find the state fabric?

    • Kristin says:

      Judy, it is Cotton + Steel cotton/linen blend by Alexia Abegg. I think you can still find it around in online shops.

  72. Denise says:

    I love this bag! I like how it can be adjusted to a cross body bag. Great for trekking in the city.

    • Kristin says:

      Denise, I just meant that the way the strap is constructed with the slide adjuster, you can lengthen it so if fits across your body, or you can shorten it to use as a shoulder bag.

  73. Erin says:

    I love to make bags of all sorts and this one is great! I have two grandkids who need to have bags for their day trips and overnights to Grandma’s. The hardware looks wonderful. Thanks for this opportunity.

  74. EllenB says:

    Thanks for your great tutorial and I think I’ll try making one in denim.

  75. Linda says:

    I am in the process of making this bag. It calls for 2 yds of webbing. Then it says to cut 2-5″ pieces for the o rings. It says to cut 18″ and this will be the strap. It is very short and I am thinking this might be a error in the pattern???

    • Kristin says:

      Linda, I apologize for the confusion. I should reword that. It says to cut 18″ from the 2 yards, which leaves 1.5 yards for the strap. So the long piece is the strap. From the 18″ you’ll cut 2 5″ pieces and one 3″ piece for the cord stop.

  76. Carissa says:

    I’m pretty advanced at making bags and purses but I read through your tutorial … it’s perfectly written. Can’t wait to make one of these! Thank you for the tutorial.

  77. Julie says:

    Thank you for the clear tutorial- I have some heavier fabrics that would be perfect for this bag- can’t wait to try it!

  78. AnnCP says:

    A little more in-depth instructions – but a great looking bag. This would be a fun class to have – after I learn to make one!!

  79. Helena says:

    It is early Saturday morning and after looking at this post I am definitely going to busy today!! I love this pattern! Thanks for sharing

  80. Lebec Egirl Sews says:

    What a perfect gift to make for a friend’s birthday.

    Love, Love, Love the bag.

  81. mak teh ismail says:

    Awesome tutorial, now i can make one for myself.
    Yes, love love the fabric

  82. Leigh W says:

    Love this little bag! It will make a very cute knitting bag. 🙂

  83. Maria says:

    Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

  84. Marsha says:

    I’ve been looking for something to use the states fabric. This could be it!

  85. Audry says:

    What an awesome treat. This is a nifty bag. Love your tutorials!

  86. Melissa says:

    Wow! Thank you for another great tutorial! These will be great gift items!

  87. Cheryl says:

    LOVE all your tutorials and classes. Cute bag, too! Can’t wait to try this one.

  88. Sue says:

    Love the bag and I’m going to check out Pacific Trimmings right now!

  89. Eliza says:

    Nice bag — I’m often hesitant to do projects with a lot of hardware, but your explanation sounds do-able!

  90. Anna says:

    I’m inspired. And motivated. Thanks for the tutorial!

  91. darci says:

    great fabrics- i love Pacific Trimmings- they are alway my first stop in the garment district!

  92. Sue R says:

    Love this bag! thank you for the tutorial and the giveaway!!

  93. April says:

    This was a great tutorial! Very detailed! I loved it and will definitely be making this!
    Thank you sooo much!!!!

  94. Megan says:

    Thanks for the great instructions…and clear detailed photos, too. I’m looking forward to giving this one a try.

  95. Crystal Arcand says:

    I love this bag! I’m always aggravated that my bad doesn’t open very wide.

  96. Sharon says:

    This is a great bag and a marvelous tutorial!! Wow!

  97. Elaine Chapman says:

    Your pictures are excellent. They inspire me to maybe try my first bag.

  98. Carmen Sidlaruk says:

    Thanks for the good to tutorial. I’m gonna I’m gonna have to make one of these cute bags.

  99. Nicki Slater says:

    I’m putting this pattern into my usual rotation. Thanks for the giveaway offer!

  100. Shelly says:

    I’d love to make one for my teenager for school! Apparently, backpacks are not cool!

  101. Lynne says:

    Love this bag, plan to make one on my sewing retreat in 2 weeks!

  102. Susan Brooks says:

    I’m a big fan of yours. You hit this right on the head. Just what I have been looking for.

  103. Karen says:

    What a great bag! Can’t wait to make one.

  104. Linda P in IL says:

    That you for a very well written tutorial. Lots of good tips. I will make this bag for myself and when others see it they will want their own, so I’ll send them here.

  105. Lisa Johnson says:

    Love the bag and would love the goodies to make it. Not that not winning will stop me from making it!

  106. Mandy says:

    Love this! Can’t wait to try it!

  107. Nicole says:

    Thanks for the tutorial and giveaway.

  108. Beth Curtis says:

    This is a great bag. I am definitely going to make one if these! Great tutorial.

  109. Lynn says:

    I love this bag and will be making it soon. Thank you for the tutorial.

  110. Rhonda Hunter says:

    Sooooo cute! Guess those quilt squares I’m working on right now are just going to have to wait until I make one of these bags. Thanks so much for sharing this!

  111. Kimberlee says:

    Love this bag! I think it’s just right for what someone asked me to make them for their camera & iPad.

  112. Melissa says:

    Thanks for the chance to win! I can’t hardly wait to try making this bag!

  113. C. Gromelski says:

    Fabulous bag!!!

    Beautiful hardware, great design….thanks for sharing!

  114. Leslie P says:

    Love this bag!! My friend and I might make a couple of them together!!

  115. Heather says:

    I love this bag!!

  116. Maria says:

    Great tutorial for a very useful bag.

  117. Anita says:

    Great bag, thanks for the tutorial!

  118. Cindy says:

    Great tutorial!

  119. Melissa says:

    Super excited to make this. Sewing nights are a way to connect with friends who have busy lives, families etc… We use it as a chance to slow down and just create and enjoy each others company.

  120. Laura says:

    I am looking forward to making one of these bags. They are super cute, I really like the design and the fabric. Now I need hardware and som GD energy… Haha! :p

  121. Jamie says:

    Love this bag! I need to make one now!

  122. Stephanie F says:

    sweet bag! Thanks for sharing!

  123. Sharon R says:

    This looks like a neat bag, I will have to try and make it!

  124. Ruth says:

    Wow! Great tutorial & cute bag!

  125. Joanne King says:

    I love making bags and this one looks like a lot of fun.

  126. Joanne King says:

    I love making bags. This looks like fun.

  127. kathyh says:

    I’ve been seeing these bags all over too. Great choice of fabrics. Will have to try this one soon.

  128. Dawn B says:

    What a great bag and tutorial!

  129. Nancy Miller says:

    Perfect timing!!!! I really need to make a new bag the one I have now is looking pretty rough! Cute bag!

  130. MindyZW says:

    What a great purse. I love it….and thanks for the giveaway.. Awesome.

  131. Lennye S says:

    I love, love, love this bag! Great fabric choices! Thanks for the tutorial.

  132. Anita L says:

    Great tutorial. I am bookmarking it in my “tutorials” file. Thank you for the giveaway.

  133. denise waldron says:

    Will be making For my Granddaughter for Christmas. Just love the bag.

  134. Sue Platz says:

    This is sooooo the bag…looks like fun to make…love the hardware, gives it a nice finished look..can’t wait to make one…

  135. Tina says:

    I already had this on my to-make list, fabulous tutorial. Hoping to win that hardware!

  136. Karen says:

    Love this bag!

  137. Jen Z says:

    Just recently got into making bags, love this pattern and your tutorial is easy to follow. Thanks!

  138. sarah says:

    Great bag great bag tutorial just bought the perfect canvas to make this

  139. Ramona says:

    I love this bag. I can’t make to make one for myself, plus they would make a great gift!

  140. Kathy says:

    Can’t wait to make a few of these!

  141. Holly says:

    I love this tutorial…exactly what I have been looking for. Thanks for this giveaway.

  142. Keri Lyn says:

    Great tutorial and super bag! Also, thanks for sharing where you found the hardware.

  143. Kathleen says:

    Great hardware for a great bag

  144. Jen v says:

    I can’t wait to make this bag!

  145. Andrea says:

    Yes, the needle can move to the left and right so I think I can make it work. I have just never sewn anything but quilts before, so zippers seem scary :). Thanks for the help!

  146. Rhonda says:

    Absolutely. Love this bag! Very good tutorial ….thank you!

  147. Susan C. says:

    What a great tutorial! Thanks for the chance to win the hardware!

  148. Deb says:

    What fun bags! Can’t wait to make one myself!

  149. Patti says:

    I really like this bag, I hope to find time to make one soon! Thanks for the tutorial!

  150. Julie says:

    I have the fabric for this bag already – I just didn’t know it was going to be made into this bag until I saw this pattern! Thanks!!

  151. Robin says:

    Great tutorial! I will definitely be making one of these!!!

  152. Diana says:

    Very cute bag!!

  153. Katie says:

    What a Fairly awesome bag 🙂 Also, thank you for the chance to win the hardware!

  154. CJ says:

    I’ve been looking for a bucket bag pattern/tutorial !!! Thank you so much! BTW – that blue fabric is on my MUST GET list. Can you tell me who makes the fabric you used for the lining?? Such a cute bag.

  155. Kathleen S says:

    Love this tut….thanks for the giveaway…

  156. Kalie Jayne says:

    So cute! Can’t wait to make this!

  157. Heather says:

    Thanks for the chance! I have such a hard time finding hardware.

  158. Andrea says:

    The thought of making this bag terrifies me but it’s so cute and versatile that I think it’s worth a try (I don’t even know if I have a zipper foot!). Love, love, love this bag! Thank you for the instructions!

    • Kristin says:

      Andrea, you might not need one. Do you know if you can move your needle left/right? If so, that’s all you need to do–move it closer to the edge.

  159. Angie says:

    Thanks for the tutorial and the giveaway! Love your site!

  160. Joy says:

    Great Tutorial!! and Love the color combo of the Navy and orange bag! Thank you for a chance to win the hardware so we can make our own bag!

  161. Sue says:

    Wow, what a great pattern. I will be starting one tonight! Have just the perfect fabric for it! Thanks for the chance to win the hardware!

  162. Vicki H says:

    Love you bag. You make everything look very doable. Thanks for the tutorial.

  163. Sandy K says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial. I think I can even handle the zipper.

  164. Sheri Ricker says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. I have my eco dyed thrifted wool fabric ready to sew into this marvelous pattern. I have been looking for the perfect pattern and here it is!! So happy and so happy for a chance to win this beautiful hardware. Your bucket bag tutorial is so complete and your bags are outstanding.

  165. Elizabeth says:

    I am looking forward to making this!

  166. Melissa H says:

    This bag is amazing!

  167. Samina says:

    This really looks like a fantastic & versatile bag! I can see getting a ton of use out of it. It would be a great knitting project bag. I love the fabric choices in the sample & I’m going to have to check my stash for supplies to make my own.

  168. Michelle says:

    Yay! I can’t wait to make mine! I’ve been saving my fabric for this ever since I saw the first one you made. Thank you for the awesome design and tutorial!

  169. Judy says:

    Great bag1 I love the idea of being able to adjust the strap.

  170. Lindsay says:

    I love this bag! Thanks for the tutorial.

  171. Joyce says:

    I love this bag. Can’t wait to make it.

  172. Samantha says:

    Cool bag! I love the hardware. Question: When you cut the 17″ squares for the bag, do you cut two squares from each fabric to have a front and back? I wasn’t sure. Thanks!

    • Kristin says:

      Yes, Samantha! I’m sorry I missed that. It has been corrected.

  173. Stephanie says:

    Yay! I can’t wait to make this.

  174. Vikki says:

    Thanks for the cute bag tutorial and the giveaway!

  175. Cat Crain says:

    I LOVE IT! Adore the navy fabric with all the states 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  176. Laura says:

    Another great tutorial. I think the hardware really sets this bag apart. I’d love to win!

  177. Caroline says:

    Awesome giveaway! I’d love to try this with some organic cotton canvas.

  178. Gina says:

    I’ve never made anything that requires hardware,but I’d love to give it a go. A bag like this would be very handy for all my family adventures.

  179. Susan says:

    Thanks for sharing how to make this cute bag!

  180. Mj says:

    So cute! I’d love to learn how to do eyelets.

  181. Arya Forel says:

    Great tutorial… the bag is fabulous… I’ll try it this version for this Christmas presents.

  182. Melinda Meehan says:

    Thank you so much for all the hard work you put into these tutorials..i love this bag! I learn something new every time I read one. Hardware is my favorite part of bag making and I’m always running out so I’ll definitely have to check and see there products. Thanks again for the tutorial and the chance to win!

  183. Lucienne says:

    Thank you for posting.. Have been eyeing these bags and was going to fiddle to create.. You have saved me a lot of time! Wonderful easy to understand directions!

  184. Stephanie says:

    I’ve got three sisters and four teenaged nieces — they’re all getting these for Christmas!

  185. Marisa says:

    Love this bag! I think it would be perfect to carry all the “mom stuff” I need during the day. I have had the worst luck with eyelets so excited to give it a go again when I make this bag! Thanks for the tutorial!

  186. Andria says:

    I so want to make this bag! I’m a pretty novice seamstress, but I think I will give it a try! Thanks for a lovely pattern.

  187. Cathy says:

    This is cute! Like the shape and style. Nicely done.

  188. Cathi Thomas says:

    Cute idea. A step up from the draw string backpacks.

  189. Emily says:

    This is a fairly awesome bag! I would love a set of hardware to make one for myself!

  190. Sharon says:

    Wow how very cute……and the fabric is wonderful. Thanks for a great tutorial.

  191. diah says:

    This is a simple great bag….and you make the bag making process looks easy for beginner like me. Thank you for sharing.

  192. Wendy says:

    Very cute..I already know what fabric I’m using! Thank you!

  193. Jolien says:

    Reminds me of the bags I had for primary school, that one was perfect for gym class. 🙂

    Thanks for the tutorial and giveaway!

  194. mientje says:

    Beautiful… Like to make one to go to work. Practical and beautiful, you don’t need more 😉

  195. Yategirl says:

    A great idea for Christmas gifts for the tweens I need to buy for and a nice straightforward tutorial too!

  196. debbie d says:

    Love the fabrics you chose, are they from cotton and steel? thanks for the pattern

    • Kristin says:

      Yes, the blue exterior is C + S, and the lining of the other two are C + S.

  197. Adina says:

    Really nice! I like it!

  198. carole c says:

    Great bag, love the states fabric

  199. Ale says:

    Wowo what a cool bag for the evrydaylife! Thanks for sharing, and good selection of fabrics.

  200. Ale says:

    Wow! That’s a cool bag for evryday crafty life! Thanks for sharing!

  201. Cari says:

    I love this bag!

  202. Corinne says:

    Perfect dance bag pattern!

  203. Michelle says:

    What a great bag. This will be the next bag I make!

  204. Becca says:

    Great bag and tutorial! This might just be my weekend project! Thank you!

  205. darlene macdonald says:

    What a great giveaway! And the bag is awesome thank you for sharing this with us!!! sewmamasew rocks!!!!

  206. Aubrey says:

    Thank you for the tutorial. I can’t wait to make this bag.

  207. sally says:

    Oh boy!! I see some Christmas gifts coming!!! But first, I shall make one for myself (just to be sure its as cool as it looks!).

  208. Shannon says:

    I’m definitely going to have to make this one. I’ve never used grommets and it’s the perfect excuse, plus the bag is too cute!

  209. Liz says:

    I love this! We might be moving out of state soon which means flying back and forth to house hunt. This will be perfect for the plan trips.

  210. Lisa E says:

    You are right. I could see this bag being used for so many different purposes!

  211. Ava says:

    Wow, awesome would stretch my bag skills with the hardware, but up for the challenge.

  212. Kelly P says:

    Super fun! I love the use of the grommets.

  213. Kristen says:

    What a great tutorial. I think I am going to make this bag!

  214. rachal chohonis says:

    What a fun bag, can’t wait to try it. Thanks for doing all the hard stuff and sharing.

  215. Kimberly says:

    Your cord stop is fantastic!! Love this bag. Pinning immediately!

  216. Sandy T says:

    Great tutorial! Love your choice of fabrics! Thanks for the chance to win!

  217. Jennie says:

    I love this bag! Thanks for the tutorial.

  218. Lynne says:

    Thanks for the tutorial – the hardest part of making bags is finding the hardware – I’m goint to check out Pacific Trimmings

  219. Diane says:

    These bags are perfect for my 2 daughters…one wants it made from an old pair of jeans to throw her crossfit gear into and my other daughter would like it out of a more ethnic (Latin American) fabric to put her cello accessories in. And me, well, I’d like one out of some bright pinks/purples and blues!!! Fun for the whole family!

  220. Serena says:

    What a wonderful bag, and nice, clear instructions. Thank you for this. I think I will make a couple as gifts (one can never have too many bags).

  221. Pat K says:

    I need a new fall bag. Would love to win the hardware. Thanks

  222. Paige says:

    I am singing, reading this tutorial makes me so happy!! I love it, great job! I can’t wait to try it out. The zipper looks amazing and the grommets are scary but someday I am going to climb the grommet mountain! Thanks, Paige.

  223. Beth T. says:

    Thanks for this very comprehensive tutorial.

  224. Jana says:

    Great tutorial. I would love to get the hardware to try this out!

  225. Sheriece says:

    Beautiful bag!! Can’t wait to make one!!

  226. Sheena says:

    Love this! Can’t wait to try it out!

  227. D. Meredith says:

    Great bag! I’d love to make my own, especially if I win the hardware. Thanks for the chance.

  228. Sandy says:

    Love this!! Will tag you in on Instagram when I make one!!

  229. Margo says:

    This is a great tutorial and a very cute bag! I really like the fabrics you chose.

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