Quilty Penelope Bag PDF Pattern, Quilted Handbag pattern, sew a small handbag



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A PDF Pattern to sew a Quilty Penelope Handbag.

If you are a quilter you will making love this bag. The Quilty Penelope Bag is perfect for carrying all your essentials, plus a few extras. It’s small enough that it won’t weigh down your shoulder, but roomy enough to hold what you need. The comfortable fabric strap stays on your shoulder and easily slips on with one hand.

The handbag has a variable star block built into the side panels, giving it a pop of color and a cute way to show off your love of quilting. The star panel is great for using up some of your scraps or for playing around with your new favorite fabrics. You can also substitute an 8”, or larger, orphan block to the center panel for a completely different look. There are pockets built into both walls of the interior. The bag stays closed with a magnetic snap. They are simple to install.

This PDF Pattern includes 22 pages of step-by-step instructions with bright photos to help you through each step. It is geared toward a Confident Beginner sewist. If you know how to sew a little and are willing to learn a little more, this is the pattern for you. Also I am just an email away if you ever have any questions.

Materials and Supplies needed:

Exterior fabric - 1/2 yard for the star border and handle - use quilting cotton or decorator weight fabric
Lining fabric - 1/2 yard for the lining, handle, and star – use quilting cotton
Pocket fabric - 1/3 yard for the pockets and star
Star Center fabric – 1/8 yd or scraps for the star center
1/2 yard of white acrylic felt, sold by the yard (*see note below)
1 yard lightweight fusible interfacing
2 - 1.5” D Rings
1 magnetic snap
1 printed Quilty Penelope pattern piece, p. 21-22 + extra tracing paper (optional)
Safety Pin or Bodkin
Marking pen
Clear ruler, rotary cutter, and mat

*A Note About Interfacing: There are a variety of choices when it comes to interfacing. You
may have a favorite combination that you prefer so feel free to use it. I like to use acrylic felt (cut from
the bolt, not from the precut squares) for the exterior in combination with a lightweight fusible
interfacing for the lining. Felt provides a little more stiffness than batting or fusible fleece. Choose a felt
color that is white or cream. Other colors sometimes bleed onto the exterior fabric when the bag gets
wet. Alternative exterior interfacing options include fusible fleece, Soft & Stable, or a couple of layers of
cotton batting.

If you make one I'd love to see it #QuiltyPenelopyBag. Tag me on Instagram @bluesusanmakes

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Happy Sewing!

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Lovely pattern. I made this in a day. I made it in the 6 month size for my 5mo and it fit really well. It’s an easy pattern to adapt the way you want, too. I switched the colors (black for stripes, yellow for body) and put the button closure on the front instead of the back. It’s absolutely adorable. My son seemed to like it too!

Taylor Harris Oct 16, 2022

5 out of 5 stars

Super easy pattern! I didn’t realize how big the large bat is but I love it! I have made one large bat and several small bats. They come together pretty quickly! Not sure what I will do with them all but having a good time making a whole bat family.

Ashley Aug 13, 2022

5 out of 5 stars

This pattern was so easy to use. The instructions were clear. I enjoyed my bats

Linda Samuels Dec 7, 2021

5 out of 5 stars

Made this handbag and it turned out cute. Not as difficult as one might think.

Patricia Silverman Jul 3, 2017

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