Aragon Bag


I am ecstatic to introduce you to my newest pdf sewing pattern, the Aragon Bag (also available on paper)! This is an intermediate-level sewing pattern, and although it was meant for the new mother in mind as a diaper bag, it would also make a great bag if you just have a lot of stuff, or a fantastic carry-on bag!  I used Aurifil 40 wt. thread to sew the bag together because it is so strong and high-quality.

The sides of the exterior of the bag feature elastic pockets, and there is a large elastic pocket on the inside of the bag, as well as a zippered pocket, shown below. The bag also has a back zippered pocket and a front flap. Tons and tons of storage space!

The pdf pattern includes 16 pages of sewing instructions, complete with 33 step-by-step color photos.

Finished Size: 16” long x 12” tall x 5-1/2” deep
1-1/4 yard of light-midweight fabric (quilting cotton, etc.) for the Exterior Fabric
1 yard of light-midweight fabric (quilting cotton, etc.) for the Lining Fabric
1 yard of Secondary Fabric (for inside of pockets and lining side of flap)
2 yards of 20” wide Pellon® SF-101 Shape Flex® fusible woven interfacing (or light-weight fusible interfacing)
3/4 yard of By Annie’s Soft and Stable™, available at local quilt shops or on-line
(Soft and Stable is a 1/8” thick, foam sew-in interfacing; one of my testers also recommends automotive headliner fabric in place of the Soft and Stable; you can also substitute a needled fleece fusible interfacing for the Soft and Stable, such as Pellon #TP971F Thermolam Plus fusible interfacing; Decovil can also be used)
Optional: 14-1/2” x 5” piece of Pellon #70 Peltex sew-in extra-firm interfacing (for a firm bottom)
1 package of (3 yard) double-fold bias tape, 1/2” wide (or make your own)
22” regular zipper
Two 14” regular zippers
1/2” magnetic snap
1-1/4 yard of 3/4” wide braided elastic
Optional: 4 metal purse feet

Here’s a photo of me holding the bag, so you can get a taste of the scale of it. It’s an awesome-sized bag! I have a lot of things to carry around with me next month, so this will be perfect. And no rifling through my bag to find what I am looking for, as there are so many individual compartments.

This bag has purse feet, which are optional, but a nice detail to have. Purse feed are usually sold in bulk and are incredibly cheap, as well as being so simple to insert. I highly recommend them! You will want to put them in all of your structured bags once you give them a try.

And I have to thank all of my testers for taking the time to make their bags and to give me feedback on my instructions. As you can see by the photos below, they have really pulled out all the stops this time and turned in some stellar work. I am just as excited to show you their bags as I am to show you mine!!

Liz from Moments… made this jaw-dropping bag with the extra details, like the hardware on the front flap and the beautiful trim. Wow, this is really impressive, and would go with any outfit!

Samantha of At Home with Mrs. H. made this bag using decorator fabric (leaving the outside pockets off), and topped it off with some leather handles because she wanted to make it more handbaggy. I wish I had such lovely coordinated outfits with my bags! Samantha also writes bag patterns…did you see?

Anna made this gorgeous floral bag for her tester version! Anna says,I couldn’t wait to make this bag, and I have to say I LOVE IT!  I really can’t believe I made it, it looks like a ‘proper’ bag!!” Outstanding and beautiful work, Anna!

Georgi made this picture-perfect bag using Patty Young’s new fabric line for Joann Fabrics, ‘Rendezvous’. I e-mailed Patty a photo of Georgi’s bag, since I knew these fabrics had come out the week that Georgi finished her bag, and Patty was so impressed that she featured the bag on her blog! You can also read more about Georgi’s bag on her own blog.

Pamela fromSovanisa made this absolutely incredible bag for her mother. She added piping to the exterior of the bag, and used webbed handles instead of fabric ones. I really do not have enough good things to say about this, it’s gorgeous!!

Pam of Hip to Be A Square Podcast made her bag using a Denyse Schmidt charm pack. You can read more about her bag here! It’s so lovely in patchwork! It’s funny because when I went in to save the photo, I told my husband to take a look, and he leaned over and said, “It looks like a diaper bag.” Hmmm, really? Really? 🙂

Susan made this bag for her niece, who is having a boy. I think it’s completely adorable! I can see a lot of moms (and kids) being jealous of this bag. Wonderful job and structure to your bag too, Susan!

Sharon of Forget-Me-Not Stitches made her version in a green and blue paisley fabric. It’s really a gorgeous bag, and Sharon’s added a d-ring to the inside zipper to hold keys or a small wallet. Fantastic idea!!

Rebeckah from Handmade by Rebeckah made this cute Paris version, with emphasis on the front flap and straps with the black fabric. Very lovely bag, and you can read more about Rebeckah’s experience testing this pattern right here!

Terry made her bag  using an older Tula Pink fabric. I think the edges and finish of this bag are so crisp and precise, I just love it! That’s the first thing I noticed about it. This is truly beautiful! 

Sarah of Storkologie made this beautiful green and purple patchwork bag. I particularly love that she got the squares on the pocket to line up with the rest of the bag. Wonderful work here Sarah!

Bernie made her bag in a dark blue fabric from, I think, ‘Going Coastal’. I like the white accent stitching on the flap and straps, and I can see that white zipper on top! Beautiful work on this one, Bernie!!

Cindy of Raspberry Sunshine made this bag using repro 30’s fabrics from Joann’s. She randomly pieced them onto muslin pattern pieces; she also said that she used Soft and Stable for the first time and loved it! Smashing Cindy!!

Kelly made her bag with some royal blue Jennifer Paganelli fabric. I think it is absolutely gorgeous, especially with the bird placement on the front pocket! Great job Kelly!

Kelleigh made her bag with V. and Co. fabric. I’m a little amazed at how perfectly the flap, front pocket, and front of the bag are all fussy cut, as that is three different things to coordinate (in addition to the seam allowances). This gorgeous bag is going off to Kelleigh’s friend! 

Norma of Norma’s Clay made this brilliant version in blue, and I have to call your attention to the front pocket here. Norma thought that she might like a bigger front pocket (in order to hold a wipes case), and so she angled the pocket pattern piece down instead of making it curved. I love what she has done here, and it gives the front of the bag a whole new look! Read more about her bag here.

Teresa made her bag in a cute boy-themed car fabric, and used a striped fabric for the side panel and flap on the front pocket. I love seeing the bag in the child-themed fabric, it really gives it the look of the diaper bag! Awesome work on this one, Teresa!!

Ella made her bag in Collage fabrics; this is my favorite print from the line, and I chose to show you the back of Ella’s bag because I thought that the lines of print looked awesome going across the zipper. Super great bag!!

Wendy made this awesome bag with the metal hardware on the front of the flap. She also added d-rings to the sides of the bag so she could add a cross-body strap (not attached in this photo). Brilliant Wendy, I love the fact that you customized your bag!

Angela of Sewing with Squeak made her bag with this adorable animal-themed print. She used a layer of batting and a layer of fusible fleece. I wanted to show the side view of her bag, so chose this photo as the elastic pocket looks very lovely! With 2 little ones under the age of 2, I hope Angela gets some good use from her bag! You can read more about her bag here.

Marta made this awesome bag with a large-scale text print. I’m actually very jealous of this one. Marta said that it took her 7 hours to make, including cutting and sewing. Fantastic work, Marta!

Natasha from Houseful of Nicholes made this gorgeous bag (and finished it first!), and the colors…the cathedral window print…it just screams bright and happy and I love it so much!!

Maria of Beautiful Blooms made this bag with fabric from Riley Blake’s ‘Sublime’ fabric line. I think it turned out amazing, and Maria says it would be great as a carry-on bag! Great job Maria!

Alisha from Crafty Brooklyn Army Wife made this warm-colored bag that is perfect for fall! As always, I am a sucker for a large-scale print, and this is beautiful with these straps! Read more about her bag on her blog!

Holli of Nauti Stitcher made this adorable pin-dot fabric with royal blue straps. Holli told me, “When I sent a picture to my 30-year old daughter (she didn’t know I was testing this) she said:  “Please don’t take offense, Mom, but it looks like a great diaper bag!” – she thought it was meant to be a purse, so I guess I nailed it!” Yes you did, Holli; yes you did!

Fiona made her bag in beautiful text-and-butterfly print fabric! Where is everyone getting these awesome text fabrics from across the pond, cause they are awesome!! She put the cherry on top of her beautiful bag with these bright red straps! Just gorgeous!

Holly made this beautiful bag (that makes me want summer back!!) with some perfectly-chosen aqua fabric with red straps from Denyse Schmidt’s lines from Joann Fabrics. What a great photograph, and a perfect bag!

Maria made this bag with a green floral fabric which she quilted beautifully! I really love the dark green fabric used for the side pockets and the straps. Beautiful work, Maria!

Alyssa made her bag with a beautiful large textured fabric, and look at that fussy cutting! It just makes me crazy how perfect it is! Alyssa said,I’m insanely proud of my design line up.  I know there were some errors in my lining it up, but I really am proud of how your bags make me a better sewer.  I even quilted the outer pocket for some texture.  Can’t wait to bring this to school!!!” ::brings a tear to my eye::

Mona of Mona’s Box (also on Etsy) made this juicy citrus bag. I like how the flap is fussy cut with the front of the pocket, and the orange straps really make it POP! 

Chloe of Deadly Craft made this poppin’ bag with red-backed straps and red trim on the front pocket. She mixed and matched fabrics to make her bag as well, which is creative and I love. 🙂

Becki of Nomadic Sewist made her bag using dyed fabric by Shanna’s Tie Die. The bag is in tribute to a very special person named Heather, whom you can read about on Becki’s blog. Wonderful story, and a beautiful bag!


Hope you enjoyed seeing everyone’s bag! If you liked what you saw, you can find the Aragon Bag pdf sewing pattern right now in my pattern shop!

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