Free Bag Pattern: Arabesque Bag

Hello there and thanks for stopping by! Today, I have a surprise (hey, it was a surprise to me too) FREE bag sewing pattern. I haven’t written a bag pattern that I can share since my Bag of the Month Club pattern last month. I am always so freakishly obsessed with writing patterns with tons of detailing (flap pockets, panels, hardware, etc.), that I thought…why not write a fun and quick pattern that is also appropriate for a confident beginner? This pattern can be sewn up in about 3 hours and has only 1 pattern piece to print out.

If you have any difficulty downloading the pattern, you can also find it available on Craftsy here.

I got some beautiful grosgrain ribbons from Renaissance Ribbons. The ribbons I used in my bags were all designed by Tula Pink and available at I Heart Tula Pink, as well as at your local quilt shop. These are the most intricate ribbons that I have ever seen, and the colors and detail on them are stunning. I used ribbons in three different widths: 1-1/2″, 7/8″, and 5/8″. It’s a really great and useful variety of sizes.

Fabrics used in the bags are also all by Tula Pink, and I used several different coordinating colors of Aurifil thread to topstitch the ribbons and make the bags. My yummy bright zippers were purchased at Zipit on Etsy.

As I mentioned, this is a beginner-friendly pattern. It has a top-zip closure, and two topstitched pockets on the inside of the bag. The bag is only front/back (no sides), so that’s why it goes together quickly and easily. There are bottom gussets, which give it a 4″ depth. Adding the ribbons is optional, but I do give direction in the pattern on how and when to attach them, in case you do want to use them in your bag.

Finished Size: 13” long x 10” tall x 4” deep
1/2 yard of Exterior Fabric
1 yard of fabric for lining and straps
1-2/3 yards of 20” wide Pellon® SF-101 Shape Flex® fusible woven interfacing (or light-weight fusible interfacing)
1/2 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)
14” regular zipper

Optional: Various grosgrain ribbons, each piece 18” long (I used Renaissance Ribbons in sizes 5/8” wide, 7/8” wide, and 1-1/2” wide); I also used two pieces of ribbon, each 30” long, for on top of the Straps

 I hope you like this bag! I am thinking of making another one tonight in patchwork. It would also be great in your favorite quilt block, as you can spend a long time on a really intricate block, and then quickly plow through the bag. 😉

43 thoughts on “Free Bag Pattern: Arabesque Bag

  1. Love the cute birds and the bees bag. Pink is definitely my color. Hopefully this bag will be simple enough for me to make. I can do zippers so I am halfway there.

  2. Although not as much.detailing as your other patterns, this is nothing short of wonderful! Those ribbons and the one on the strap (hadn’t though of before) really makes the bag!!

  3. Great one for beginners, and everyone else! Those ribbons are fabulous! I will need to look out for them over here… oh, no….. don’t tell me I need to go to a few fabric stores…. I’m always prepared to take one for the team! Great design again, and thank you for the share Sara! Cheers.

  4. I made the Vera Bradly bag for the first time, the directions were excellent, I had no trouble following them at all. Thank you very much. I will make another one with a little more embellishment on it. Claire

  5. These look better than store bought! You are an excellent seamstress, I admire your talent, Wish I could sew a straight seam like you! :)

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