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.

Find the pattern 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. 😉

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