Tortoise Bag

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 1 customer rating
(1 customer review)


This stylish bag features a unique top zip closure and front handles and side strap. Available in 3 different size options, this bowling-style bag will be some major arm candy in your favorite fabrics!

Click here to read more details about this sewing pattern, and to see photos of all the tester bags!

Finished Size:

  • small 9” long x 9” high x 5” deep                                        (23cm x 23cm x 12.7cm)
  • medium 11-1/2” long x 8-1/2” high x 6-1/4” deep          (29cm x 21.6cm x 16cm)
  • large 13” long x 11” high x 7” deep                                      (33cm x 28cm x 18cm)



  • 3/4 yard (0.7 metre) of Exterior Fabric
  • 3/4 yard (0.7 metre) of Lining Fabric
  • 1/2 yard (0.5 metre) of solid fabric (quilting cotton or leather) for piping, handles, and strap
  • 1/2 yard (0.5 metre) of foam interfacing (By Annie’s Soft and Stable, Pellon Flex Foam, Bosal In-R-Form, or automotive headliner; if using Flex Foam, it is only 20” wide so please purchase double)
  • 2-1/2 yards (2.25 metre) of 20” wide Pellon SF-101 Shape Flex fusible woven interfacing (medium-weight fusible)
  • 1/4 yard (0.25 metre) of Pellon Peltex #71F one-sided fusible ultra-firm interfacing
  • Four 1” metal rectangles
  • Two triangle rings (or substitute d-rings) with 1” opening (2.5cm)
  • Two swivel clips with 1” opening (2.5cm)
  • One 9” (22.85cm) zipper for zippered pocket in lining
  • Two #3 All-Purpose Zippers (same color) – small – 14” (35.5cm)        medium – 18” (45.75cm)     large – 18” (45.75cm)
    *It is vital to use a #3 zipper (skirt/dress zipper) here for this design. Do not use metal zippers.
  • Optional false bottom:1 sheet ultra stiff plastic cross stitch template and foam core board (in school supply section)
    For optional piping:
  • 5/32” cotton cording (I use Dritz Cable Cord) – (small – 1-1/4 yard; medium – 1-1/2 yard; large – 2 yards) (1.10 metre- 1.4 metre – 1.8 metre)
  • 2 yards (1.8 metre) of 1/2” (1.27cm) wide Pellon Wonder Under fusible web tape (or washable glue stick)

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Additional information

Weight 3 oz
Dimensions 6 x 9 x .5 in

1 review for Tortoise Bag

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Beautiful bag, and a very-easy-to-follow pattern. I’m almost finished with mine, and I can’t wait to start another. One thing – making this bag is like making luggage. That’s not a bad thing; it’s not hard, just detailed. The construction is nice and sturdy, and this bag should hold up for a good long time. (I highly recommend using automotive headliner for the foam underlining. It’s easier to sew through than any of the quilting foams I’ve tried. Only problem is, it’s hard to find white, so choose fabrics where the headliner color won’t show through.)

    Love it, love it, love it. Thanks, Sara!

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