Free Bag Pattern – the Ruffled and Ready Bag

Easy to sew free bag pattern. The frame can be removed to use in other bags too so you can make lots of different covers and swap them out.Do you remember the Made in a Snap Bag pattern? It’s a cute little purse but it is small, designed as a bag for your essentials. What if you need a little more room, have a lot of ‘essentials’ or just prefer something in a different style? Well, the purse frame on the Made in a Snap Bag is completely removable, so it makes great sense to make several covers in different styles and fabrics.

I've never seen this type of easy bag pattern before. Love those handles!

Here is the Ruffled and Ready Bag using exactly the same purse frame – looks completely different and has a flat bottom with more volume so you can carry more ‘stuff’. Good news – its simple to sew.  No closures, zips, snaps etc – just sew the fabric bag and slide in the frame.  The frame snaps closed and has a place to even add a chain or strap if you want to.

Easy to sew free bag pattern. The frame can be removed to use in other bags too so you can make lots of different covers and swap them out.

Easy to sew free bag pattern. The frame can be removed to use in other bags too so you can make lots of different covers and swap them out.

Materials you will need:

  • Outer fabric and lining fabric – a piece 11 inches tall by 33 inches wide for each, more for pattern matching/pockets
  • Matching threads
  • 6 inch half-round purse frame
  • Interfacing and fusible fleece of your choice
  • Fabric marker – erasable such as this heat-erasable Frixion Pen
  • The pattern pieces – download below

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Download the free pattern for the Ruffled and Ready Bag

You can download the pattern from my design account on Craftsy.  Add it to your cart and check out - it's free.  The pattern will be saved in your Pattern Library safely until you are ready to sew, then you can download and print it at any time.

Easy to sew free bag pattern. The frame can be removed to use in other bags too so you can make lots of different covers and swap them out.

How to sew the Ruffled and Ready free bag pattern

Use your pattern piece to cut 4 pieces of fabric.  Two outer and 2 lining pieces.  Remember to place the pattern piece on the fold to cut.

Add a fusible interfacing of your choice depending on what you have available, or how sturdy you want your bag to be.  I used a very lightweight interfacing on my lining fabric, then a stiffer interfacing plus the fusible fleece on the outer fabric.

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If adding the fusible fleece, only add this to the lower portion of the bag, as show in the photo as you want the top to remain flexible to make it easier to fit to the frame.

If you want to add any internal pockets, cut some additional fabric for this.  The size will depend on what you want to carry.  You can follow this tutorial on how to sew a simple slip pocket for your bag.  My pocket is sized perfectly for my (old fashioned) phone, a pen and my notepad.

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Match up one outer piece with one lining piece, right sides together, and pin along the top edge.

See where I have marked on the approximate stitching lines in this picture?  We need to stitch from the pointy part over on one side all the way across, up, over the top and down the other side BUT leaving an area NOT stitched on each side, between where the dotted lines are printed on your pattern.  Where I have marked the X, leave a gap unsewn for about a 1/2 inch on each side.  Use a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

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This gap is where the casing for our purse frame will be later on.  Repeat this for both pieces of fabric.

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Trim the top corners and notch the lower corners on both sides and for both pieces.  This will help us get nice crisp corners when we turn the cover the right way out later on.

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Now match both sides of the bag together, matching outer right sides together, lining right sides together and making sure the seams where the outer meet the lining are matching on each side.  Pin all the way around.  Stitch all the way around the outside leaving a gap of 5 inches or so in the bottom of the lining so you can turn the bag right side out.  Use a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

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Now it’s time to add volume and a flat bottom to our bag by boxing the corners.  If this is new to you, you can watch a helpful video here on 3 Methods to Box the Corners on a Bag.  Open out the squares cut in the bottom of the bag and note the bottom and sideseams.  These need to match.

Easy to sew free bag pattern. The frame can be removed to use in other bags too so you can make lots of different covers and swap them out.

Match the bottom seam to the side seam and pin in place.  When you sew, you will want to press one seam allowance to one side, and the other seam allowance the other way to avoid a bulky seam.  Use a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Easy to sew free bag pattern. The frame can be removed to use in other bags too so you can make lots of different covers and swap them out.

Repeat this step for all 4 corners – the two in the bag outer and in the lining as well.

Pressing

Turn the bag the right way out and close the gap in the bottom of the lining by hand or by machine.  Give it a good press and pay attention around the top of the bag inside and out to get a neat edge as you press.

Easy to sew free bag pattern. The frame can be removed to use in other bags too so you can make lots of different covers and swap them out.

Top stitch around the entire top of the bag EXCEPT for the 1/2 inch you need to leave unsewn on the side for the purse frame casing.  Leave a space unsewn on all 4 sides to allow the purse frame to slide through.

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Use your erasable fabric marker to draw a line down from the edge of the top of the bag at 1.5 inches and then another line parallel a quarter of an inch under that first one.  This will be where the casing will fall for your frame.  Check that it lines up with the gap you left when top stitching!

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The bag should look like this with the two lines straight across on each side.  These will be your stitching lines to create the casing.

Easy to sew free bag pattern. The frame can be removed to use in other bags too so you can make lots of different covers and swap them out.

This is what it should look like when both lines are sewn. This narrow channel is open on each end.

Easy to sew free bag pattern. The frame can be removed to use in other bags too so you can make lots of different covers and swap them out.

Unscrew the little nut from the end of the bar and pull it out.  Then the bar goes through the first ring on the side of the frame and then through the casing in your bag.  It should be reasonably snug and you’ll need to gather the fabric a little as you go.

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Once the bar comes out the other side, thread it through the hole in the frame and then add the nut back on.  That one side is finished.  Repeat exactly the same to add the bar to the other side of the bag and through the casing.  Adjust your gathers and now your Ruffled and Ready bag is completed!

Easy to sew free bag pattern. The frame can be removed to use in other bags too so you can make lots of different covers and swap them out.

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Easy to sew free bag pattern. The frame can be removed to use in other bags too so you can make lots of different covers and swap them out.

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20 Responses to Free Bag Pattern – the Ruffled and Ready Bag

  1. Brenda says:

    Hi Mayra, Love this pattern but would like to see a video tutorial for it

  2. Liz says:

    Hello Deby,
    I’ve made a couple of these bags. What a great pattern – thank you. I have a question. Either I am cutting incorrectly, or the bottom box does not match up. It seems the top of the box measures at 1.5″ when cut, but the bottom (or side) of the box measures at 1 7/8″ when cut. I can’t get the seams to match up when sewing. Am I missing something here, or are the seam allowances supposed to be different for the sides and bottom of the bag? Thank you.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      That is strange, you write you have made a couple of this bags, have you always had this problem? Where did you downloaded the pattern from? let us know and will have a look, perhaps we need to amend the pattern. Thank you, looking forward to hearing from you soon.

      • Liz says:

        Hello Mayra,
        Yes, the issue was with every bag because the pattern I printed didn’t have equal length to the box bottom. I got the pattern from Craftsy. What I did for my pattern, when it printed out, was to trim the bottom part so that it’s box bottom depth matched the side depth. I think I trimmed it to 1.5″ Does that make sense?

        Thank you..Liz

        • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

          Thank you Liz, I check the pattern and amend it. Thank you for taking the time to send your feedback!
          Best Regards,
          Mayra

  3. JUDY says:

    Hi Deby, I was wondering if the instructions for the Ruffled & Ready bag can be downloaded as a PDF?

    • The download for this one is only the pattern. I’ve had a LOT of trouble with people stealing my content and patterns and putting them on their websites, or even selling the pattern PDF files over and over again, so to try to protect the content, for the free patterns, many of them will just be the pattern file going forward and the instructions will remain on the website here. Sorry, I wish I didn’t have to do this but there are so many dishonest people out there. You can select the blog article content and copy it across to a Word Document on your own computer to save it and read offline.

  4. Very nice bag and very nice tutorial. Suuuper.
    Bernsteinchen

  5. Ruth says:

    Beautiful design…. really cute.

    I remembered you telling us about this seller before and contacted them to see whether they would ship to Jamaica. Oddly enough, they said no. :-/

  6. Gail Beam says:

    Loved your tutorial with your detailed pictures and easy to understand written instructions. This is a really neat pattern. Thank you! Your green fingernail polish adds some fun to your tutorial! I am always buying fun and funky fingernail polish and fingernail decorations for my granddaughter. They have some really neat fingernail add ons by Sally Hansen and others to decorate the nails with. Glitter, tiny balls, outline pens and stick ons are just some of the fun and funky fingernail items available! My granddaughter painted volleyballs on her nails as she plays volleyball for her high school.
    Gail

  7. Helen Marshall says:

    The clicking sound you hear is me drumming my fingernails on the table waiting for the frames to arrive. They been ordered for 15 minutes so far. Love the bag.

  8. Deby,I loved this bag post so much I shared it on my Facebook page. I have enjoyed reading your blog and watching you grow in your sewing skills. Also the fact that your fingernail polish matched your fabric made me smile.

  9. Pretty!! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for later this morning that links to your pattern: http://sewing.craftgossip.com/free-pattern-ruffled-and-ready-bag/2015/01/24/
    –Anne

  10. A very clever design, Deby!!!

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