The Colby Bag – POTM

Great bag for beginners.  THe hardware makes it look smart and trendy but it's still an easy to sew purse

The pattern of the month for May is the Colby Bag. A versatile purse with hardware and strap options and a design which is great to showcase a large scale print.  Suitable for beginners, this easy bag won’t take you long to sew.

Features:

  • Shiny grommets and hardware bring you bang up to date with this year’s ‘metallics’ trend
  • Two straps – make one, the other or both
  • Shorter fixed shoulder strap
  • Longer removable cross-body strap
  • Simple construction
  • No pattern pieces to print
  • Two simple slip pockets inside
  • Finished size 11 ½” x 13”

Pattern rating = Beginner

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Buy the Colby Bag Pattern

Sewers of all levels with love the Colby Bag.

You can download the pattern from my design account on Craftsy.  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.

Great bag for beginners.  THe hardware makes it look smart and trendy but it's still an easy to sew purse

Materials needed for the Colby Bag:

  • Main Bag – ½ yard quilting cotton or similar
  • Cuff, Lining and Straps – 1 ¼ yard
  • Pellon Fusible Fleece 45” wide – ¾ yard
  • Coordinating Thread
  • Magnetic Purse Clasp
  • 4 x large Grommets – 1.5 inches or 1.75 inches
  • 2 x round Gate Rings – 1.5 inches (make sure to get the ones that open)
  • 2 x Swivel Clasp – 1.25 inches

Buy the hardware kit

You can buy a complete Colby Bag hardware kit on Etsy (seller sends worldwide)

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COLBY BAG HARDWARE KIT

 

Great bag for beginners.  THe hardware makes it look smart and trendy but it's still an easy to sew purse

Our testers put this pattern through its paces for various different looks:

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Diane D – I love grommets so this bag appealed to me right away. I loved the way it turned out! I used upholstery fabric for the main part and quilting cotton for the cuff. Very easy to do!

Sarah – It looked like it was going to be a quick, easy and fun project. It required some hardware that I was not familiar with using. I liked the option to carry it across the body or on the shoulder and the pleat gave it a bit of a femine feel.

Ruth – I skipped the hardware and sewed my strap directly into the top of the bag.  I was using the same fabric top and bottom, so for a bit of contrast, I added a narrow piping between the top and bottom of the bag.  This was a fun, well-made bag that went together quickly. I would definitely make it again – maybe a little bit larger and I would also add a fabric tab with D-ring to the interior for my keys.

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Diane of Two Chicklets – I liked the bag because of the fabrics you used and the way the hardware looks on it. I thought it was going to turn out bigger.  I used a slightly larger curtain grommet.

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Theresa at the DIY page – Cute bag, very easy. The grommets give it a modern look, it’s a bag a beginner can make and still get professional looking results.  I used a heavier weight home decor fabric for my bag, and some cool purple caribiners for an edgy look!

Linda – I really like the look of the purse when I first saw it. I love the look of the grommets making the purse looked polished. I like the fact that you have the option of making it cross body or wear it on your shoulder depending on your own preferences. The fact that it is 2 colors, makes it even easier to make it our own. Great size.  I didn’t have any hardware on how but this sews up easily without it for another option.

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Buy the Colby Bag Pattern

Sewers of all levels with love the Colby Bag.

You can download the pattern from my design account on Craftsy.  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.

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