The Boxy Bag Pattern and kits

Boxy Bag PatternYou know that I love to design sewing patterns, and I usually then upload them to Craftsy so you can all download the pattern for free to use along with the instructions that I post on the site here. A lot of work goes on behind the scenes to make that happen.

My latest pattern, the Wrap Dress, was nearly a full weeks work.  From the design stages, through pattern grading, drawing the pattern and scanning it, adjusting the pattern, making up 2 or 3 tests and then a final dress, taking step by step photos along the way, getting my husband to take photos of the finished dress and writing the instructions and the post, then uploading and publicising the pattern. Pretty much a solid 6 days work.

My husband questioned why I did all this for free. Where else would I work for free for 6 days, spend out money on my materials, to then give away what I had made? He's right of course, but I do it because I love it, and I love to get all the comments and thanks from you all.

However, the outrageous cost of living isn't getting any easier here and if I could make a little extra from some pattern sales, that would be very welcome.  So while I will still work on free patterns and tutorials for you, I am also working on a range of patterns for sale.  It will take me a while to build up what you might call ‘a range of patterns' because of the days of work it takes to get to the final product -but today I am releasing my first one.  Introducing THE BOXY BAG PATTERN.

The Boxy Bag Pattern. Great for a lunch box, cosmetics or toiletries bag, mini holdall for the beach, traveling and more. Soft and padded but sturdy. From So Sew Easy.

This great little bag is perfect for:

  • Taking your lunch to work
  • Taking a few things to the beach, a book, sun cream, phone etc
  • A cosmetics bag
  • A travel bag – padded to keep things safe while travelling
  • A toiletries bag for the bathroom or a weekend away
  • A camera bag or for carrying your Kindle etc
  • A lunch bag for the kids to take to school
  • A mini cooler bag – line it with an insulated lining
  • A hobby bag – carry your paints, knitting, crafting tools with you
  • and lots more uses

The Boxy Bag Pattern. Great for a lunch box, cosmetics or toiletries bag, mini holdall for the beach, traveling and more. Soft and padded but sturdy. From So Sew Easy.

The approximate finished measurements are:

  • Length -7.5 inches
  • Width – 4.5 inches
  • Height – 5 inches

Buy the Boxy Bag Pattern

You can buy the pattern from my account on Craftsy.  It then is kept safely in your pattern library until you are ready to sew, then you can download and print it at any time.

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Buy the Boxy Bag Pattern on Craftsy

Buy the Boxy Bag PDF sewing pattern with full step by step photo instructions.

Boxy Bag kits also available from the Print or Plain Etsy shop.

 So, what's next?

It pretty much makes sense to me that the patterns that will sell the best are the ones that are most in demand, and at the right price.  Therefore, I'm really interested to know from you:

  • what sort of patterns would you buy?
  • what sort of patterns would you ideally like to see?
  • should all patterns be the same price, and what price range?
  • must a ‘for sale' pattern be digitally drawn or is hand drawn acceptable like my current range of free patterns?
  • any other comments and suggestions?

Do leave me a comment below.  I'm interested to know what you think and your input will help me develop my pattern range and my business.

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38 Responses to The Boxy Bag Pattern and kits

  1. Pattie Capers says:

    I hope this is the right website for your business. I came upon it thru my Pinterest and love all you patterns,I will be purchasing some as soon as I get a start with my classes for fashion design. My schedule is in progress but time is short but I will be sending you pictures of them as I finish

    • So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Pattie, welcome to the site and thanks for your note. Please be sure to sign up for the email newsletter which will keep you updated on all the new patterns and other fun sewing stuff we write about on the site. You can find the signup on the righthand column of the home page. You’ll also get an intro series of emails that will show you all the other free sewing resources that are available through our site. Kind regards and happy sewing!

  2. Patsy pool says:

    I tried a lot of sites for this bag and no one would give me all of the information I could get the sewing information but not the pattern. Or I got the pattern but not the cutting and sewing information. I must say yours is pretty good except for the pattern. I was able to print every thing which was great with one problem. My printer set up will not print the pattern unless it shrinks it. I do not have the capability to set it at the actual size so I am stuck not knowing how to resize the pattern. You do not indicate the measurements of the bag. It is 14 by 11 block but how many inches are the tabs suppose to be. I had really hoped this would solve the problems I have been having.

  3. Cathy Ashworth says:

    I am not a fan of PDF patterns even though I know they are less expensive or free, which is very nice, then paper patterns I just do not care for them. Love your website because of my love of small projects that can be within a day. Since I am a beginner these small projects appeal to me much more. Maybe in time when I become more experienced I might actually fall in love with PDF patterns.

  4. Joan Wells says:

    Can somebody please tell me how to put together the BOXY BAG pattern, it does not tell you in the instructions and is not particularly obvious.
    Thank you.
    Joan Wells.

  5. Cynthia Willis says:

    I was drawn to this bag shape as I was thinking about all the people now looking for a bag to hold their Instant Pots (electric pressure cookers) for pot lucks or travel. I think this would be perfect to carry it in, and a few accessory pieces. Guess I need to try it and see. Great site!

  6. amcclure2014 says:

    I like this bag. I reckon it would make a great camera bag for my husband, in leather, in custom size.
    I recently saw a review of a great quilted large cutting mat carrying bag (on PR). It came from a book which I cannot source without huge shipping costs. It also has ruler carrier etc. I loved it. I would pay for that, certainly! I don’t care if digitised or not, just need sizes and instructions worked out.

  7. Lyn Dines says:

    LOVE IT! Was thinking recently that I need to make a bag for my sewing machine as had to take to my daughter’s to make a Dr Who jacket this week! Your bag is the right shape, wrong size – so guess would make a great base to work from! THANK YOU.

  8. Becki Lewis says:

    I purchased the Boxy Bag Tutorial from Craftsy…and when printing the PDF file the templates come out on multiple pages. I match the dots to connect them, and maybe it’s user error, but the pattern says the top pieces are 14 x 12…the templates are not that size. Do I need to enlarge the templates to arrive at the 14 x 12 inch size? I’m sometimes virtually challenged when it comes to visualizing the instructions….

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Becki, sorry for the late reply, there is a square test in the pattern, please print this page and adjust your printer until it matches the dimensions given, let me know how you go. If you need any more help please drop me a line at
      Best Regards,

      • Janet says:

        I have this same problem with all of the PDF patterns. I found that if I print it out at 104% it is the correct scale. I always check my printed PDF patterns with the square or line that states yours should measure a certain size or length. This works well for me.

  9. Sandra P. says:

    This pattern is great, I adjusted it to be a little bit bigger/taller. I modified the straps also, stitched them to the main fabric.

  10. jecdesigns says:

    I like your dress patterns very much and I am happy to make a purchase for this one. You always pick just the right patterns for your body shape, and unfortunately, I don’t think those patterns do justice to my figure, however, I do enjoy watching you model them. I love free patterns, and use them all the time if it’s something I want to make, but I am also willing to pay for patterns that are not overly-priced. I was surprised to see that this one was priced so budget friendly. I love making bags and hope to see more from you. I also prefer the digital patterns because I believe if something comes up that you don’t understand that is written, a video easily explains the details. Keep up the GREAT work!

  11. Dayne says:

    Thank you so much for this pattern.

  12. Michelle says:

    Thank you so much for this pattern. I am just a beginner and I found this pattern so easy to follow. Look forward to many more of your patterns

  13. Dheen says:

    So cute bag..And your kit so lovely color to have. Thank you for inspiring!

  14. rfnancy says:

    On one of your other Bags a Tester quoted ‘Not for the Beginner’. How is this one rated? I am a advanced Beginner, and have zippers put in for me because the thought of putting one in sends me over the Moon! *smile* I will also be increasing the size. Your response would be most helpful!!
    Thanks, Nancy

    • Deby Coles says:

      You should be fine with this one Nancy. It’s really not difficult at all. But of course you will need to add a zipper. I suggest trying out the zipper part of the tutorial on some scraps of fabric with a basting stitch so you can easily remove it and get the zipper out to try again. You might find the cosmetics bag video useful – this shows more on how to add the zipper to a bag. But of course if you really don’t want to sew in a zipper, then you’ll have to pass or get someone to help you with it.

  15. smacki01 says:

    can you make a bag like this but bigger? I would like to carry more than lunch when I travel and this bag is too small.

    • Deby Coles says:

      It’s easy to increase the size of this bag yourself. The pattern comes in a single sheet especially for this reason. If you want to make it this size, you set it to print at 100% – straightforward. If you want to make it 50% bigger, you set scaling to 150%. If you want it twice as big, set print scaling to 200%. The pattern pieces increase in scale according to how you want it, and will print automatically. I’ve seen it both much larger and a little smaller – take a look here for a couple of examples –

  16. Amanda Hajja says:

    I’m a beginner when it comes to machine sewing, so I enjoy patterns that are simple and pretty. I also like bag patterns more so then clothing. (I find it is more expensive to make your own clothes) I would love to see a messenger/diaper bag pattern!
    I am not very willing to spend a lot on patterns, because there are so many free patterns out there. If it is a pattern I like very much I would pay five dollars. As for digital or not I don’t think there is a big difference as long as there is a video to accompany the pattern. (like the make-up bag.)

  17. Robin says:

    Hi, I just love this little boxy bag. I can’t buy patterns due to current situation but have a room full of fabric to play with. I think your price is reasonable and I’d think you would make great pattern sales.

    Anytime you need a pattern tester just let me know, I’m a good seamstress with lots of time and materials at my disposal.

    • Deby Coles says:

      I’ll certainly keep your details Robin, thanks for offering. In the meantime, I hope I can offer you some great patterns on the site, or in links to other great sites, so you can make use of your time and fabric. Two things I wish I had more of!

  18. geni says:

    Well, I finally got to use your kit and pattern for this really simple bag. I enjoyed making it and made a couple of additions, but all in all I like your pattern. I added some notes.suggestions to the Tutorial pdf if you are interested in how the instructions worked for one of your customer sewists. 🙂 Great job Deby! Love my bag, actually I am giving it to my sister for her lunches at work. She will definately get some good use out of it.
    Do you have a place where your customers can post pics of the projects they have completed from your pattern line?

    • Deby Coles says:

      Hi Geni – I’d certainly like to see your notes and additions. Its hard to write instructions when you know already how it should go! I don’t have anywhere separate for readers projects – I keep asking but I never get any! I know there are people out there sewing my patterns, but they are such a shy bunch! Do send me over a picture in an email along with your notes and I’ll put something together. Thanks for trying out the pattern.

  19. Ninochka Hsu says:

    Love the giraffe/leopard print bag!
    I am so ready to make a lunch bag for my son!!

    • Deby Coles says:

      You can buy the Boxy Bag kit in my shop which includes the exact same fabrics to make the animal print bag. When you buy the kit, the pattern comes free. That’s a pretty good deal I think! Works out cheaper than having to source all the bits and pieces, interfacing, fleece etc yourself. Enjoy!

  20. Heike Holder says:

    Can you offer the bag pattern in a size suitable for shoes?

    • Deby Coles says:

      Hi Heike. Actually the pattern for the bag is really simple. You could easily upgrade the pattern to any size. If you take your shoes, measure how large the bag would need to be, then look at the finished measurements for the bag as it is and just add some extra length and height to the center of the pattern pieces to up-size it.

  21. Carissa says:

    Cute bag! Thanks for sharing! I’d like to make one for myself 🙂 Enjoy your evening!

    Lillies & Silk

  22. Geni says:

    what sort of patterns would you buy?
    what sort of patterns would you ideally like to see?
    should all patterns be the same price, and what price range? It really depends on the pattern and if it were to be unique and/or not something one can get for free that is similar. $2 – $8
    must a ‘for sale’ pattern be digitally drawn or is hand drawn acceptable like my current range of free patterns? Digital would be nice if paying for it 🙂
    any other comments and suggestions? Do you have testers? And if not, but interested….I would LOVE to be one of your first. It’s way you can get direct feedback from those of us who buy patterns online. I am an experienced sewist, like you, and learn all the time. I aml by no means an expert! Let me know…. My email is or

    • Deby Coles says:

      Hi Geni and thanks for your comments, your feedback is really useful. At the moment, the digitising of the patterns is my challenge. I have no idea how to do it for something I would usually hand draw and then cut up into several sheets! And getting someone to do it is quite expensive even for a simple pattern, I would have to sell a LOT of patterns just to cover the cost of having it drawn. It’s a dilemma! If I need any pattern tester for the future, or feedback on my patterns and instructions, I’ll certainly be glad to get in touch with you. Thank you for the offer.

  23. AmandaK@whatthebobbin says:

    Cute bag!

  24. Kristina says:

    So pretty love how they came out!

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