Buttercup Bag – the perfect bag pattern?

One of the most popular free sewing patterns on the web is the Buttercup Bag by Made by Rae.  And for good reason.

You can make a really cute bag using just a fat quarter of fabric, and some lining fabric.

Buttercup bag in corduroyWhat is a fat quarter?

A fat quarter is what you would get if you took a regular one yard cut of fabric and cut it in half both length-ways and width-ways to make 4 nearly square pieces.  Commonly used with pretty printed cotton fabrics for quilting and crafting, if the fabric is 44 inches wide and 36 inches long in a yard, then a fat quarter measures 22 inches by 18 inches.  It is an economical way to buy a more expensive fabric and perfect for making quilting patterns, or for small crafting items like this bag where the rest of the fabric would perhaps go to waste.

And the Buttercup bag pattern has been drafted with this in mind to use a fat quarter of fabric to the best effect.

Buttercup bagYou can download the pattern for free from the Made by Rae site, for personal use.  If you've never had a go at sewing a bag before, the pattern is a very good one with easy to follow clear instructions and I recommend giving this one a try.

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I love these bags and so much so that I make and sell them in my Etsy store – Print or Plain.  But do be aware, that the pattern download is for personal use only unless you buy the additional licence that allows you to make the bags for sale. If you chose to download this pattern, please respect the licence agreement and pay the small fee if you plan to sell the finished item.

Buttercup Bag

If you fancy the bag, but can't or don't sew, then do drop by Print or Plain to take a look at some of the designs I have in stock and one could be on its way to you soon.
Authored by: Deby at So Sew Easy

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40 Responses to Buttercup Bag – the perfect bag pattern?

  1. Shelly Maple says:

    I get so many complements on this bag!

  2. Cynthia says:

    Thanks.Going to make it for sure..

  3. Marjorie says:

    Do you happen to know what fabric you used for the top one? (The purple paisley one.) It’s gorgeous!

  4. Ana Lopes says:

    Super cute bag! Thanks so much for sharing!
    Have a wonderful week!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  5. Michelle Day says:

    Love this bag! I guess it’s time to dust off the sewing machine and get to work. I will definitely give this one a try. Thanks for sharing at Tasty Creations link party. Have a great weekend.

  6. Natalie Buehler (@Marigoldsloft) says:

    Love this bag, so cute!
    This was the most visited link this week and as such I will be featuring your post tomorrow on Tutorial Thursdays Linky Party.

  7. Jenn says:

    Beautiful bag–love the patterned fabric! I will have to try this one–

    Planting Daffodils

  8. Julia says:

    Hi! Love your purse and pattern! Just stopping by to let you know you’ve been featured on my Finding Friday Favorite Finds. Be sure to swing by and grab my featured button; you deserve it!


    It’s Always Ruetten

  9. Meg says:

    I am definitely going to try out this pattern!

  10. emily says:

    very cute purse! Thanks for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays and for the link back :o) Can’t wait to see what you bring next week. Emily @ Nap-Time Creations
    oh, and I just posted looking for some help with my blog… maybe you can offer some advice?

    • Deby Coles says:

      Ah, was it you from before Emily? I knew I had promised a review to someone and then I got sidetracked and could not remember who it was! I’ll take a look and drop you an email.

  11. 2Momma2 says:

    This is a great bag! And I love the first pattern.

  12. Very cute! Love it! Will have to give this bag a try! Thanks for sharing! 🙂 Christine 🙂

  13. This bag is super cute. I just started sewing in January and fell in love with bags. This looks like a fun one! Thanks for sharing. I saw this post at the Hope Studios Link Party. I posted on H.S. too.

  14. Home Coming says:

    Great purses! I’d love if you’d like up to The DIY’ers: http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-diyers-and-some-favorites.html

  15. AmandaK@whatthebobbin.com says:

    Such a cute bag!

  16. kristascookin says:

    I love this bag! The fabric is fabulous and I really like the pleating. Krista @ A Handful of Everything

  17. Thank you for this adorable pattern, I like a bag held close to me, and I like having different ones to match my outfits! Love your Buttercup Bag! Linda

  18. Jennifer says:

    This purse is so cute! I love the patterns of the first two, but in the solid color fabrics the purse is also lovely! I am going to have fun with this pattern! Thank you so much for sharing!

  19. Very cute bags!I love the idea a have diferent colors bags for every outfit!

  20. checkerberrylane says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful pattern!! I would love to make these to give as gifts to my Mom and Aunt…thanks again!

  21. Kate Rigby (@mrsdiggerhound) says:

    Yes thanks for sharing. I made my first bag the other week. I’m all for easy patterns and cute bags! I shall definitely be making myself a buttercup bag.

    Over from the Sew crafty linky 🙂


  22. The bags are so cute! Love the design and the fabircs you chose.
    Have a Lovely Day,
    Pieced Pastimes

  23. The bags are so cute! Love the design and the fabircs you chose.
    Have a Lovely Day,

  24. titicrafty says:

    I really love those bags! All of them! nice share!

    Hope you are having a lovely day

    Cami @ TitiCrafty by Camila

  25. Leslie (@VioletImperfect) says:

    I love this bag, so cute and practical carry.

    Thank you for linking up to Raising Imperfection!
    Make sure to check back on Friday to see if you were featured.

  26. Leslie (@VioletImperfect) says:

    Oh I love the bag, it is cute and looks very practical to carry around.

  27. Lanaya says:

    These purses remind me of my aunt. She always had buttercup bags!

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. 🙂

    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo

  28. Michelle says:

    I just found your bag on the Sew Darn Crafty Linky page.Thank you for graciously allowing us to use your pattern. I see lots of Christmas presents in my future.

  29. Wow….!!!!!!!!Thanks for sharing such a beautiful idea.

  30. Hi Deby, I’m at risk of double posting, LOL…but it looks as though my previous comment got swallowed up by the blogosphere. I love your colourful handbags, and I also really appreciate the link to the free pattern. Thank you.

    Sue xo

  31. Hi Deby, I am visiting via Justine’s linky party. I love your bag, and how fantastic that the pattern is available free on the web. Thanks for the link. Not being much of a quilter, I was always curious what a fat quarter was.

    Sue xo

  32. Jessica @ A Humble Creation says:

    Beautiful! I think I’ll make one this weekend to use up some of my FQ collection. Found you through Diana’s Pin Me party!

  33. Heidi says:

    I’ve been wanting to try making a bag, this may just be the one for my first try. Thank you!

  34. Helle says:

    Wow, these bags are just amazing. I absolutely adore them.

  35. Clare says:

    When I saw your link on a linky party I just had to click through as the bag looked so cute! I’ve just bought some material which is just asking to be made into one of these! Thanks for the link!

  36. Ana says:

    I love the bags! Thanks for sharing yours and the link back to the pattern at Made By Rae.

  37. Jann Newton says:

    Very cute bag Deby. Love the print fabric. Great job!

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