Carry everything you need and stay hands-free with this handy Cross Body Bag pattern. Go fancy with smart hardware and adjustable strap, or keep it simple without these optional extras.
With both open and zipper pockets front and back, inside and outside, you can keep everything organised and in its place. Roomy enough to carry a tablet but smart enough to use as a purse.
As usual, the step by step video will show you how to get a great finish in easy steps, and all the options you can consider along the way. The video here just gives you an overview of the bag. If you go for the pattern, there is a full 30-minute step by step video to show you how to sew it and which discusses the options you can pick.
Finished size, approx. 10 inches wide, by 11.5 inches tall, by 2 inches deep, plus strap.
Pattern rating = Intermediate
Let's take a look at what you can make from the Cross Body Bag Pattern
Here's a quick overview of the bag, the features, the pockets, the straps, closures, and options so you can see if this pattern is for you. There is a separate video for the step by step tutorial and the link for this is in the sewing pattern download.
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Materials needed for the Cross Body Bag pattern
- Fabric – quilting weight or home décor fabrics
- Interfacing and stabilisers of your choice, one stiffer weight such as Décor Bond plus a fusible fleece
- Pocket zipper – 8 inch or longer, one for inside and one for outside
- Matching thread
- Options – Magnetic snap, tuck lock, twist lock, Velcro, button, or other closure
- Optional – 1.25 inch adjustable strap hardware (2 x D-rings, 2 x swivel clips, and 1 x slider) or 2 x 1.25 inch rectangle rings and slider
- Zipper foot
- The pattern – download from Craftsy
The pattern tester versions
Emma – I used pre-quilted double-sided fabric for mine. Gave a lovely finished bag that I love, but using such a thick fabric did make it a bit more tricky to sew. I love the design and the size and the fact it has lots of pockets.
Judy at Stoney Sews – The ease of construction makes this a good go-to bag. Really love the simple design features that could be easily enhanced. The bag could be made “manly” with some faux or real leather and would make a super Father's Day gift. Also, we hike a lot and could see this made up in heavy Cordura for a nice satchel to take for a day hike.
Diane – I liked the design of the bag and thought it would make a great gift (I have a lot of purses already). When I finished it, I loved it so much, I am not giving it to anyone! Will make this again and again.
Jane – I loved the bright, cheery fabric that was used in the pattern instructions. It was a very inviting pattern. I loved the fact that this pattern has so many design options. It can be made in so many different ways. If a person has completed at least one bag pattern, they can absolutely handle this pattern. Because of all the design options, it's almost a bag-making class in one pattern!
Linda – Great bag! Great size, big enough for everything but not too big so everything gets lost in it. I love all the options for the strap. If somebody doesn't have the necessary hardware, there is other options. And all the pockets available, you can easily keep everything organized. The pockets turned out even better with all those pockets behind the zipper pockets! Great to go to markets, on a trip or shopping. Also so many options for making it with one, 2, or 3 fabrics you can easily custom make it to your own taste.
Great bag pattern. This pattern has so many possibilities that you could make it again and again and never have the same results. I love the size of it and all the great pockets. Thanks, Deby for all your hard work in coming up with this great pattern.
Jemma – I thought it was a great pattern. Not difficult to do but enough intricacy to keep people interested. I love this bag!!!
Theresa at the DIY Page – Exactly what I need in a bag. Big enough to hold my kindle or tablet, lots of pockets. I'm thinking of making my next one as a convertible backpack/crossbody bag. The video really demystified the process for me. I'm very happy with my first ever foray into bag making.