Introducing a new easy bag pattern this month. A smart fold over bag that can be used as a clutch bag or with an optional handbag/shoulder strap too, or even make a wrist strap. It's very versatile. Fashionable and practical, fold over for your essentials, but shop too much and unfold for extra space.
It doesn't use too much fabric so if you want to splurge on something really special, this could be the ideal pattern. Make it in a regular cotton, home decor fabric etc and instructions are also included if you want to use a vinyl/faux leather/thicker suede etc.
Features of the All in a Flap fold over bag pattern:
- Fold over top forms the flap
- Make in all the same or contrasting fabrics
- Outer zipper pocket in the back – optional
- Detachable strap – optional
- Instructions for fabric or for vinyl/faux leathers
- Finished size approx. 10” wide x 6 ” high
- Full video tutorial.
Pattern difficulty rating = Confident beginner
- Main Bag – piece 12 x 14 inches
- Lining – piece 22 x 14 inches
- Flap/contrast/tab fabric – piece 12 x 22 inches
- Interfacing to suit your fabric choices – 1 yd at 20 inches wide
- Coordinating Thread
- 1 x 10” zipper with metal teeth
- 1 x 6” zipper or longer (optional for back pocket)
- Ready made leather strap with removable snaps and d-rings (optional)
- Optional – Wonder Tape
Optional additional supplies for working with vinyl
It's really not too difficult – watch me make one
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Our pattern testing versions and comments
Diane D – I liked it immediately: I have one almost exactly like it and was glad I would learn how to make one. This is a cute compact bag that can be changed in a myriad of ways by using fabrics with different textures, prints and colours. And you don't need a lot of fabric either!
Louise – I loved this pattern. Simple and great to showcase special fabrics. I love the size, and the fold over flap. I had a beautiful blue ultrasuede piece I got a few years back. I was waiting for the right project to use it and this pattern was it. I did not put the zipper on the back side because I couldn't find a “perfect” color match, so I made a zipper pocket inside the same way as your directions. I also chose to use all one fabric since I couldn't find a fabric that went with my ultrasuede. I also made my own strap. I just love this bag!. Thank you.
Diane C of Two Chicklets – This is similar to a bag I had but so much better with a strap and the eye-catching angled flap. I made my own matching vinyl strap and it turned out well, even when my bobbin ran out of thread! The vinyl is pretty thin, so I ended up making a loop of strap, then sewing them flat together with no raw edges showing. (Both sides look like the front). Thank you for a small easy bag this time and for allowing me to test! I'm modeling my bag with my Lilly Dress.
Liz of Moments – Very good ! Loaded with pictures which always is a good thing! 🙂 A very nice fast pattern!!
Lori – Looks larger than pattern pieces…but then it goes together quickly and doesn't use much fabric. Only two pattern pieces, this is really simple to put together. I printed directions with no photos, so I really liked the way it was written. You can sew the bag up without using any photos. Loved the little bag. I left it empty inside, no added little pockets or bits so I could put whatever I needed inside. The zipper outside would make a good little phone or key holder.
Betty-Anne of the Kitchen Closet – very stylish evening bag, loved the shapes. I really enjoyed this pattern if was a quick sew, very clearly laid out and written. I also learned a new tip this time….the tapping the fabric down while sewing zipper in pocket, I have never thought of trying that before, it worked great, so thank-you, for a great pattern to sew and test for you and for the cool tip…:)
Robin at the Pattern Tester – I love the All in a Flap Bag because of its versatility. It's fairly quick to put together, and not difficult. It's a great size too. Holds all the essentials, and is very stylish. I like the bag as a clutch, so I decided not to add a strap. I will add small grommets on each side if I decide that I want to add a strap later.
Robin liked it so much that she went on to make another as a clutch bag for her niece using pink velvet and the amazing Tula Pink fabric Elizabeth. If I knew where she lived, I might be tempted to distract her and put this bag under my coat!
Linda – Great little purse for evening out, party or even a day out. Can be made in a solid color for a more classic look or in 2 colors for a splash of color. Small enough to be used as an evening purse but big enough to carry all your essentials compare to another evening purse I had that could barely hold anything. Can be made to wear over your shoulder, as a wristlet or as a clutch. Don't need much fabric so you can splurge on some really nice fabric to make it unique.
Sheri – I made mine with totally leather exterior and bright cotton lining (next time zipper pocket will go inside I think). Need to find better chain for the strap, but it's all my local store had…..I'll certainly be making this one again.
Sara at Made By Sara – Love the design! It's super trendy. Love that it is a bag but can also be easily turned into a fashionable beautiful clutch. I think it would be ideal for those that like a bigger bag too because this could easily be scaled up on a 200% scale maybe to make it big enough to use for all the stuff I seem to carry everyday!