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