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Betsy Bowler Bag sewing pattern (with videos)

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Betsy Bowler Bag sewing pattern (with videos)

You will love this petite, yet oh-so stylish and easy-to-sew Betsy Bowler Bag. This crossbody bag features an exterior front slip pocket with flap closure, exterior back slip pocket, and interior zipper pocket. Betsy is a great everyday bag that holds all of your essentials.

Despite Betsy’s good looks, this PDF sewing pattern is a rather quick sew and perfect for a confident beginner-intermediate sewist. Her style comes from the design (and your choice of fabrics), not from any complicated sewing needed.


  • Front Slip Pocket with Flap Closure
  • Back Exterior Slip Pocket
  • Interior Zipper Pocket
  • Adjustable Crossbody Strap

This pattern is domestic machine-friendly and can be sewn in all quilting cotton or a combination of quilt cotton, vinyl, or cork.

We know you will enjoy sewing up the Besty Bowler Bag just like the designer did and all of her pattern testers did. There are some gorgeous examples of this bag, in all sorts of materials.

Skill level:
Confident Beginner-Intermediate.

Sizing info:
9″ (23 cm) high by 10.75″ (27 cm) wide by 4.25″ (11 cm) deep.

Video introduction and tutorials available:

The designer, Sew Yours, has made a 6-minute YouTube video introducing the Betsy Bowler Bag, which you can watch below.

The designer has also produced a full-length 51-minute YouTube video showing you how to make the Betsy Bowler Bag, which you can watch below.

Brandy Jackson of Bean Bags and Handicrafts Co has also produced a full-length 37-minute YouTube video showing you how to make the Betsy Bowler Bag, which you can watch below.

Materials needed:

  • 1 yard (100 cm) approximately of exterior fabric,
  • 1 yard (100 cm) approximately of lining fabric,
  • 1-2 yards (100-200 cm) approximately of lightweight woven fusible interfacing (Pellon SF101 Shape-Flex or Sew Fuse). Woven interfacing is not required when using vinyl/cork/waterproof canvas,
  • 1/2 yard (50 cm) approximately of Pellon Flex Foam Stabilizer FF78F1 or Decovil Light or two layers of Sew Fuse Plus,
  • 1/4 yard (25 cm) approximately of Decovil Heavy 526 (optional, for the base of the bag and/or flap),
  • One magnetic snap,
  • One turn lock,
  • 5-6 Rivets (or Chicago Screws)
    • 6-7mm for thinner fabrics or
    • 8-9mm for thicker fabrics
  • 16″ #5 Zipper Tape and one  Zipper Pull or 18″ Zipper (Main Closure),
  • 8″ #5 or #5 Zipper Tape and one Zipper Pull or 10″ Zipper (Lining Pocket),
  • Two 1″ (25 mm) O-RingsD-Rings or Rectangle Rings,
  • One 1″ (25 mm) Tri-Glide/Strap Slider,
  • Two 1″ (25 mm) Strap Ends (optional),
  • Four Purse Feet (optional),
  • Two 1″ (25 mm) Swivel Clasps (optional),
  • 2 1/4 yards (210 cm) approximately by 1/2″ wide (13 mm) Double Fold Bias Binding if not making your own,
  • Rivet setter tool or rivet press,
  • Basic sewing supplies,
  • A sewing machine.

The pattern includes:

  • Step-by-step written instructions with photographs,
  • Video sewing tutorial via YouTube channel,
  • Immediate pattern download at checkout.

If you would like to download the pattern you can click on the blue button below.

And if you would like to see other bag sewing patterns from this designer then you can click on the red button below.

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