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The Lou Lou bag is a quick and easy pattern for beginners, teaching you basic bag-making techniques with minimal hardware. But just because this bag is an easy sew, don’t think it’s too simple and doesn’t have exactly what you need to make it an everyday favorite purse to sew. Sewers of all levels with enjoy this project.
The bag has a front feature pocket (ideal for a small piece of a favorite fabric), zipper closure, inner slip pocket, squared-off base, and an adjustable strap.
It’s a cute little number to carry the absolute essentials, perfect whatever your age! This small crossbody bag sewing pattern is ideal for teens, tweenagers and younger, as well as for you for a casual night out. Wine in one hand or dancing the night away? This bag allows you to have all the fun hands free.
The pattern also requires minimal fabric and hardware, making it a great choice for production-style cutting and sewing if you have an upcoming market.
When you have finished making your own Lou Lou Bag it will measure approximately 7.75″ (20 cm) tall by 6″ (15 cm) wide by 2″ (5 cm) deep.
The designer rates her project as suitable for a confident beginner sewer.
The designer says that this pattern is suitable for lightweight fabrics such as quilting cotton or linen. It can be made with slightly heavier fabrics too, such as laminated cotton or canvas, but you may want to omit a layer of interfacing. Some of the interfacing pieces exclude the seam allowance to avoid bulky seams throughout, making this pattern domestic machine-friendly. If you’d prefer a more padded bag, consider using fusible fleece on the exterior pieces instead of interfacing. Please read through the entire pattern before starting!
What is needed to make a Lou Lou Bag:
- 0.5 yard/meter of exterior fabric,
- One-piece measuring 4.5″ (11 cm) wide by 5.5″ (14 cm) high of exterior contrast fabric,
- 0.25 yard/meter (i.e., one fat quarter) of lining fabric,
- 0.5 yard/meter of fusible woven cotton interfacing (medium weight),
- One all-purpose 7″ (18 cm) nylon zipper or longer (either a size #3 or #5 zipper will work),
- Two 0.5″ (12 mm) D-rings,
- One 0.5″ (12 mm) slider buckle,
- Rivets or Chicago screws to attach the strap (optional),
- One metal zipper end (optional).
With this pattern, there are printable pattern pieces or you can simply measure and cut if you don’t have access to a printer.
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