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LOVE this Nora Bag sewing pattern. A modern take on the classic and traditional Doctors bag, but this innovative pattern doesn't use an expensive frame. Pattern available in 3 sizes too. One of my favorite bag patterns ever!

An innovative design for a classic and stylish Doctor bag but with a twist – you don’t need an expensive and fussy frame to make this bag!

Another excellent pattern from Swoon this week, for the popular Nora Doctor Bag – available in three sizes in the digital pattern and two sizes in the paper pattern option.

Nora is a classic handbag inspired by doctor bag purses of the past. True to the style, this bag opens wide but does not require an expensive frame. There is one large zippered pocket in the lining. Three sizes are included in this sewing pattern (traveler size not included in the paper pattern).


Small Handbag: 11″ x 8.5″ x 5.5″
Large Handbag: 13.5″ x 10″ x 6″
Traveler: 17″ x 12″ x 8″

MATERIALS (different sizes may require different amounts, check pattern for full details):

1/2 yard 44” wide woven quilting weight exterior fabric 
2/3 yard 44” wide quilting weight or vinyl contrasting fabric
2/3 yard 44” wide quilting weight lining fabric
3 yards fusible woven interfacing (Pellon Shapeflex SF101)
1 yard 20” wide foam interfacing (Pellon FlexFoam)
1/2 yard fusible stabilizer (Pellon Peltex 71F)
Four 1” rectangle rings (3/4” for Small Handbag)
One 9” all-purpose zipper (7” for Small Handbag)
One small turn lock
1 yard 1/4” plastic boning with cover
Coordinating thread
Fabric clips (Binder Clips, Wonder Clips)
Fabric glue (Beacon Fabri-tac)

Check out the video tutorials for how to  cut out and sew the Nora bag, then click the button below to get the Nora Sewing pattern.

Buy the Nora Bag Sewing Pattern