The Arena Bag (+ video) and the Arena Bag Raw Edge (+ video) sewing patterns

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The Arena Bag sewing pattern (+ video)

The Arena Bag was inspired by needing a bag small enough and versatile enough to hold your basic essentials plus your phone in a bag to meet the size requirements of some sporting / concert arenas and venues where restrictions are in place. It features an easily accessible front pocket for your phone, internal card pockets, and can be worn as a wristlet, lanyard, or crossbody bag. We think most of us can find this handy bag useful.

This pattern comes in two different versions, with each pattern allowing you to create the best results depending on your fabric. The regular Arena Bag is for fabrics like cotton, home decor etc. where raw edges need to be enclosed. The Raw Edge Arena Bag pattern is for fabrics that don’t fray such as vinyl, cork, leather etc. This has a different construction method. Pick the one you need (or maybe both of them) from the options below.

(1) The Arena Bag sewing pattern (+ video)

The Arena Bag was inspired by needing something to hold your basic essentials PLUS your phone in a bag that is small enough to meet the size requirements of sporting / concert arenas and venues.

It features a front pocket for your phone with customizable strap tab lengths to fit different size phones, internal card pockets, and three strap options (wristlet, lanyard, crossbody).

The bag requires minimal material and is a great scrap buster!

Skill level:
This pattern is suitable for a domestic machine and is beginner-friendly.

Sizing info:
6.5″ wide by 4.5″ high.

Video tutorial:
Video tutorials are also included with this pattern purchase!

Material and hardware requirements:

  • Fabric outer: fat quarter (or mix and match for accent pieces),
  • Fabric lining: fat quarter,
  • Strap: varies depending on option selected,
  • Interfacing: SF101 woven fusible, fusible fleece (depending on fabric selection),
  • Lobster clasp, 0.5″ (1 for wristlet, 1 for lanyard, 2 for crossbody),
  • D-ring, 0.5″ (1 for lanyard, 2 for crossbody),
  • Adjuster bar, 0.5″ (1 for crossbody),
  • Zipper, 7″ length,
  • Snap or Velcro for tab closure,
  • Rivets, 8mm (optional).

Check out our RESOURCES PAGE full of great recommendations and links for fabric stores and suppliers, interfacing and stabilizers, hardware resources, and zippers.

The Arena Bag sewing pattern (+ video)

The pattern:
The pattern is easy to follow and features eleven pages with full-color photos to coordinate with the step-by-step instructions.

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


(2) The Arena Bag Raw Edge sewing pattern (+ video)

The Arena Bag Raw Edge was developed to be able to use thicker materials such as cork, vinyl, and leather. It provides an alternate assembly that is quicker and doesn’t require birthing. The raw edge pattern also allows the additional option of edge painting your bag, which gives it a nice finish.

The Arena Bag Raw Edge sewing pattern (+ video)

This pattern contains all of the features you’ve come to know and love in the original Arena Bag, but in a more slimline profile.

The bag requires minimal material and is a great scrap buster!

Video tutorial:
Video tutorials are also included with this pattern purchase!

Skill level:
This pattern is suitable for a domestic machine and is beginner-friendly.

Sizing info:
Finished size: 6.5″ wide by 4.5″ high.

Material and hardware requirements:

  • Fabric outer: cork, vinyl, etc. no more than fat quarter equivalent,
  • Fabric lining: no more than fat quarter equivalent,
  • Strap: varies depending on option selected,
  • Interfacing: SF101 woven fusible (for cotton lining only),
  • Lobster clasp, 0.5″ (1 for wristlet, 1 for lanyard, 2 for crossbody),
  • D-ring, 0.5″ (1 for lanyard, 2 for crossbody),
  • Adjuster bar, 0.5″ (1 for crossbody),
  • Zipper, 7″ length,
  • Snap for tab closure,
  • Rivets, 8mm (optional).

Check out our RESOURCES PAGE full of great recommendations and links for fabric stores and suppliers, interfacing and stabilizers, hardware resources, and zippers.

The Arena Bag Raw Edge sewing pattern (+ video)

The pattern:
The pattern is easy to follow and features ten pages with full-color photos to coordinate with the step-by-step instructions.

If you would like to download the pdf pattern you can click on the green 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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