Do you sometimes see a pattern and think, hmm, I really like that pattern but I wish it was a little different – maybe didn’t have the handles, or I’d like the handles to be attached differently, or was a smaller size, or the closure on top was different…
Well now with the versatility and options with this Duo of Restoration bags – the Restoration Handbag and the Restoration Mini Brossbody Bag, you’ll be able to not only pick which base pattern is best for you, but also take advantage of all of the different options each pattern provides.
Not sure which one to pick? Why not check out the video tutorials so you can get an overview of each bag before deciding.
Both come with video tutorials, great style and all the features you need, so pick one or the other, or even pick both and you’ll soon be sewing up your perfect every day bag.
(1) The Restoration Handbag sewing pattern (+ video)
A classic style handbag with plenty of room for all your stuff. You can choose short handles as written, rolled handles, make them longer to carry over your shoulder or no handles and just do the crossbody strap! So many options!
This is the most versatile pattern the designer has written so far. There are so many ways to make this design your own with personalization, but she starts you off with three different style exteriors that you can make from this one pattern. The lining construction is all the same, no matter which skill level you choose.
Skill level: This pattern is written for enthusiastic beginning sewists that have basic bagmaking fundamental skills to advanced bagmakers! Color and symbol codes are on each page to follow the steps and create an amazing bag.
Sizing info: Finished dimensions of the Restoration Handbag are 9″ high by 12″ wide by 5″ deep.
Video tutorial: There is a video tutorial available for this pattern if you prefer visual instruction. Michelle Graham from mgrahamsews walks you through every step of each skill level in a sew-along style format in the order the pattern is written. Check out the video for the Restoration Handbag here.
Included in the listing are the following:
Meet the Designer, Printing Guide by Skill Level, Coloring Pages for Template Placements.
Master Copy of Instructions and Templates.
By Skill Level Printable Instructions.
Templates for Home Printer Use.
A0 copy shop/projector file.
SVG cutting files.
Inspiration File featuring tester makes to help you choose your favorite features!
The pattern: If you would like to download the pdf pattern you can click on the blue button below.
(2) The Restoration Mini Crossbody Bag sewing pattern (+ video)
If you loved the Restoration Handbag but don’t need to carry as much stuff, this is a smaller version with some new features. You have the familiar classic style, but it includes a zipper top closure for more security, and another optional handle construction method for you. This is a great style for any type of fabric you want to try!
The designer made them from waxed canvas, vinyl, faux leather, cotton and some gorgeous frosted TPU vinyl. Interfacing will depend on the fabrics you choose. This is intended to be a structured exterior but some fabrics will not need additional interfacing for structure. The frosted TPU paired with water resistant canvas used in the example above required no additional stabilizers.
Skill level: This pattern is written for intermediate bag makers, but even the designer’s beginner skill level testers were able to follow along and make this, without the aid of a video. You can do it and the designer is here to help!
Sizing info: Finished dimensions of the Restoration Handbag are 7½” high by 10″ wide by 4″ deep.
Video tutorial: There is a video tutorial available for this pattern if you prefer visual instruction. Michelle Graham from mgrahamsews walks you through every step of each skill level in a sew-along style format in the order the pattern is written. If you would like to skip ahead you can but you might miss an important tip! You will still need to purchase the pattern to get the measurements, etc. as she will never refer to them in the videos. You can watch the 3-hour video below:
Included in the listing are the following:
Clearly written instructions and color photos.
Fabric recommendations for domestic vs industrial machines.
Templates for Home Printer Use (half pieces to fit to letter paper).