In the Bag

Beth Bradley

Trace ’n Create City Collection:
Savvy Plus Bag (modified)


Handbags are a perfect showcase of your creativity and personal style. Think of a handbag pattern as a starting point to show off exciting new sewing techniques and bold ideas.


Trace ‘n Create Town & Country Collection:
Suburban Plus Bag (modified)


In celebration of our purse obsession, Sew News asked Nancy Zieman and five CK Media editors to join the fun. Clover’s new Trace ’n Create Bag Templates with Nancy Zieman are fun and simple to use and offer tons of customization possibilities. They’re offered in two styles, the Town & Country Collection and the City Bag Collection, both of which include instructions for making six bag variations. But that’s just the beginning! Read on to see what Nancy and each editor did to create a truly unique handbag.


Trace ’n Create City Collection:
Savvy Plus Bag (modified)

Stitches & Stripes

I can’t wait for spring flowers, so I selected a bright floral-print Amy Butler fabric for the outer bag and a coordinating mint green solid fabric for the bag lining. The bag patterns allow you to adjust the width of the bottom base, so I made the base as wide as possible (5”). To add the green appliqué stripes, I cut four 13⁄4”x 12” strips from the lining fabric. I fused interfacing to each strip wrong side for extra stability. Before I constructed the bag, I positioned the interfaced strips on the interfaced outer bag pieces, aligning them at the strap placement marks along the bag upper edge. I pinned the strips in place and zigzag stitched along each strip long edge. I constructed the bag according to the pattern guidesheet, but instead of using a magnetic snap or closure tab, I covered a 2”-diameter button with lining fabric and created a 3⁄8”-wide button loop from the bag fabric. I added a few extra inches to the strap length and zigzag stitched the strap edges to coordinate with the appliqué stitching, using Clover Create-a-Strap interfacing between the fabric layers for extra sturdiness.

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In the Bag
I want to make the bag of the cover. Where can I find the embroidery designs?
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what's up with this new format on your site...can't find ANYTHING!!!!You really can do better than this!
pattern for bag
I, too, would like to know where to get the pattern for these bags. Especially th bag on the front cover.
I hate this new format for your website This is hard to navigate. I have been a loyal subscriber to the Sew News magazine but I will not renew it but this website is not user friendly.
pattern for bag
Where do I get the pattern for these bags??
Where can I get the pattern for the ginko leaves?
I love the bag on the front cover and would like to find out where to get the pattern for the ginko leaves. I checked and had no success. BR


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