Learn to Sew with this Patchwork Bag Pattern

Patchwork fabric can be used in many ways. It’s not just for quilts!

Patchwork fabric can be used for far more than quilts. It makes delightful purses and tote bags.

Here’s a Learn to Sew pattern dear to my heart. As many of you know I love to make bags. This clever pattern teaches basic sewing techniques and more. Learn to piece patchwork, insert a lining, and use a rotary cutter while making charming handbags that all ages will love. This is also a great mother/daughter project.

Corduroy is a great choice for handbags.

Any cotton print or solid is great for making patchwork fabric. Lightweight corduroy makes beautiful textured patchwork and is a sturdy, durable fabric for both purses and backpacks.  Today’s corduroy comes in wonderful brights and pastels, in addition to traditional neutrals.

Of course, this project would look great in Amy Butler fabrics, too. The popular designer has such a range of fun, vibrant fabrics available, and they are so fun to mix and match in a patchwork design.

Some of Amy Butler’s many designs.

The Learn to Sew bag can also be made with canvas or linen. Canvas is sturdy choice. It is a popular upholstery fabric, especially for outdoor furniture.  Canvas is available in several prints in addition to traditional solids.

Linen is a classic fabric.  It is available in a variety of shades and is easy to sew, although it does tend to ravel. Raw edges of linen should be edge-finished.  Pinked edges are a traditional method of edge-finishing this fine fabric.

A bookbag?  A lunch bag?  A purse for Mother’s Day?  Go and sew!