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Compact Crossbody Purse Pattern

Compact Crossbody Purse Pattern
Compact Crossbody Purse Pattern
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You may not have believed it before when you were told that the best things come in small packages. However, you'll be made into a believer after using this Compact Crossbody Purse Pattern! This small accessory packs a big punch, with a snap closure and contrasting inner and outer fabric prints. It's the perfect size bag for carrying your essentials plus a water bottle, book, or notepad, so you won't have to lug around a giant tote every time you leave the house! This crossbody bag tutorial is finished with a handy leather strap for hands-free transport.

Project TypeMake a Project

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Sewn byBoth Hand and Machine


Materials List

  • 8'' Mixed media shears
  • Rotary cutter
  • Acrylic ruler (6'' x 24'')
  • Cutting mat (24'' x 36'')
  • Outer fabric
  • Lining fabric
  • Bag hardware (D rings, loops, and snaps)
  • Leather crossbody shoulder strap
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine and thread


  1. Cut one piece of outer fabric measuring 13” x 36” and one piece of lining fabric measuring 13” x 23” using the rotary cutter, cutting mat, and ruler.

  2. Pin the top short edge of the bag’s outer layer and the top short edge of the lining together with right sides facing each other and sew.

  3. Press the seam allowance towards the lining and repeat Steps 2 and 3 for the bottom short fabric edges.

  4. With the right sides of both fabrics facing each other, lay the lining on top and fold the bottom short edge so that 1” of the outer fabric is visible along the bottom and pin in place.

  5. Spread the fabrics flat with your hand. In addition to the 1” of outer fabric visible along the bottom edge, there will also be 6” of outer fabric visible along the top edge.

  6. Cut two strips of scrap fabric and thread through metal bag loops. Pin the folded strips between the bag outer and bag lining about 1” down from the start of the bag outer. Sandwich the loops between the layers of fabric.

  7. Sew the long sides of the bag outer and bag lining together being sure to catch the bag loops in your stitches. Leave a 6” turning hole in one of the sides.

  8. Trim the seam allowance and turn the bag so the right sides of the fabric are facing out, poking out the corners.

  9. Insert snap into the center of the top flap.

  10. Hand-stitch opening closed.

  11. Fold up the bottom edge of the bag by about 11”. Pin in place and sew the side seams together to finish the bag.

  12. Insert bag snap into the bottom part of the bag at the point it meets the snap in the bag flap. Complete the purse by clipping a cross body leather strap to the bag loops.

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