One Hour Bag


Learn how to make a purse in one hour with this stunning free purse pattern for sewing. The One Hour Bag will honestly only take you one hour to create, and you will get hours and hours of use out of this simple and convenient bag.

Fit for a day at the mall, vacation, a night out, or even a quick trip to the gym, this sewing project idea is one of our most popular projects. It is easy to see why! Making a bag in one hour is no small feat. This pattern, however, makes it easy!

Project TypeMake a Project

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

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This was an easy bag. I put the pocket on the outside. I added an inside pocket for a cell phone and used a zipper instead of a magnet.

I love seeing projects that encourage us to make something ourselves and this is such a brilliant example. Even if it takes longer than an hour to make it is still beautiful and who would not be very proud to use this purse when out shopping, visiting a friend or anywhere else we go? I am going to make several to use as gifts (plus a few for myself, lol!)

This pattern jumps out at me as such a practical bag to make. I am sure to have some suitable fabric to make one of these without having to go out to buy more. Doesn't it like a really useful bag depending on the material used. Haven't you got some fabric in your stash to start one tonight?

I love this bag! The pattern is easy to duplicate. I have made other similar bags from a variety of fabrics and realize that I can never have enough. I would recommend though a different closure such as a ponytail holder button combo or self-fabric tab and Velcro-like hook and loop tape closure if a magnetic fastener, which is optional, is not available.

#bestideaever My seven year old granddaughter and I made this together.

I made this for my daughter to put her birthday gift in. Can't say it took an hour because I was busy watching tv at the same time, but it wasn't much more than that! She loved it - even more than the gift inside ) #bestideaever (She is an adoptee from Russia so loved the theme.)

I will sure use this pattern a lot. My grand daughter is a purse lover. She likes one to match all the clothes I make her and this is a super fast one and so cute. I have never thought of leaving opening at the bottom instead of top. This would save a lot of time. And this tutorial makes the magnetic closure look easier than I thought it would be. How many will you be making?

This is a great bag. A nice bag for a newbee. Having fun working on it. New machine and I'm loving it.

Loved sewing this bag, took almost 3 hours!! I recycled some curtain fabric and added a few flower buttons.

Thank You for all the project ideas :) Peggy West Covina, CA

I have made two of these bags. The second one I sewed the strap in when attaching the lining to the body of the bag. I also used a flap and button closure rather than the magnetic closure to save money and a trip to the craft store. Sew the flap in when attaching the liner to the body. Great pattern...getting lots of compliments and a great way to use up scrap fabric! Thanks!

I was not able to print the pattern due to my equipment, not because of the pattern. So I took her measurements, found a conversion program online (cuz I live in USA), and drew it up on some brown craft paper. It took such a short time to make and looked great! So good, I gave it to my sister for Christmas. :-) Thanks for posting the tut so well that I was able to make it easily. I plan on making more cuz I really love the look and feel of it. I will try using diff fabrics and/or embellishments, as well as a few pockets. :-)

I think it's very cute and easy patterns can make the sewing projects quicker. I really like patterns for bags and purses. Thanks! MLynn

I would like to know how to print this pattern..I'd love to make it.

I made two of these for Christmas gifts. My daughter-in-law is a nurse and needed a bag she could wipe down for germs. I made hers out of a laminated fabric and she was thrilled. Second one was for my next door neighbor's preteen girl made out of an outdoor fabric to hold it's color. She loved it as well. Thank you for this very easy pattern. Less than an hour start to finish.

I looked for a long time for a shoulder bag pattern that was not only quick,inexpensive,roomy and could easily be dressed up or down to suit the outfit I wanted to coordinate it to,I also didn't want to pay $15 for the pattern! TA-DAA!! Thank You so much for sharing this pattern! It more than meets all my criteria. I have made it,modified and out of patchwork,denim,velvet,satin,cotton and some very eeclectic mixes of several things with pockets,appliques and a vast array of do-dads both decorative and useful. There is just no limit to the versatility. All you need to do is let loose and get started,let your imagination be your guide. I guarantee you'll come away with an extremely useable bag that is a one of a kind art piece that you alone own! Give it a try!!

I'm going to try making this bag, what is A4 paper?

A4 paper is a size commonly used in Europe and the UK. It is not as wide as USA letter sized paper, but is a little bit longer. You can use Google to find out exactly how long A4 paper is, because that is a critical measurement for this bag if you want it the size it was originally designed to be. The pattern designer has given her measurements in the metric system commonly used outside of the USA, so you will need to either be familiar with those measurements or find a metric converter website to translate the measurements to those commonly used in the USA.




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