Pleated Bag Sewing Pattern
$10.50 (or 1 credits)
A unique pleated bag with the wow factor, this pattern is fully lined, and features two optional closures, three optional pockets, an optional key loop, and two optional strap finishes.
Instant download digital sewing pattern. Includes sizes S & L
• Optional recessed zipper or magnetic snap closure
• Optional outer zippered pocket
• Optional internal zippered pocket
• Optional internal slatted pocket
• Optional key loop
• Optional adjustable strap
• Beginner friendly
• Fully lined
• Single D-ring strap
• Packed with pro tips and expert advice
• Includes full size, print-at-home pattern pieces
• Includes step-by-step tutorial with photos
• Instant-download digital sewing pattern
- You will need a woven or non-stretch fabric for your Pleated Bag.
- If using a thin fabric, you may wish to add interfacing to the Main and Side pieces for more structure.
Browse suitable fabrics here:
- OPTIONAL Bag 1x regular zipper - Small 8 inches, Large 12 inches.
- Or OPTIONAL 1x 1-inch wide magnetic snap.
- Outer Pocket - 1x invisible zipper per pocket - Small 8 inches, Large 10 inches.
- Inner Pocket - 1x invisible zipper per pocket - Small 8 inches, Large 10 inches.
- OPTIONAL 3/8-inch wide snaps/poppers x2.
- Or OPTIONAL 3/8-inch wide rivets x2.
- 1.5-inch wide D-ring / O-ring 1 - 3.
- OPTIONAL 1x plastic/metal tri-glide slide with 1.5-inch opening if making the adjustable strap. NOTE, if making this option, you will need 2x strap connectors with D-ring / O-rings.
- OPTIONAL 1x 1/2-inch swivel clasp hardware.
- Mid-weight fusible interfacing;
- Small approximately 1.25 yards
- Large approximately 3 yards
- Thread to match
- Sewing machine
- Invisible zipper
- Zipper foot
- Optional wonder tape
- Ruler or tape measure
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The trim-free pattern comes in A4 or US letter printable sizes and includes full pattern pieces and a detailed tutorial to guide you every step of the way. An A0 format (pattern pieces only) is also included should you wish to have your pattern printed professionally. PDF Layers allow you to select and print only the size/s you want/ need.
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“This is such a great looking bag which is deceptively spacious (I sewed the small) and there are lots of different options with pockets/ straps etc. It is not for the complete beginner sewer, but If you want to advance your skills you will have yourself a bag to be proud of.”
Buy More Credits
Heather Luben –
A fun bag that spans a range of skill levels! Do the plain, no optional pieces if you are new to bag making, and gain confidence in your bag making skills! If you are more experienced, add the optional pockets (both zipper and slat!), adjustable strap, keychain loop, and closure options! A stylish bag in two sizes with lots of options for variety!
Branka Čelić –
Small Pleated Bag is quite roomy, not so small…fits all I need (even ipad air 2). Instructions were a bit confusing, maybe because of so many options this pattern has.
Nat Laskey –
An interesting, unique looking bag, from a detailed, easy to follow pattern.
The fact the there are so many options for straps, closures and pockets makes it a pattern you can return to agin and again.
The small size will fit a large wallet, phone and a tablet with room to spare.
Kirstie Balding –
This is such a great looking bag which is deceptively spacious ( I sewed the small) and there are lots of different options with pockets/straps etc. It is not for the complete beginner sewer though but If you want to advance your skills you will have yourself a bag to be proud of.
Bunford Orsi –
This is a nice and very unique style of bag with lot’s of options for pockets even a key chain. If you like challenges you must make this for you, or as a present to someone.
Shona Young –
Lovely bag. Has some great options particularly for those of us who like lots of pockets to keep organised. It is a little tricky in some places but well worth sewing.
Tina Marie Baber –
This is a fun pattern to make. It does have quite a few options for the bag which can get a bit complicated if you are a beginner. If you take your time and decide how you intend your bag to look and read the pattern instructions for the different options it is much easier to work through the steps more efficiently. I did have to re-read through the instructions a couple of times to make sure I was following the correct steps for the additional options that I did choose. I made the small bag with the inside zipper pocket, slat pocket, key loop and the magnet snap. I also did the adjustable strap and a chain strap for cross body wearing of my bag. I enjoyed learning how to make this stylish bag and will be making several more using the different options for different stylish looks.
Lee Marshall –
Just a small tip for any pattern with multiple options.
Make an extra copy of the pattern then using a highlighter mark all these instructions for the version you want to make. This will make it easier to keep from making mistakes.
Carrie Rudy –
The pleated bag is a versatile sewing project with several options. There are choices for size of bag, closure of the bag, strap, and multiple pocket options. I was able to sew up a cute small bag to use as a new purse in an afternoon. I kept the options fairly simple. I used a magnetic closure, two d-rings on my strap, and included two simple inner pockets that should be able to hold my iPhone. I can certainly see sewing this small bag again as a birthday gift for a friend!
Aune Wood –
Once I figured things out this came together amazingly! There are a lot of options to make it your own!
Roeshell Nelis –
This was a most challenging sew, but the end result is a pretty big bag, so it was worth it.
Samantha Burton –
Nice looking bag! It’s a challenging sew, but the results are worth it! Can’t wait to make another!
Sarsh Hopkins –
I made my first bag. Learnt loads during the process. I struggled at times understanding the steps but with the help of the BA group I got there. Its a shame the lining is smaller than the bag as its a great size bag! The large bag is perfect for the geach, day trips etc
Abby Villarreal –
This was a fun sew; it also challenges your ability to sew around curves and make tidy pleats.
Katie Weatherly –
This definately is a sew well worth doing; however I found the instructions confusing due to the many options available.
Catherine Murdock –
Will be making as gifts for Xmas
Michele Axmaker Chapman –
The results of this pattern is stunning, this is one pattern you definitely need to Pre read before starting and then follow exactly. Can definitely be more of a challenge. I finally stepped out of the house and took this purse with me, I got so many compliments on it.
Rebekah Homer –
Pockets, pockets, and pockets… or not- it’s your choice. This is an interesting and unique bag. The exterior lends to an oversized boho look, while the interior is manageably sized- just remember (at least with the large bag) that though spacious it isn’t as large as the exterior. This feature allows the bag to maintain the oversized look, and the interior to be easily accessible. There are many pocket options, which are great for storage and organization: slat, interior zip, and hidden exterior invisible zipper. The directions include great tips and guidance through all of these options.
Genevieve Lynne Grossmann –
I really enjoyed this sew. This is a fun, funky pattern. Following each step will ensure a really great result.
Carrie-Ann Basterfiled –
really easy sew, loads of options to chose from, lovelly to make
Mariza Seymour –
The Pleated bag came together really nicely. I am looking forward to making the larger size next time. Unique looking bag and easy instructions to follow 🙂
Nadine Simard –
This was my first bag pattern. Overall I’m proud of myself and it did give me confidence to continue my journey in bag making.
Amelia Keating –
I love the shape of this bag. The large was huge! Definitely more of a weekender-sized bag than an oversized handbag. I will be making the small next!
Julie Educate-Espinosa –
This bag has you practicing the pleats. This is an easy bag. I will be making all of my purses from this pattern. Have fun! Happy Sewing!
Carmen Mills Brent –
The snap closure option makes this bag perfect for throwing in whatever you need quickly. It’s even big enough to fit my tablet, but it doesn’t look bulky at all. The pleated design camoflauges how much space the bag really has!
Nathalie Dene –
I used this pattern to make a ballet bag for my daughter. She loves it! I love all the pocket options it has. No store-bought bag looks this great!
Rachel Loper –
This is a great project for advanced beginners, but as long as you take it one step at a time and carefully read the directions, you’ll be able to tackle it. It’s such a cute and unique design and so spacious!!!
Tara E –
I love patterns with pleats so was immediately drawn to this one. It’s so cute and has such a classic look to it! Pattern was easy to follow and I love that there’s more than one size in the pattern. (I made the smaller version first- awesome size for a “small”).
Janet Cox –
A relatively easy sew, except for easing the curves on the side pieces. The different options for how to add the lining, closure options, strap options, and all the different pockets allows sewists to tailor their project to their comfort level. Can include zippers, invisible zippers, magnetic snaps, and adjustable straps or not.
Pamela Stump –
I made the small with drop-in lining and a magnetic snap, with interior slat pockets and a place to clip my keys. This great-looking purse is very attainable for a determined beginner. The most difficult part is the end pieces. Ease them in carefully and sew that bit slowly. The bag goes together beautifully! I found that the small was plenty big for all the essentials plus a tablet and hardback book, with room left over.
Abby Batkin –
This pattern was a bit daunting to begin with, but absolutely LOVED the outcome! Deceivingly spacious and beautiful design
Pamela Stump –
Impressive bag that is easier than it looks to make. I did the drop-in lining, a new technique for me. The instructions were thorough and the illustrations were useful. Small is large enough to hold a book, tablet, cell phone, wallet, keys, notepad, and all the normal things one carries in a purse.
Sarah Miller –
This pattern was quick and easy for the small bag. There are so many options you can do with both the small and large bag, it is truly customizable to exactly what you want. I love the finished look of the bag and will be making more! This is a great starter bag too for anyone looking to get into bag making.
Abby Batkin –
Fantastic bag! Will be making another. After upcycling an old dress to a bag it gets used so much more.
Kelly Tuttle –
Lovely pattern, easy to follow and I made the most beautiful skirt.
Shona Young –
This pleated skirt has loads of options. I made the version with the shortest pleats in knee length but I think next time I will make it a bit more fitted through the hip and make the next pleat size up. I haven’t made box pleats before or fitted an invisible zip but as always RP instructions made learning a new skill or 2 easy.