The Rosie© bag

I’ve always got my eye out for “the perfect bag”.  Even when I bought RTW I stuck to the same couple of perfectly functional bags – wrapped in different materials and styles to change things up.

Now that I am making my own, I am attempting to find the perfect bags for myself.  I am completely satisfied with my tote bag but I am still searching for the perfect medium sized handbag.  

I think though I may have found the perfect mini cross-body bag – give or take a small change here and there.

I am so certain that this is the perfect mini cross-body bag that I have named her “The Rosie © bag”!

I started with the usual steps.  I cut out my bag pieces from the Mystery Upholstery Fabric Box my sister gave me and cut out the lining and interfacing from my stash remnants.  After fusing the interfacing on to the lining pieces, I drew my lines and marks onto my interfacing.

Back pockets were completed, with no surprises.  A magnetic snap on the outer back pocket of my bag and a zipper on the interior back pocket of my bag.

Front pockets – the outer is a zipper pocket and the inner has card slots which form a pocket.

This time I used my Janome 3160QDC to sew up my bag, along with a walking foot and a “Jeans” needle.  Actually a couple of Jeans needles, the first one broke when it fell out of my machine as I was sewing – not quite sure what happened there, but I think I might not have tightened up the screw enough???  Or maybe it worked itself loose???


This bag is a different design than my previous ones, as it has a circular gusset sewn between the front and back pieces.

Turning the bag out turned into a bit of a problem – it was a tight squeeze! 😂


Also, since I have been using my Vintage Sewing Machine,  Amber my Singer 421G, for my last few projects, it took a few times manually threading my needle to remember the fact that this machine has an easy needle threader on it!

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

My Rosie© bag is finished!

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!


Inside back zipper pocket.

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

Lots of room inside still.

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

Card Slots and another pocket behind.

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

A handy little bag for a walk in the sun!

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

I’m going to hand this bag over to my sister to use (and abuse?) as I want some serious unbiased product testing done!  Then after her review, I’ll make any needed changes and start drawing up a pattern.

Am I the only one who solicits the advice of others on my me-mades?  What about you?

Happy Sewing!

STASH BUSTING WITH THIS PROJECT?  Nothing!  Upholstery remnants and such were used for this project!  Still 130.2 metres left in inventory!

26 thoughts on “The Rosie© bag

  1. Love love love the bag!!

    1. Thank Thank Thank YOU! 🤗😁

  2. Same shape purse as I’ve had for years. Love your version!

    1. Thanks! I like a few in different sizes for different things. I’ve think this one is a great small sized purse!

  3. Love the bag, excited about the pattern. I also hand over stuff to my sister. She has RA, so has special needs that can change daily. I’ve learned so much about construction, closures, fabric choice, she is brutal with her advice, I learn from every conversation. Thank goodness for sisters

    1. Thanks! Interesting, my sis has arthritis too. She doesn’t sew much anymore but when she did she had THE BEST finished insides! She will be a great product tester. Sisters are the best! 🤗

  4. Love your bag and would happily buy one or the pattern to make my own. I love small bags with sections for things. Great use of material too.

    1. Thank you! I an quite happy to use the fabric given to me by others, or some repurposed or remnant choices for my “muslins”. Especially when they turn out just fine like this one!

  5. I like the idea of card slots inside the purse but have trouble with the practicality in my lifestyle. I find it easier to throw my slim card/cash wallet into whatever purse I’m using that day.
    I would love feedback on this.
    Good looking purse, especially from bustin’ stash fabrics! I like this style too.

    1. Yes, I agree everyone has different tastes. That is why I am still searching my brain for an idea for a medium sized bag. One that you can throw in a wallet or small makeup bag. Oh there are so many shapes, sizes and styles out there. Makes shopping whether in a store or on line so much fun! Thank you for your comments.

  6. Such a great little bag!

  7. You are a bag making wonder Linda! Beautiful work on that!

    1. 😂 thanks Kathy! It’s fun thinking these things up!

  8. It looks good – I’m not sure I’d pass it on to anyone!

    1. Ah well… I’ll just have to make another one for myself. First I’ve got some really cool summer trousers in mind though!

  9. I LOVE your Rosie Bag. Perfect name for a purse. I like the size and I think I was drooling when I saw all those inside zipper pockets. It looks great.👌

    1. Thanks! We will give it a try in “real life” and get rid of the bugs!

  10. Okay, gloves off, send me in coach. I am ready to put the Rosie Bag through it’s paces. You know me, at times, I am about a graceful as an elephant so those zippers will get a testing. I am so excited…..I get a new bag….I mean I am testing a new product. Thanks sis.

    1. 😂😂😂 Now I’m scared! Remember that guy, Ralph Nadar? Guess you’re going to be my own personal “Rose Nadar”! 😂😂

  11. The Rosie Bag is the perfect size, in my humble opinion. Well done Linda!

    1. Well thank you for your humble opinion! 😁

  12. your bags are so professional looking. I love the style of this one and I can see that you will have it in constant rotation.

    1. Thank you Sue! I’m having fun making them. It’s something different to plan and do.

  13. Love the bag shape. Is it big enough for a small water bottle? I was thinking cross body, theme park bag. m

    1. Thanks! I’ll have to go check! I know the other one I made in previous posts was bigger. If this one isn’t, the other one would be!

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