The Savannah Bag Pattern


As charming as the city she’s named for! The Savannah bag features wrap-around gathered pockets, two options for her piping-lined accent panel, and an interior zippered pocket. Savannah isn’t just pretty, with a roomy interior and a zippered top, she is practical too. This bag offers many opportunities to customize to your style and is perfect for showing off those beautiful coordinating fabrics. Fun to make and even more fun to carry!

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  • 22 pages – 10 pages of instructions with illustrations
  • 8 pages of pattern sheets (to be taped together to make full size pattern pieces) additional pieces are  measured onto fabric
  • 4 pages of instructions without illustrations for the experienced sewist
  • Includes hyperlinks to photo tutorials for many steps and bonus projects
  • Imperial and metric measurements included
  • Easy to understand instructions and illustrations


  • Primary Fabric: 1 1/4 yards* – 44″ or 54″ wide (1.2m 113 or 138cm wide) – for main exterior, exterior pockets, lining, and handle lining Suggested fabrics: quilting cotton or light-weight home decor
  • Accent Fabric: 3/4* yard – 44″ or 54″ wide (.7m – 113 or 138cm) – for exterior accent, interior pocket lining, and handles Suggested fabrics: quilt-weight cotton or light to medium-weight home decor light-weight faux leather or ultra suede
  • Piping Fabric: 1/2 yard (.5m) for piping OR 5 3/4 yards (5.2m) of packaged piping
  • Heavy-weight Stabilizer – one-sided fusible – 3/4 yard (.7m) – 20″ (51cm) wide Suggested: Pellon Peltex #71F (if you prefer sew-in, try Stiff Stuff by Lazy Girl Designs)
  • Medium-weight Interfacing – one-sided fusible – 1 1/4 yards (1.2m) -20″ (51cm) wide Suggested: Pellon Craft Fuse #808


  • 1 – 16″ (41cm) zipper (for bag closure)
  • 1 – 9″ (23cm) zipper (for interior pocket)
  • 1 yard (1m) – 1/4″ (6mm) knit elastic
  • 6 yards (5.5m) – 1/8″ (3mm) cotton piping cord
  • 4 – 1 3/4″ (4cm) handle rings or rectangles (increase to 2″ (5cm) if using packaged piping)
  • 4 – purse feet (optional)
  • 1 – 4 x 11″ (10x28cm) piece of plastic canvas (to stiffen bottom – optional)
  • 1/4″ (6mm) fusible web tape or Wonder Tape (for inserting zipper – optional)
  • Heavy weight needle
  • Piping foot (optional, but recommended)
  • Temporary marking tool

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


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