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The designer loves round things. She is not exactly sure why but lighthouses and very old windmills draw my attention and so do round windows. So it was only a matter of time before she came up with a round bag. She shows you the niftiest drafting trick ever to get the round shape and this pattern is backed up with a couple of detailed blog posts so that you can see how the top gusset zipper is created and also (due to popular demand) how the bound lining is created.

This bag features some pockets and a fully adjustable strap with a buckle – it is about as trendy as it gets. So Berlin!

Sizing info:
10" diameter by 3 ¼" deep.

Skill level:
Confident beginner with some knowledge assumed.

Suggested Fabrics:
Quilting weight cotton, denim, canvas, furnishing fabrics, linen, needlecord. A TIP from the designer - NEVER pass a curtain or furnishing remnant bin without having a rummage if you are a bag maker! Those fabrics are the perfect weight!

Materials needed:-

  • ¾ yard of suitable fabric. The designer used canvas, which she describes as just perfect,
  • ¾ yard of cotton fabric for the lining. The designer says that quilting weight cotton is best!,
  • 1-yard of style-vil foam interfacing (Vlieseline),
  • One fat eighth of S320 fusible interfacing (Vlieseline),
  • One 10" zipper for the front zipper pocket,
  • One 15 ½” zipper for the top main zip,
  • One 1" gold buckle for the strap,
  • Three gold rivets for the adjustable strap,
  • 5-6 gold eyelets for the adjustable strap,
  • Two 1" gold rectangle rings for the strap tabs,
  • Something to decorate the zipper pulls. I love a thin piece of leather or vegan leather but a great quality baker’s twine is nice too.
  • *Pattern drafting paper (actually any paper will do and you need one 11 ½" square of it),
  • Basic sewing supplies,
  • A sewing machine.

The pattern:
This is a measure and cut pattern which means that you don’t have any templates (pattern pieces) to print off and match up- Yay! You need a rotary cutter, ruler and cutting mat, and you can cut the pattern pieces straight from the fabric. This is easier than it sounds because the pieces are all simple squares and rectangles. You can transfer the cutting measurements to paper to create your own paper template/pattern piece if you prefer to use them.

Please note this is a digital download PDF file, not a paper sewing pattern. Please download immediately after check out.

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Berlin bag

Directions were unclear especially with front pocket. Zippers should have tabs on both ends to reduce bulk in seams. I would make it again, it with my own modifications.

Colette Hall/Bright

Still looking forward to making this unique bag.