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The Lou Lou bag is a quick and easy pattern for beginners, teaching you basic bag-making techniques with minimal hardware.

The bag has a front feature pocket, zipper closure, inner slip pocket, squared-off base, and an adjustable strap.

It's a cute little number to carry the absolute essentials, perfect whatever your age!

The pattern also requires minimal fabric and hardware, making it a great choice for production-style cutting and sewing if you have an upcoming market.

Sizing info:
7.75" (20 cm) tall by 6" (15 cm) wide by 2" (5 cm) deep.

Skill level:
Confident beginner.

Recommended fabrics:
This pattern is suitable for lightweight fabrics such as quilting cotton or linen. It can be made with slightly heavier fabrics too, such as laminated cotton or canvas, but you may want to omit a layer of interfacing. Some of the interfacing pieces exclude the seam allowance to avoid bulky seams throughout, making this pattern domestic machine-friendly. If you’d prefer a more padded bag, consider using fusible fleece on the exterior pieces instead of interfacing. Please read through the entire pattern before starting!

Materials needed:

  • 0.5 yard/meter of exterior fabric,
  • One-piece measuring 4.5" (11 cm) wide by 5.5" (14 cm) high of exterior contrast fabric,
  • 0.25 yard/meter (i.e., one fat quarter) of lining fabric,
  • 0.5 yard/meter of fusible woven cotton interfacing (medium weight),
  • One all-purpose 7" (18 cm) nylon zipper or longer (either a size #3 or #5 zipper will work),
  • Two 0.5" (12 mm) D-rings,
  • One 0.5" (12 mm) slider buckle,
  • Rivets or Chicago screws to attach the strap (optional),
  • One metal zipper end (optional).

The pattern:
There are printable pattern pieces or you can simply measure and cut if you don't have access to a printer.

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

Customer Reviews

Based on 11 reviews
Joan Simpson
Small bag

Perfect for my dog walks bits and pieces
Thank you

Love this and all your bags so fun to make.

Love this and all .

Love your designs

All the years I have been sewing I never tried different styles of bags. I love the variation of designs. Affordable and easy to follow directions.

Lynda Gwin

Love it!

Eloise Blackburn
Looks fun!

Haven’t made it yet but looks like an easy pattern.