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You would have to be living under a very big rock not to have seen these crossbody bags that are everywhere at the moment– really a grown-up and sophisticated version of the bum bag and worn across the front (or back) of the body. Men are wearing versions too. A crossbody bag like this is a beautifully secure and hands-free option for when you are out and about. These are perfect for travel and walking.

The Paris is a slimline version with a narrow, tapered gusset to give you just enough room to carry your essentials (and not tempt you to put too much in) and it's still thin enough to wear under your jacket.

Skill level:
Intermediate sewist with some knowledge assumed. Previous bag making experience would be an advantage. This pattern comes with some handy printable labels to help you to keep track of the pieces and a visual map of the pocket pieces for the front. There are tutorials on the designer's blog which can help you with more detail if you need it - zipper box pockets and things like that.

Sizing info:
9½" wide by 6½" tall by 1½" deep.

Suggested Fabrics:
Quilting weight cotton, denim, canvas, furnishing fabrics, linen, needle cord, waxed cotton, oilcloth.

What's needed to make a Paris Crossbody Bag:-

  • ½ yard thin to medium weight canvas fabric for the exterior,
  • ½ yard pure cotton fabric for the lining,
  • Fat Quarter dry oilskin for the flap,
  • 25" Style-vil foam interfacing (Vlieseline) alternatively, By Annie’s Soft & Stable Fat Quarter G740 fusible interfacing (Vlieseline) or Pellon 860F Ultra Weft. TIP - G740 is a whisper thin fusible woven interfacing about the same weight and texture as cheesecloth. It adds just enough structure to the canvas for a make like this,
  • One 5½" (#5) zipper for the front zipper pocket,
  • One 7" (#5) zipper for the rear zipper box pocket,
  • One 7" (#3) zipper for the inner zipper box pocket,
  • TIP - all of the designer's outer zips are metal and non-divisible. If you are using continuous zippers (from the roll) allow an extra inch when cutting to allow for the end tapes,
  • To make the adjustable strap - two 1½" rectangle rings, and one 1½" bagslider. TIP - you can also use a ready-made strap and in this case, sub the rectangle rings for D rings because these straps usually come with swivel clips and are detachable,
  • One 1¼" metal twist lock,
  • 1½ yards - 2½ yards (depending on the size of the wearer) 1½" wide cotton webbing for the strap,
  • 7" wide by 4" long thin leather or vegan leather for the strap tip, rectangle ring tabs and the zipper pull decorations,
  • Basic sewing supplies,
  • A sewing machine.

The pattern:
This is a measure and cut pattern which means that there are no templates to print off and match up. You need a rotary cutter, ruler and 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. All measurements are in inches.

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