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If you loved the Restoration Handbag but don't need to carry as much stuff, this is a smaller version with some new features. You have the familiar classic style, but it includes a zipper top closure for more security, and another optional handle construction method for you. This is a great style for any type of fabric you want to try!

The designer made them from waxed canvas, vinyl, faux leather, cotton and some gorgeous frosted TPU vinyl. Interfacing will depend on the fabrics you choose. This is intended to be a structured exterior but some fabrics will not need additional interfacing for structure. The frosted TPU paired with water resistant canvas required no additional stabilizers.

Skill level:
This pattern is written for intermediate bag makers, but even the designer's beginner skill level testers were able to follow along and make this, without the aid of a video. You can do it and the designer is here to help!

Sizing info:
Finished dimensions of the Restoration Handbag are 7½" high by 10" wide by 4" deep.

Video tutorial:
There is a video tutorial available for this pattern if you prefer visual instruction. Michelle Graham from mgrahamsews walks you through every step of each skill level in a sew-along style format in the order the pattern is written. If you would like to skip ahead you can but you might miss an important tip! You will still need to purchase the pattern to get the measurements, etc. as she will never refer to them in the videos. You can watch the 3-hour video below:


Included in the listing are the following:

  • Clearly written instructions and color photos.
  • Fabric recommendations for domestic vs industrial machines.
  • Templates for Home Printer Use (half pieces to fit to letter paper).
  • A0 copy shop/projector file (full size template pieces).
  • SVG cutting files (full size template pieces).
  • Inspiration File featuring tester makes to help you choose your favorite features!

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