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The Classic Handbag sewing pattern is Mrs H's new favourite everyday bag!

The Classic Handbag has a timeless style, with its softly curved shape just right for tucking under your arm, and a top zipper closure to keep your belongings secure. It has an exterior slip pocket on each panel that you can divide to best suit your needs, an interior zip pocket, and an interior slip pocket as well as the central bag space.

In typical Mrs H fashion, The Classic Handbag has a LOT of skillbuilding techniques, including side gussets, top boxed corners, installing a bag base and bag feet, and using zippers as piping.

In not-so-typical Mrs H fashion, The Classic Handbag is very low on hardware. Only two rivets? What was Mrs H thinking? Of course, as is always the case with our designs, you can easily add more rivets or extra bag bling to help your super sew sparkle!

Sizing info:
The Classic Handbag measures 11.5" x 7" x 3 1/4" ( 29 cm x 18 cm x 8.25 cm).

Skill level:
The Classic Handbag sewing pattern is a skillbuilder for confident beginners.

Video tutorial:
This pattern has a full YouTube video sew along with Mrs H. You can watch the video below.


You'll also want to watch Mrs H's Masterclass video on how to use piping in bagmaking, if that would be helpful for you.

What materials do I need?


  • 3/4 yard (0.75 m) exterior,
  • 3/4 yard (0.75 m) lining.

Please note: Mrs H does not recommend using vinyl for The Classic Handbag as you will be sewing through eight layers in total during the final stages.

Interfacing & Stabilisers:

  • 24" x 24" (61 cm x 61 cm) foam stabiliser,
  • 3” x 12 1/2” (7.5 cm x 32 cm) fusible fleece,
  • 2 1/4 yard (2 m) medium weight fusible interfacing 1 yard (90 cm) wide, narrower will need more,
  • 7 1/2" x 3" (19 cm x 7.5 cm) bag base or thin cutting mat.

Hardware & Zippers:

  • 2 x 1 1/2" (3.8 cm) rectangle rings,
  • 5 x 1/2" (12 mm) purse feet,
  • 2 x 14" (35.5 cm) #5 zip (cut continuous zip 14" (35.5 cm)) – One forms the pocket ‘piping’,
  • 1 x 7" (18 cm) #3 zip (cut continuous zip 9" (23 cm)).

Optional Hardware:

  • 2 x Small rivets : 5/16″ Caps x 1/4″ Post (8 mm x 6 mm),
  • 1 x Bag Label.

You will also need the following:

  1. Double sided basting tape,
  2. Zip foot & walking foot,
  3. Wonder clips,
  4. Fray Check,
  5. Pressing Cloth,
  6. Pinking Shears,
  7. Duct Tape,
  8. Chalk marker/erasable pen.

The pattern:
The Classic Handbag PDF sewing pattern features easy-to-read comprehensive instructions, pattern pieces, and colour photographs, as well as a text-only section to save on ink and paper costs.

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