Poinsettias curvy bag (with free pattern)

Poinsettias curvy bag (with free pattern)

Remember the bag I made for Ms. K? The “Boob Bag”, as my husband called it, turned out so nicely that I made one for myself.

Since I planned to make a pattern, and I would rather it were simpler to explain, I made it a simplified version. Now you can make your own with my free pattern and step by step instructions.

I made this bag with two half yards, the flower pattern is the Kaffe Fassett Potentilla Lavender. I also used a fusible fleece as interfacing as well as a decorative button and beads.

Poinsettias curvy bag (with free pattern)

On the top front of the bag I embroidered my initial and sewed a heart button. You can choose some other decoration, perhaps a flower brooch.

These are the steps for making the bag:

Poinsettias curvy bag (with free pattern)

1. Download the pattern from here. Cut the pieces as specified in the pattern.
2. Join the top and bottom outer pieces for the front and back of the bag. Add decoration now.
3. Match a piece of fusible fleece to the front and back outer pieces.
3. Fuse the outer pieces to the fleece.

Poinsettias curvy bag (with free pattern)

1. Join the top and lower pieces for the lining, pinning the zipper in between.
2. This is a close up of the previous photo.
3. Join with the zipper foot of your sewing machine.
4. Repeat on both sides, this is how the lining looks after installing the zipper.

Poinsettias curvy bag (with free pattern)

1. Join the outer pieces.
2. Pin, sew and cut a wedge out of the corners to create a curved volume.
3. This is how it looks on the outside. Repeat with the lining.
4. Sew the straps, after applying fusible fleece to one of the sides.

Now join the outer part and the lining at the same time installing the straps. I forgot to make photos of this part, but it’s easy if you’ve made anything lined before.

Poinsettias curvy bag (with free pattern)

I made a zipper pull using wire and beads. This is how the bag looks when closed.

Poinsettias curvy bag (with free pattern)

I also made matching pen. You can see more on these pens in this post.

I really like my new bag (I’ve been using it for weeks now). If you are somewhat-skilled with your sewing machine, and understands the basics of installing a zipper you can make one of these. I added internal pockets to mine but I wanted to keep this one simple. Add the pockets if you can do it on your own.

Poinsettias curvy bag (with free pattern)

As long as you don’t distribute or sell the actual pattern, you can do what you want with the bags. And if you sew a bag using my pattern, be a darling and send me a photo. It will make my day.

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  • Tattewatteke August 10, 2014, 2:15 PM

    I tried this pattern this afternoon. It’s really amazing!
    Thanx for sharing this.
    You can see my result here:http://tattewatteke.blogspot.be/2014/08/stof-poinsettias-tas.html

  • Kim June 10, 2014, 6:07 PM

    Have you moved the pattern to the new server? Would love to make this bag but without the pattern all I can do is drool!

  • Melissa Shultz June 2, 2014, 8:38 PM

    I love this bag. Unfortunately when I click on any of the links on your site I get a 404 server error. Is the pattern and pen instructions no longer available?

    • Aunt Clara June 10, 2014, 1:16 PM

      Yikes, now I remember I moved them. I gotta change them back to the new server. Thanks!

  • Di March 23, 2014, 3:52 AM

    Could you please advise what size zipper you used?

  • Silvia Lückmann October 28, 2013, 3:19 PM

    Thanks for the great ideas. Good week

  • amanda June 29, 2013, 6:58 PM

    I love this… how difficult would you say it is to do the zipper? The only zippers I have done are the kind for say a makeup bag/pouch where it’s sewn one side at a time to the layers. I’ve been dying to make an actual purse though.

  • Janet May 21, 2013, 6:48 PM

    Is there anyway to purchase one of these bags from you?

    • Aunt Clara May 21, 2013, 8:01 PM

      Sorry, no. But you can make yourself one, or two. :)

  • Sandee May 18, 2013, 11:07 PM

    I love the bag. I was able to download and print out the pattern pieces, but couldn’t print out the directions. Am I missing something as to how to do it?


  • Leni June 19, 2012, 5:44 PM

    I would very much like to send you a photo of my version of this bag – but how??Thanks, Leni

  • Anonymous March 14, 2012, 1:51 PM

    Super cute bag! I was trying to open the pattern and it won't let me:( Any suggestions.Thanks, Gina

  • Clara Gonzalez January 16, 2012, 7:34 PM

    Sorry it took me so long to reply. I wonder why I neve saw your comment. Did you download the pattern?

  • Anonymous May 8, 2011, 8:15 AM

    Hello Clara,I was looking for a pattern for a bag and so I found your very nice „boob-bag“. I’m not very experienced in sewing bags – this will be the third one – so I have a problem with the measurement. I know I can make the bag as big as I want, but I can’t imagine how big the bag will be if I take a pattern of a certain measurement. I tried to find it out from the pictures. You use a green table with squares for cutting, I think these are inches? So the line on top has about 16 inches, this will be about 40 cm? Also I can’t imagine how long the straps must be for a comfortable wearing. So I’ll try to start as soon as I find time to sew!Kind regards from GermanyUlla

  • Anonymous September 21, 2010, 5:58 PM

    I showed the pattern to my granddaughter so I'm going to attempt making this. Might start today. I've been doing jewlery and not to much sewing so I best get the cob webs out of it. Will let you know how it turns outAnnaC

  • Denise August 25, 2010, 3:16 PM

    Clara, thanks for answering so quickly. Wow, I wish IKEA would have been in S.D. when I lived there. We live in Colorado now and IKEA will open September of 2011 but for now we drive 13 hours to Utah so I can get my IKEA fix.I found your site while ready YHL, love it!! You have inspired me to take some of my bookcases and dressers and actually do something to make them look better. Thanks, Denise

  • Aunt_Clara August 25, 2010, 5:35 AM

    Hi Denise,I use a private mail company. Most of my Ikea stuff was bought abroad, before Ikea opened in S.D. The one in S.D. delivers anywhere in the country, but I arranged for my own transport when I went there to buy a sofa. Rubyred and PY, thanks. I hope to see a photo of your creation soon.

  • Rubyred August 24, 2010, 8:26 PM

    What a woderful bag! How sweet of you to share it with us too! It's definitely on my to do list! Probably skip the zip and do velcro!Love your fabric, so perfect for the caribbean!Rachel x

  • Anonymous August 24, 2010, 6:57 PM

    Clara, I commented in an earlier post in May this morning but I will ask my question here once again. How in the world do you order from IKEA, Amazon and every where else from Punta Cana? I used to live in Juan Dolio and it was a miracle if I received a post card from my family in Canada (I never received the letters they sent, I don't know what happened to them!) Curious, Denise

  • Aunt_Clara August 23, 2010, 11:41 PM

    Kim, skip the zipper and use velcro, or a snap button.

  • PY August 24, 2010, 12:42 AM

    What a beautiful bag! Thanks for sharing .

  • Kim August 23, 2010, 11:29 PM

    Oh, that bag is so cute! What perfect timing b/c I've been hunting around the internet trying to find a bag pattern to try. I wanted to add some styles to the Big Ballerina's repertoire. The zipper is way beyond us, but I am totally inspired!Great job!

  • Miss Val's Creations August 23, 2010, 12:29 PM

    It's adorable! I love how you embroidered your initial on the bag!