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By Hand London

BHL Draft It Yourself - Marianne Evening Bag

£ 7.00

BHL Draft It Yourself - Marianne Evening Bag

Sizing Chart

£ 7.00

*This instruction booklet is available as a PDF download.

This is not a traditional sewing pattern, you will learn how to draft the pattern yourself to your own preferred dimensions - please read all about the BHL Draft It Yourself collection here


A chic evening bag to match your finest handmade frocks! This DIY project uses up minimal fabric, can be sewn in under an hour and is the ultimate palette cleanser or sewjo reactivator. Fully lined, securely zipped and shaped with angled side seams and box corners, the finished bag can be worn as a classic shoulder bag, or adjust the strap to transform it into an elegant purse that dangles off your wrist.

Red roses - Dolce & Gabbana deadstock from Elisalex's stash

Green & blue floral - Jacquard from Elisalex's stash (originally from The Fabric Store NZ)

Black lace - Rainbow Fabrics

Cream - Leather from Matilda's stash

Denim - Upcyled jeans and sparkles from Jess' wardrobe and diamanté cup chain from The New Craft House

Orange gingham - Silk taffeta from Elisalex's stash (originally from Promenade Fabrics USA)

Bag hardware such as D-rings, chains and zips from The New Craft House & Amazon. Please see this blog post for a detailed guide of all the hardware you will need.

Check out #bhlMarianne bag on Instagram to see how other people have made this pattern!

The world of fabrics is your oyster with this project! Soft leather, sequin fabric, brocade, jacquard, velvet, denim, or anything else that takes your fancy!
Lightweight fabrics will need to be interfaced to add structure. For the lining, anything from calico to silk will work just fine.

  • Pattern drafting supplies
  • Your main fabric
  • Your lining fabric
  • Woven fusible interfacing (optional)
  • 2 x 1⁄2” or 12mm rings D or O-rings*
  • 1 x larger ring - this needs to be wide enough tofeed over your doubled up bag strap/chain*
  • 1x 35-60cm decorative chain or handbag handle*
  • Bag zipper to match the length across the top of
    your bag*
  • Pliers for metal rings (if needed)*
  • A hand sewing needle
  • Your sewing machine and usual sewing tools and
*For a comprehensive guide on the hardware you will need for this project, please head to our blog post