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BHL Draft It Yourself - Ruffle Bag

£ 7.00

BHL Draft It Yourself - Ruffle 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


This adorable bag is the perfect accessory to your handmade wardrobe, and the ideal stash busting project too! Draft your own rounded rectangle tote bag to whatever dimensions you like, complete with gusset, gathered ruffles and sturdy handles. Our DIY ruffle bag is quick to make, the ultimate sewjo activator or palette cleanser between makes.

Small bag (1) - viscose linen from Fabric Godmother

Small bag (2) - Liberty x Hello Kitty print oilcloth from Nomura Tailor in Japan
Large bag - viscose linen from Rainbow Fabrics

Elisalex wears a Lizz Dress in matching viscose linen from Fabric Godmother.

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

Medium-heavy woven fabrics are ideal for a structured bag, but you could also interface lightweight fabrics to make them sturdier. Cotton canvas, oilcloth, soft leather, denim, sateen, jacquard, sturdy cottons and linens are all ideal.

  • Your fabric
  • Medium weight fusible interfacing to give structure to lighter fabrics
  • A length of ribbon to fasten your bag, OR a magnetic snap fastener (optional)
  • Appropriate machine needles for the fabric you're working with
  • Matching thread
  • Tape measure
  • Pattern paper - dot and cross or Swedish tracing paper
  • Patternmaster or French Curve
  • Your usual tools and sewing supplies