everyday bag


True to its name, this handbag is perfect for daily use. Its generous size and clever design means you'll always have everything you need, but won't be burdened by a cumbersome, shapeless sack. Even better, the simplicity of the pattern makes it easy to personalize into something you'll love to use every day!


The everyday bag stands 7" tall and 9" wide, with 4" deep gussets at the bottom, and a single 25" long strap. View A has a front accent panel and straps attached with D-rings. The roomy interior includes a patch pocket that can be easily expanded or doubled for more storage.


Medium-weight denim, canvas, corduroy, duck cloth or upholstery fabric are perfect for the body ("self fabric"). Use lightweight wovens like quilting cotton for the lining and accent fabric. Avoid fabrics that are sheer, stretchy, knit, drapey, slippery, heavyweight, or with pile like velvet or faux fur.


Sewing patterns by Valerie Williams under the label Holland Cox, The Syndicate, or handmade classics are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License, and are for personal use only.


  • 9 page PDF
  • step-by-step instructions with photographs
  • US imperial measurements

Materials you need at home:

  • 1 yard of self fabric
  • 1/2 yard of lining fabric
  • 1 yard of lightweight fusible interfacing
  • optional: accent fabric 7" x 11" for view A
  • optional: two 2" D rings for view A
  • 12" zipper
  • zipper foot for your machine
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Valerie Williams

I'm a sewer and crafter who has been making handbags and accessories under the label Holland Cox since 2004, and blogging about sewing and crafting for nearly as long! I love making things, and teaching others how to make!

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