Sunday, January 5, 2014

The Bia Bag - Free PDF Pattern!

I'm super happy to share my very first, real PDF pattern! It's 18 pages with over 40 color photos so it should be very easy to follow for everyone, even if you're not used to reading patterns in English. =)


Download Pattern From Craftsy Here

Edit: Due to the high amount of downloads (Yay! You like my bag! <3 ) my other downloading page banned me for excessive bandwidth use. So I'm afraid you now have to sign up for Craftsy.com to be able to download the pattern, I'm very sorry for this inconvenience but I haven't been able to find any other reliable place to host it. If you don't wish to sign up for Craftsy, please email me and I'll upload it for you separately for download. =)

I really love this bag so much! It's such a perfect size, it has a ton of pockets, inside and out as I love knowing exactly where I have my stuff. This is the new version I made while creating the pattern, it's a girly spring version in fresh linen and light blues! I think I somehow knew when I started making this pattern this fall that it'd probably be spring before I finished *lol*


The many pockets are a lifesaver for me, I don't want my handbag to be a black hole where all my stuff rides jumbled about in a crazy mix and nothing can be found. One pocket for each thing, phone, compact, pens, nail file, key loop etc. I've really optimized this bag for me and hopefully, you'll find that it fits you just as good as it fits me!


It's not big which is one of my key requirements for a bag (you know what it's like - if there's room I will fill it and kill my back lugging it all around), but I can fit all the stuff I need in it - including a pocket book - so it's perfect for me, I use mine everyday. Which is why I felt I really had to share this pattern with you all! =)

Edit2: It was brought to my attention that what seam allowance to use was a little unclear in places so I've updated the pattern to clearly state what seam allowances to use where, basically 1/4" unless otherwise noted and in Step 2 use 1/2" to be able to fit the elastic later (it became a little unclear with the compressed pictures in the PDF I'm afraid).

If you choose to download the pattern I'd love if you let me know what you think of it by leaving a comment. If you make a Bia Bag, I'd love if you add it to my flickr group and thereby share it with me and the world so we all can enjoy it and be inspired by it:

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Any and all feedback is much appreciated and should you (which I really hope you wont!) find any errors in it, I'd love if you let me know of those too! <3


33 comments:

  1. I love the size of this bag and all the pockets. I really like the colors you picked too. I will print it out as soon as I get my printer ink, I just ran out yesterday.

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  2. Ett fantastiskt bra och tydligt mönster! Och framför allt en fantastiskt härlig väska med perfekt storlek och massor med bra fickor. Du har gjort ett jättejobb med mönstret, älskling!
    Kramisar

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  3. Tusen tack för jättesnygg väska

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  4. I like this bag! I prefer something bigger but it could be interesting to have one in smaller size. Malta gave us a lot of unexpected experiences (in October our son was born but it turned out that he has congenital heart disease and now I don't have time to sew). But after unpleasant winter I hope to find time to start hexagons. regards :)

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  5. I really like this bag because of all the handbag hardward that has been used. I've not made a bag with a zip before and as this has 3 I think I will be much more confident about zips once I have made it

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    1. Thank you! I hope you will be more confident, zippers are such a useful thing once one becomes accustomed to using them. And the ones in this bag are really easy to do =)

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  6. thanks so much for sharing this! the bag is lovely!!!
    Clelia

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  7. Very nice of you to give us this pattern. Love your bag and already went to Craftsy and got it.
    Thank you
    Jean Manna

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    1. Aww, I'm so glad you like it, thank you! <3

      If anything is unclear or any of you find any issues with it, please don't hesitate to let me know =)

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  8. Super cute.Love your fabrics combo.Thanks for the tutorial!!

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  9. Love this!
    Do you know if an iPad fits in here?

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    1. Thank you! =)
      I'm afraid I don't own an iPad so I don't know, but based on the measurements I found online it should fit very precisely =)

      I can just fit my Nexus 10 tablet in there, but if you're uncertain, why not add an extra inch on the height of the bag (add 1" to all the exterior pieces on the long side and to the lining pieces, you won't have to adjust anything else really as all pockets and things are width based) and you should be very safe size wise?

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  10. I do not see what size the seams are. Have I missed it? I have mine cut out and started to sew it together, but did not know what size to make the seams. I love the pattern and am anxious to make it. I have already made two small lines zipper bags out of the outer fabric to match. Help!

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  11. Thanks for edit 2. I am going to work on it later today.

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    1. So sorry I didn't realize sooner! I felt every last strand of my blonde hair when it was brought to my attention! XD

      I'm so used to everything having a 1/4" seam allowance it didn't even cross my mind! ^^

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    2. No problem. I even read through the pattern before cutting it out. It was so detailed and clear that I didn't even notice until I started to sew. Thanks for the additional info.

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  12. I'm stuck... I downloaded the pdf and it has all the instructions, but not the pattern itself. Help?

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    1. Oh, and if it helps, the pdf has 17 pages and the 17th page has the start of the pattern, I think, but only the Top Flap piece is on it. =(

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    2. So sorry if it's unclear!
      The rest of the pieces are just rectangles to be cut according to the cutting instructions on page 2, just cut those pieces for the pieces of the rest of the bag =)

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    3. Oh my goodness, I feel so silly for not noticing. Thank you so much, I can't wait to get started now!
      (And it wasn't unclear once I actually read through the pattern, I had only scrolled through it looking for the pattern pieces to print out)

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    4. Please don't feel silly, I'd probably have done the same thing! Most bag patterns do come with actual pattern pieces =)

      Would love to see the finished bag when you're done ^^

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  13. oi gostei muito das suas ideias,
    e essa bolsa muito linda
    vou tentar fazer rsrsr.
    sua nova seguidora
    Mônica
    http://artesanatoeartesmanuais.blogspot.com.br/

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  14. I so love this bag pattern! Thank you for sharing it so freely! I am curious....I don't seem to have a source here in the Midwest USA for bag handles. Any ideas? Thanks, M

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    1. I'm so glad to hear you like it! =D
      I'd recommend Etsy.com, there are many lovely bag making accessory sellers there =)

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  15. Hello Maria
    Thank you for this wonderful tuto.
    I plan to do it for one of my friend and are wondering what king of interfacing you use (do you have a web link?)
    Thank you
    Sandrine

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    1. Thank you for your kind words! I hope you'll have much fun making it for your friend =)

      I use "fast 2 fuse" interfacing: http://www.equilter.com/product/53478/fast-2-fuse-interfacing-22-wide

      But I don't do as recommended and cut the pieces of fast 2 fuse smaller then the pattern, I like the added stability the bag gets from have the interfacing in the seams. =)

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  16. Hi Maria,

    I am from Spain, I thank you for this wonderful tutorial with photos that have developed.
    I have had trouble converting measures and it has been a little different.
    I am very happy with the result. I can not put photo on Flickr, but I leave the link in my blog to see my bag:
    http://lascositasdenines.blogspot.com.es/2014/04/un-bolso-primaveral-y-rums.html

    Thank you,

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    1. Thank you so very much for sharing your lovely bag with me! <3
      I love your fabric choices, it looks so happy!

      I'm really sorry to hear you had troubles with the measurements :(

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  17. Thank you so much for your generosity and sharing! I love this bag! Of course I'm a sucker for pockets-the more the merrier, I feel. I was hoping and wondering if I could get you to send me the pattern since I really don't want to join Craftsy....yet another password to forget :-D
    Thanks in advance
    My email addy is 2rockmist@gmail.com

    Thanks again!!
    Pkae

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  18. How nice and generous of you to offer a free pattern! Can't wait to try it out.

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