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Mrs H – The Hope Handbag – Paper Pattern


The essence of The Hope Handbag is style through simplicity – with a budget-friendly materials list, the use of skill building techniques to create structure, and lots of potential for customisation. The petite purse has small grab handles that are perfect for holding in your hand, and is an ideal size to carry as an every day bag. The finished dimensions of The Hope Handbag are 11 1/2″ wide x 9″ high x 5″ deep (29cm x 23cm x 12.5cm).

The Hope Handbag sewing pattern guides you through how to create faux rolled handles that nestle perfectly in your hand. Inside is a zip pocket and slip pocket, and the central space is secured by a top zip closure. If you already follow Mrs H, you’ll know that she’s usually a huge fan of using lots of blingy hardware, however with The Hope Handbag, she’s tried to keep the hardware list small. This past year has been a challenge for so many of us, and she wanted The Hope Handbag to be budget-friendly. Although The Hope Handbag is low on bling, it has a lovely large front panel to play with. You could fussy cut a feature fabric, use applique , or add a little embroidery.

Or, how about a patchwork panel for the front? During testing, Mrs H created a patchwork hack for the front panel, with the option to add a small slip pocket that is just the right size for a travel pass. If you’re purchasing the Hope Handbag direct from us, we’ll automatically add this bonus file to the downloads area of your account. If you’ve picked up your pattern from one of our lovely retailers, please click here to download the patchwork panel instructions for free:


Pattern Features

The Hope Handbag is classified as a beginner/advanced beginner level bag sewing pattern. It is written in UK English and has been thoroughly tested by a team of expert pattern testers

The Hope Handbag sewing pattern features comprehensive instructions, pattern pieces, and colour photographs.

The Hope Handbag has finished dimensions of 11 1/2″ wide x 9″ high x 5″ deep (29cm x 23cm x 12.5cm)


  • ½ yd (0.4m) Exterior – This pattern is not designed for use with thicker fabrics like canvas,vinyl etc.
  • ¾ yd (0.6m) Lining
  • 36” x 10” (91cm x 25.cm) Contrast
  • 2 yd (1.8m) Medium weight interfacing (40″ or 90cm wide)
  • ½ yd (0.4m) Foam Stabilizer (30” or 75cm wide)
  • 10 ½” x 4” (27cm x 10cm) Bag base such as plastic canvas or a thin chopping mat
  • (1) x 12″ (30.5cm) #5 zip for the top (If using continuous zip, use 14” (35.5cm) of tape.)
  • (1) x 9″ (23cm) #3 zip for the zipped pocket or use longer and cut to size
  • (1) x Metal Zip End
  • (4) 12mm – 14mm Bag feet
Tools & Notions
  • Double sided basting tape
  • Zip foot
  • Walking foot
  • Fray Check
  • Pressing Cloth
  • Pinking Shears

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