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Swoon Patterns Nora Doctor Bag – Paper Pattern


Nora is a classic handbag inspired by doctor bag purses of the past. True to the style, this bag opens wide but does not require an expensive frame. There is one large, zippered pocket in the lining. Two sizes are included in this sewing pattern.


Small Handbag: 11″ x 8.5″ x 5.5″
Large Handbag: 13.5″ x 10″ x 6″


1/2 yard 44” wide woven quilting weight exterior fabric (1/3 yard for Handbags)

2/3 yard 44” wide quilting weight or vinyl contrasting fabric

2/3 yard 44” wide quilting weight lining fabric (1 yard for Traveler)

3 yards fusible woven interfacing (Pellon Shapeflex SF101) (4 yards for Traveler)

1 yard 20” wide foam interfacing (Pellon FlexFoam) (or 1/2 yard Soft & Stable)

1/2 yard fusible stabilizer (Pellon Peltex 71F)

Four 1” rectangle rings (3/4” for Small Handbag)

One 9” all-purpose zipper (7” for Small Handbag)

One small turn lock

1 yard 1/4” plastic boning with cover (1.5 yards for Traveler)

Coordinating thread

Fabric clips (Binder Clips, Wonder Clips) (Optional)

Fabric glue (Beacon Fabri-tac) (Optional)

You should already be somewhat familiar with sewing patterns and common sewing terms.


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