Elementary Bag: Free crossbody bag sewing pattern

Today, I’m happy to offer a free crossbody bag sewing pattern!

I love to make bags. However, I hate using fusibles. The environment doesn’t like fusibles either, given that most are made from polyester. Yet many of the bag patterns out there heavily rely on them. It is not unusual to see a pattern require two or three types of fusible polyester interfacing plus fusible polyester fleece, and of course a zipper or two and some snaps. While I respect the hard work and engineering that went into designing these patterns, I’m rarely interested in making a piece of luggage. I just want to whip up a cute bag.

Elementary Crossbody bags

The Elementary Crossbody bag

Enter my own crossbody bag sewing pattern, the Elementary Crossbody bag, which has none of the fussiness, and all of the casual charm. And it’s easy on the environment – it can use fabrics from your stash, or clothes you no longer want to wear – and the only notion you need is a one-inch button. It measures approximately 9″ x 7.5″ with a 50″ crossbody strap and interior pocket.
Elementary bag interior

Fabric choice is the key to this bag’s sturdiness. It can be made in two different ways:

  • a mid-weight exterior fabric such as denim, corduroy or cotton canvas
  • a light-weight exterior fabric such as quilting cotton, combined with a mid-weight interfacing fabric

The pattern level is definitely easy, but I am assuming some basic sewing experience and familiarity with terminology.

It calls for 1/2 yard exterior fabric, and 1/3 yard lining, but this is a guide if you are purchasing new fabric. If you are using up stash, scraps, or upcycling clothing it requires less.

I hope you will make this and tag me on Instagram with @sustainable.stitching This is my first-ever sewing pattern so I hope you’ll bear with me if there are rough parts!

Download the pattern here.

Happy sewing!


Elementary bag in red