This listing is for a DOWNLOADABLE PDF pattern only! You are not purchasing a completed handbag!


With this purchase you will receive a PDF pattern with full pattern pieces, detailed pictures, and step by step instructions on how to make your own Monroe handbag. We’ve included instructions for 2 handle options: rolled or flat. It is recommended that if you choose to make the rolled handle option, you use a non fraying material such as cork/vinyl/leather because the long edge is left raw and painted using leather edge paint.  If you choose to use fabric, we recommend sticking with the flat handle option. 


This is an intermediate pattern, in that it uses advanced bag making techniques that require the sewer to have a general familiarity with bag making, and uses tools/materials that a beginner may not have on hand. This is not recommended for someone brand new to sewing. 


You may sell the items you make from this pattern on a small scale handmade basis, and credit is appreciated. (Not intended for commercial use.)

Monroe Handbag PDF sewing pattern, diy handbag, small purse tutorial

  • Some of the pattern pieces are oriented landscape and some in portrait mode due to their shapes and sizes in order to fit onto the page. It’s not uncommon for a printer to default to a different printing percentage in order to get it to print “right”. So for my printer for example, I choose letter size but then it defaults to “fit to printable area”. I have to unclick that box and click the blank box and type “100%”. Also you’ll want to make sure that neither the “portrait” nor “landscape” button is checked, because it needs to be on “auto”.

    Specs: this bag measures approximately 10 ½” across, by 7 ¼” tall, by 4” deep. As written, the drop length of the handles is 5”. It features one exterior back slip pocket, 2 interior slip pockets, a recessed zipper top closure, optional D ring add-on to clip a crossbody strap to, and the side gussets snap and unsnap for a more spacious interior.

    •    ⅓ yard exterior fabric

    •    ⅓ yard accent (vinyl, cork or leather is preferred) 

    •    ⅓ yard waterproof canvas

    •    1 yard of 17” wide Decovil Light (or fusible fleece)

    •    ¼ yard Pellon 71F Peltex (or Decovil Heavy)

    •    ¼ yard of 20” wide woven interfacing

    •    (2) sets of 12.5 mm spring snaps with setting tool

    •    (1) 12” zipper by the yard or 14” purse zipper

    •    (1) zipper end cap (and mini screwdriver to install)

    •    (4) Purse feet (*optional)

    •    (4) 1” rectangle rings

    •    (11) small (6mm) double cap rivets 

    •    22” of ⅜” cotton or polyester filler cord (*for rolled handle option)

    •    ¼” Double sided tape 

    •    Lighter or FrayCheck ™                    

    •    Leather glue or Beacon Fabri-Tac™

    •    Wonder clips

    •    Removable marking pen

    •    Sharp scissors

    •    Rotary leather punch or 5/32” hole punch 

    •    Leather edge paint & applicator or Aleene’s Fabric Fusion™ (*optional) 

    •    800 grit sandpaper (*optional)

    •    (2) ½” D rings (*optional if wanting to be able to add a body strap) 


    For a video tutorial showing how this bag is made, check out our YouTube channel, Linds Handmade Designs

  • Please note, there are no refunds on PDF patterns once the pattern has been downloaded.