The Presidio Purse

Recently the lovely Erin of SeamstressErin put the callout for pattern testers for her new Presidio Purse Pattern. I do love a good bag and this one promised to be big, so I thought why not?

Now she is not wrong when she describes this as oversized, this thing is awesomely HUGE in fact Shanni described it as “A functional bag perfect to fit everything INCLUDING the kitchen sink!”


To be honest, when I was cutting it out I was getting a little worried, these pieces seemed big and I was sure it was going to be too big to be functional. However, the end result is pretty cool and perfect for carrying everything you might happen to need.  Especially good to include a knitting project (or two!). In the picture above, I have my wallet, a half completed jumper knitting project, a book and an iPad, with room for plenty more, although not sure how my shoulder would cope with the potential weight! I think it would be great as an aircraft carry on too.

I made this up with scraps out of my stash. The outside is a cotton drill. The lining is a quilting cotton ordered online that wasn’t the same as the picture when it arrived, it has been languishing in my stash for ages waiting for just such a project!! I used less than a metre of each fabric.

There are two internal pockets, one zippered and the other divided into pen and phone sizes.


Optional D-ring Hardware

I had trouble buying the size D-ring the pattern specifies at my local store so adjusted the strap to fit what I could get (38mm instead of 50mm). A quick search online shows these are available if you are more patient than me.  Of course, there is a different strap option with the pattern to omit these completely.

Also optional is to omit the insets or to have them more gathered

Overall the pattern was straightforward to put together and could be attempted by a confident beginner.

What I liked:
– ease of construction
– loads of helpful instructions and diagrams
– a good stash buster
– options to customize
– the PDF pattern only has a few pages to stick together and there are helpful guides to ensure you stick straight

What I would change for next time:
– even though the point is for a large bag, this is a little too large for me. I would shrink the pattern to remake it (easy to do either when printing or with a photocopier). Bear in mind if you do this the straps would need to change and also perhaps the internal phone pocket
– add detail piping, on the other test makes (flickr group) the ones with piping look more professional
– perhaps use a more sturdy fabric, my bag is particularly hobo-like

Did you know Erin is hosting a sewalong? It started a couple of days ago, but it’s not too late to get in on the action, as we all know the internet keeps things forever!!

Presidio Purse

Pattern – Presidio Purse Pattern
Fabric – 1m of cotton drill & 1m of quilting weight cotton from my stash (although last year so doesn’t count towards my diet)
Notions – Zippers & thread from my stash

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