The Boyd St. Bowling Bag Sewing Pattern

4/08/2013 02:53:00 AM

I am very, very excited to share my latest handbag pattern with you!  The Boyd St. Bowling Bag, is finally ready and available HERE in my shop.

The Boyd St. Bowling Bag in Premier Print and Vinyl
The Boyd St. Bowling bag is actually named after the last place I actually bowled.  A couple of years ago, my husband asked me to his work Christmas party at a Bowls club in Chinchilla, Queensland, Australia.  We lived about 4 hrs away from where my husband works, so my son and I made the big trip and joined my husband and the other families for a relaxed evening of pizza and lawn bowls on Boyd St., Chinchilla.  Yes - It's actually a town named Chinchilla.  A hot summer, Christmas, evening. It was quite a unique evening for this Canadian girl.  Lawn bowling at Christmas with beer!
The  Boyd St. Bag made with wool blend coating and brushed cotton straps.
And now, a little bit about the pattern itself:
The Boyd St. Bowling Bag features two attractive pleats on the front and back, and a smooth, rounded bowling bag shape.  It is very spacious, and perfect for any season when made up with your favourite fabrics.  With its shorter handles, this bag carries like a handbag, or swings nicely on the crook of your arm.

Handles made from Nassimi Vinyl from the Online Fabric Store

Included are instructions for a double slip pocket, an internal zipper pocket, and a removable/adjustable shoulder strap made in fabric.  Handbag handle instructions are for fabric, vinyl, or leather.

This pattern suits an experienced intermediate to an advanced sewer.  NOTE:  Sewists attempting to use vinyl or leather must already have vinyl/leather purchasing and sewing experience.  You should know what fabrics work well in multiple layers on your own sewing machine and how to adjust your tension. The vinyl & leather instructions are for an advanced sewist.

Finished Size of bag is approximately:  Length: 16” (41 cm) across bottom, Height: 10” (25 cm) at middle center, Width:  5” (13 cm) wide at bottom. The pattern includes full colour photos and full size pattern pieces that include seam allowances.  Pattern instructions are provided in both imperial and metric measurements.

Bag making hardware and/or a Boyd St. Bowling Bag Hardware Kit, including 6 D-rings, 2 swivel hooks, an adjustable slider, and 6 purse feet can be found HERE.

Bag fabric is a Premier Print from the Online Fabric Store
Fabric and Interfacing:
3/4 yd/0.75 m -  Exterior fabric (light wool coating, canvas, duck, drill, twill, décor cotton or
similar medium weight woven fabric – heavy wool not recommended)
1/2 yd/0.5 m -  Exterior Trim fabric (same as exterior or another medium woven fabric, thin
leather such as lamb, or thin soft upholstery vinyl such as pleather or oil cloth)
1 yd/1 m - Lining fabric (light - medium weight woven fabric like quilting cotton, duck, twill
or home décor cotton)
1 1/2 yd/1.5 m - 20” wide Interfacing for Exterior (Med-Heavy Woven Sew-in or Fusible –
Pellon Shapeflex 101, or similar)
2 yd/2 m - 20” wide Interfacing for Lining (Med Sew-in, Fusible, or Pellon Shapeflex 101)
Scrap (at least 8” x 16”) -  Pellon Peltex 72F Ultra Firm Stabilizer or similar, fusible both sides
1 yds/1 m -  OPTIONAL: Fusible Fleece for Exterior or Lining to add thickness
Scraps Light fusible interfacing for straps and pockets.

(1) 7” (18 cm) zipper for optional interior zipper pocket (1” wide)
(1) 20” (50 cm) or Longer, Closed End zipper to match exterior (1” wide)
(4) D-Rings or Rectangular Rings measuring 1” (25 mm) wide (Inside measurements)
(2) D-Rings 1” (25 mm) wide & (2) matching swivel snap hooks for shoulder strap (optional)
(1) Bag strap slider 1” (25 mm Inside measurements) for adjustable strap (optional)
(6) Purse feet, I use 1/2” (12 mm)
Double-cap studs or speed rivets for tabs & straps 
(optional for fabric, but necessary for leather or vinyl)

I am very thankful for some awesome seamstresses that did pattern testing for me. Thank you so much, ladies! Please have a peek at some of the gorgeous bags made and read about the fabrics and interfacings they have used.

This gorgeous yellow and grey bag is Veronica's from SewVery.  I love it!  She did a great job with a duck cloth exterior, vinyl straps and a canvas lining.  Veronica interfaced her bag with Pellon SF101 and a fusible fleece.  I love this bag!

Can you get any more retro adorable!  This is Roselee's (from Jane of All Trades) super cute oil cloth bag.  She's planning on enjoying this at the beach this summer.  It's standing up proud with oil cloth exterior and lining.  Roselee has used a premade handle, and it works perfectly.  I kind of wish this was mine.

Cindy's (from Raspberry Sunshine) super soft looking bag is made up with denim on the exterior and a home decor lining.  The handles are faux leather and PERFECT!!  I love the color of that vinyl!

I love, love this bold red bag that Natalie (from Carry Hers by Natalie) made.  She used textiline and leather for the exterior and cotton duck for the lining.  It has turned out fantastic!

Rose (from has made a gorgeous floral bag from some lovely printed wool felt and leather trim and handles.  I love the studs Rose has added to her tabs and straps. So pro as always, Rose!

This is Karen Scheer's pretty blue bag.  Karen used some upholstery weight fabric for an all over solid color look.  She's really happy with how the bag turned out and how spacious it is.  I really love its soft look.

I hope you are inspired by the lovely bags these ladies have made.  Please visit my shop for more photos.
Thank you so much for reading!


You can find the Nassimi Vinyl and the chevron Premier Print upholster fabric I used on the grey, white and coral bag at the Online Fabric Store.

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  1. I love this bag, thanks so much, can't wait to get started on it!!

    1. Thank you, Tabatha! I love it too and hope I will have time to make another very soon. Janelle

  2. Replies
    1. Hi Maaike! Thank you so much, I am pretty proud of it!

  3. love them all.. The yellow and grey is my favourite though.. I'm loving that colour combo right now

    1. It's it gorgeous! Veronica did such an amazing job picking those fabrics.

  4. Love the design! Fabulous! And love that you have sewers sharing their creations and your posting them here! Great job! Lisa McManus Lange

  5. Love the design and the yellow/grey color comb!

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  7. Adorable bag! I love how everyone's were completely different.


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