Projects – Reversible slouch shoulder bag.

This is a project I wrote for Love Sewing magazine a while ago. It has also been a firm favourite in class. I have seen lots of different versions being made from craft bag versions in bright funky prints to mock suede and corduroy simple lined versions and others like this in plain or printed cotton or linen. Its a great project for beginners who are perhaps trying their second or third sewing project. It is also a good make if you just wanted to pop along to a Saturday morning session for some social sewing fun and come away with a completed bag at the end of it!

I designed the bag to be reversible but like all projects you can make it your own so it doesn’t have to be reversible.

Fabric requirements:

65cm outer fabric – at least 112cm/44″ wide. I used Sevenberry linen.

65cm inner fabric or lining – at least 112cm/44″ wide. I used Robert Kaufman Essex yarn dyed cotton/linen

2 buttons 30mm or toggles. You would only need one if you make it single sided.

There are some useful skills for beginners included in the project. The bag gets its shape from the darts at the base of the bag, with darts on the outer and the lining you will probably have mastered darts by the end of the project!

The bag is fastened with a tab and button. A good opportunity to learn about where to position the button and making a buttonhole.

The bag is top-stitched around the upper edge. The strap and tab can also be top-stitched.

The inside could be a co-ordinating plain or patterned fabric or something completely contrasting.

It makes a great gift as well as a handy bag for yourself!

If you would like to make this bag during a class please get in touch.


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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...


  1. Anne on June 11, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    Hi, I would love to make the slouch shoulder bag, but can’t find the pattern, it is no longer on the Love Sewing magazine, can you tell me where I could find this pattern.



    • Julia Claridge on June 14, 2021 at 10:50 am

      Hi Anne, I’m sorry to hear it is no longer available on Love sewing website. I haven’t published this pattern but perhaps I should!

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