New Pattern! The Holland Road Bag & Review

I am excited to share with you today a wonderful new pattern from Sew Sweetness called The Holland Road Bag!

IMG_0482This is my finished tester bag.  I used a AFG print I found in my stash for the exterior, a pretty red-violet KONA cotton for the straps, and a coordinating pattern for the bag interior.


This is a very quick sew.  If you are a confident beginner you will have no problems sewing up this bag. The only reason I wouldn’t call it a total beginner pattern is because of the construction of the slender oval bag bottom.  Besides that, you can easily sew one of these up in a few hours.

The materials list is minimal. You only need:

  • 1/2 yd of Exterior Fabric
  • 1 yd of Lining Fabric
  • 2/3 yd Accent Fabric for straps
  • 2-1/2 yd of medium-weight fusible interfacing.  Pellon SF101 is my go-to so I highly recommend it!
  • 1/2 yard of By Annie’s Soft and Stable  This gives a bag the cushy feel and stability. Using another interfacing will result in a slouchier bag, so remember that as you sew.
  • Four 1-1/2” wide metal rectangle rings
  • 1/2” magnetic snap    (Which I used)  or a 1-1/2” decorative button for closure

Some testers used purse feet, but I found with the bottom shape being smaller the feet took up too much room.

IMG_0388This pattern has a ton of pockets in the interior.  I love pockets, so this is one of my favorite features.  If you are an experienced sewist, you could easy take out one row of pockets and add a zipper if you want.

I’m a great fan of Sara’s and her work. This pattern (as with all her others) will not disappoint.  Very well written with great step-by-step instructions with photos.  And with finished measurements at: 13” L x 11” T x 2” W,  it’s a perfect size too.  Give it a try!


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