Betty Bowler Bag by Swoon Patterns

I love making bags and I love a great bag pattern!  When I bought my digital copy of the Betty Bowler Bag by Swoon Patterns, I couldn’t wait to get started!  I will admit that this project might intimidate even the most skilled bag maker.  Whether it is the fear of all that piping or the curved shape – I knew I had to just jump right in and give it a try!

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Betty Bowler Bag Supply List

Basic Sewing Supplies Needed

Making the Betty Bowler Bag

One of the things I love about Swoon Patterns is how straight forward the patterns are written.  I recommend that you read through the entire pattern before you get started.  This will give you an idea of how the pieces go together.  The first thing you will do is cut and prepare your fabric, foam and interfacing.  If this is your first time making this bag, I would recommend you cut and prep your bag at least a day before you start assembling.

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If you have a directional fabric, I encourage you to take your time and cut with intention.

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As shown above, I cut my fabric pieces at the same time.  I separately cut my interfacing and foam.  As you can imagine, the thickness can become too much for a precise cut.

I would recommend that you make your own piping.  Making your own piping is easier than you think!  When you make your own piping you can be sure to get the precise color or pattern to match the rest of your bag.  Take a look at the great tutorial that the Swoon Pattern company has given. (linked above in the supply list)

Betty Bowler Bag - making Piping 1

Betty Bowler Bag - Making Piping 2

Now you get to put your bag together!  I would recommend you watch the step by step tutorial that BirdCage and Thread made in 2016.  I have linked her video below.

I plan to make several more of these bags.  I’m even contemplating some faux leather accents!  Wouldn’t that be grand!

Comment below with any questions or tell us your experience with making your own Betty Bowler Bag.  I would love to hear from you!

Happy Sewing!

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Check out these tips and tricks to make your own Betty Bowler Bag by Swoon Patterns. It's easier than you think! Video tutorial and pattern info #sewing #bagmaking #bettybowlerbag #sewingtutorials #sewing #tutorials #luggage
Check out these tips and tricks to make your own Betty Bowler Bag by Swoon Patterns. It's easier than you think! Video tutorial and pattern info #sewing #bagmaking #bettybowlerbag #sewingtutorials #sewing #tutorials #luggage

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5 thoughts on “Betty Bowler Bag by Swoon Patterns

  1. Jennifer S. says:

    Wow! I just love this bag! I bought the pattern and made one for myself. I showed my friend and she asked me to make her one too!

  2. Michael Gustafson says:

    I’m having problems with the pattern and some questions about completing this bag. I’m at the point of sewing the lining gusset together but its not adding up. Can you give me some assistance or tips?

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