Made By Rae Bonsai Bag - Downloadable Pattern


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Pattern delivered as an electronic download.

The Bonsai Bag Sewing Pattern is a digital PDF sewing pattern. The Bonsai Bag is a medium-sized tote perfect for showing off a favorite fabric, a quilted panel or an embroidery sample. The pleated outer panel helps frame the center with optional contrast trim such as pompoms, ric-rac, piping or lace. This fully lined bag includes an inner pocket and a magnetic snap closure. Detailed instructions are also included for a recessed zipper closure. Tied handles and decorative rings add a fun and professional look.


Purse: 11” tall x 14” wide
Straps: about 24” when tied, includes rings and tabs


Detailed step-by-step instructions

Instructions for two types of closures: magnetic snap AND recessed zipper

Full color diagrams and photos illustrating each step, including multiple views of select steps

Handy “Instruction Cheat Sheet,” a brief one-page summary of the steps so you don’t have to print entire file for reference

Complete set of full-sized pattern pieces (print out and attach together before cutting)

Hints and tips for sewing the Bonsai Bag

License page with information for handmade sellers (see below)


  • 1/3 yard of fabric for center panels
  • 1/3 yard of fabric for straps (if using the same fabric as pleated outer panel, you’ll need 2/3 yd total)
  • 1/4 yard of bottom-weight fabric (corduroy, linen, twill, home dec) for pleated outer panel and ring tabs
  • 1/2 yard of lining fabric
  • 1/3 yard canvas, flannel, or heavy-weight fusible interfacing (such as Decor Bond) for reinforcing center panels and straps
  • one magnetic snap and two 2” squares of fusible interfacing (only if using magnetic snap)
  • OR one 14” zipper
  • one package of four plastic purse rings (you could also use metal or wood rings here)
  • 1/2 yard of trim such as pompoms, ric-rac, or lace

Remember to prewash your fabric!

Designer Terms of Use:  Home sewists who purchase this pattern may sell handmade Bonsai Bags made with this pattern provided they give design credit on tags or listings and register their shop or business once ready to sell.  More details can be found on the license page included in the PDF.

Format:  PDF File - Available for Instant Download
Pages: 24 (Instructions + Illustrations -18, Pattern Sheets - 6)
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