Tortoise Bag Pattern

Tortoise Bag Pattern

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The Tortoise Bag is a stylish bag that features a unique top zip closure, front handles, and side strap. The pattern is available in 3 different size options,

Finished Size:

  • small 9” long x 9” high x 5” deep                                        (23cm x 23cm x 12.7cm)
  • medium 11-1/2” long x 8-1/2” high x 6-1/4” deep               (29cm x 21.6cm x 16cm)
  • large 13” long x 11” high x 7” deep                                     (33cm x 28cm x 18cm)



.Tortoise Bag

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You’ll Need:

  • 3/4 yard (0.7 metre) of Exterior Fabric (For inspiration, check the Fabric Inspiration for Bag Making post)
  • 3/4 yard (0.7 metre) of Lining Fabric
  • 1/2 yard (0.5 metre) of solid fabric (quilting cotton or leather) for piping, handles, and strap
  • 1/2 yard (0.5 metre) of foam interfacing (By Annie’s Soft and Stable, Pellon Flex Foam, Bosal In-R-Form, or automotive headliner; if using Flex Foam, it is only 20” wide so please purchase double).  I would use Eva Floor Underlayment –  it is cheaper and doesn’t crease as the Foam Interfacing does – give it a try!
  • 2-1/2 yards (2.25 metre) of 20” wide Pellon SF-101 Shape Flex fusible woven interfacing (medium-weight fusible)
  • 1/4 yard (0.25 metre) of Pellon Peltex #71F one-sided fusible ultra-firm interfacing
  • Four 1” metal rectangles
  • Two triangle rings (or substitute d-rings) with 1” opening (2.5cm)
  • Two swivel clips with 1” opening (2.5cm)
  • One 9” (22.85cm) zipper for zippered pocket in lining
  • Two #3 All-Purpose Zippers (same color) – small – 14” (35.5cm)
    medium – 18” (45.75cm)
    large – 18” (45.75cm)
    *It is vital to use a #3 zipper (skirt/dress zipper) here for this design. Do not use metal zippers.
  • Optional false bottom:1 sheet ultra stiff plastic cross stitch template and foam core board (in school supply section)
    For optional piping:
  • 5/32” cotton cording (I use Dritz Cable Cord) – (small – 1-1/4 yard; medium – 1-1/2 yard; large – 2 yards) (1.10 metre- 1.4 metre – 1.8 metre)
  • 2 yards (1.8 metre) of 1/2” (1.27cm) wide Pellon Wonder Under fusible web tape (or washable glue stick)


Check out a few inspiring Tortoise Bags from around the web:

Tortoise Bag


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Happy sewing,

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