The LaRue Bag Pattern was inspired by the movie “The Devil Wears Prada” and it is a versatile bag, you can wear it as a tote, messenger bag, or remove the straps and carry the bag as a clutch. The bag features an internal zippered pocket and a cell phone pocket. The finished measures are 12″ wide x 20″ tall. This pattern has been out there for a few years but it still has a unique shape and looks fashionable and modern.
Any fabric will work for this simple bag but this is a great project to be creative in your fabric selection, try faux leather, faux suede, metallic fabrics, or even fur. I used faux suede for my version of this bag.
Picture from Cosiendo y Aprendiendo
It is also a good opportunity to embelish your bag, use studs, crystals, or embroider your bag!
In my version of the bag I used a flower design and I used rivets at the center of the flower.
The original bag was made using distressed leather and was embellished with gold studs in the corner.
- 1/2 yd main fabric (60″ wide)
- Fusible interfacing (optional depending on the fabric you use)
- 1/4 yard for the strap, loops & tassle trim.
- 12” zipper for the interior pocket
- 1⁄2” D-rings
- 2 – G-ring clamps 4”
- fine chain and 2 – 1⁄2″ ‘O’ ring for the fringe detail
- Rivets (to embellish your bag)
Larue Bag Pattern Download
There are 7 pattern pieces and 17 pages to print. When cutting make sure you have mirror pieces. I cut two pieces in the same direction 🙁
This is the sketch of the pattern and the free download is from the Hot Patterns website.
The sewing instructions are included in the pattern, It is a bag easy to sew. In a nutshell:
- Cut pattern pieces and fuse a stabilizer on the exterior pieces (I used fusible fleece)
- Embellish the bag exterior
- Sew the pockets to the lining pieces
- sew the exterior of the bag – take into consideration that part of one of the sides are the handles and that the belt loops should be attached.
- sew the lining leaving an opening to turn the bag and sew it to the exterior around the handles.
- Finish the armhole using bias binding
- Sew the bag strap and the tassle trim.
I hope you like it.
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The pictures of the distressed leather bag used in this posts are from Amazon – this bag used to be on sale at Amazon but it is no longer available.