Coming up Roses Bag Pattern

Everything’s Coming Up Roses

Complete your Valentine’s Day ensemble by designing this retro-inspired rose print bag! A fresh take on the classic dowel bag, this purse is part nostalgic and part modern. This bag pattern is a beginner-level project that can be completed in an afternoon, so you can whip up a cute purse for date night in no time at all. Combine this romantic bag with your favorite pair of jeans and a flirty top for a fab night-out look!

Time: Afternoon project

Skill Level: Beginner

Finished Measurements: Length: 11’’. Width; 11’’.


  • (Fabric 1) 1/2 yard cotton print fabric (45’’ width)
  • (Fabric 2) 1/2 yard solid colored light canvas fabric (45’’ width)
  • Medium weight iron-on interfacing
  • Matching thread
  • (2) 12’’ wooden dowels, approximately 2 1/2’’ in circumference
  • Pattern Diagram – located at the bottom of this page


  • Rotary cutter
  • Cutting mat
  • Ruler
  • Scissors (if not using a rotary cutter)
  • Safety pins or Wonder Clips
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine
  • Tailor’s chalk

Designer Notes:

Fabric 1 will be the outside (right side) of your bag.



  1. Measure out and cut 1 panel of A from all fabrics and interfacing. Measure out and cut 2 panels of B from all fabrics and interfacing.
  2. Iron interfacing panels onto wrong sides of Fabric 1 panels. Iron out all wrinkles from all panels before sewing.


  1. Pin one pair of Fabric 1 and 2 right sides together from B panels. Starting anywhere along the straight edge, sew around the entire edge of fabric using a 1/2’’ seam allowance. Leave a 3’’ space between beginning and ending to turn fabric. Backstitch at both ends. Repeat the process with the other two panels of B.
  2. Clip corners and rounded edge. Turn the panels right side out, taking care to push out all edges. Tuck in raw turning space and iron panels flat.
  3. Starting anywhere, sew around the entire edge of both panels using 1/4’’ seam allowance. Connect beginning and end, backstitching both. Trim all threads. Set aside.
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 for panels of A.


  1. Fold finished panel A in half horizontally and mark either side of the middle with a pin. Fold each B panel in half vertically and mark the rounded middle point with a pin.
  2. With right sides out, match up one pin from panel A with the pin from one panel B. Pin around the entire length of panel B’s curved edge. Repeat this process along the other side. Sew along pinned edges using a 1/4’’ seam allowance. Try to stitch into previous seams, careful to backstitch along the beginning and end.
  3. Fold over and pin each of the 4 bag handle straps to the wrong side of the fabric at 2 1/4’’. Sew a straight stitch 1/4’’ and 1/2’’ from the folded over edge to create a fabric loop that the dowels will slide into. After all four loops are sewn, insert dowels. If a tighter fit is needed, sew another straight stitch at 5/8’’ from folded edge.
  4. Clip all threads to finish.

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  • Caroline B.

    The trouble with this is that it is not safe enough without a zip or other bag closure, IMHO. So although I love the design, I certainly wouldn’t use it as a purse.

    • Ashley J.

      Hi Caroline! You’re right, a zipper would definitely not work with this bag. A magnetic closure at the top of the bag’s body might work as an option though! Have a great day! – Ashley, WeLikeSewing


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