How to Turn a Bouclé Blazer Into a Cute Baguette Bag (Free Pattern)

by VeganVenus
11 Materials
2 Hours

I am excited today because I’m making a DIY baguette bag and sharing my free baguette bag pattern, even though I've not made a bag before. I’ve never been much of a purse person, but I saw this bag on Instagram and fell in love.

I decided I would make a cute bouclé baguette bag myself! I couldn’t find fabric that I liked online, so I ended up thrifting a bouclé blazer, which was perfect because it had matching lining and a belt I can use for a strap.

So let’s get started on this baguette bag tutorial and learn how to make a baguette bag together!

Tools and materials:

  • Baguette bag pattern
  • Bouclé fabric
  • Lining fabric
  • Interfacing fleece
  • Paper
  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • Metal rings
  • Jewelry pliers
  • Pins
  • Snap closures
  • Sewing machine
DIY baguette bag sewing pattern

1. Make the baguette bag pattern

I used these dimensions to create the baguette bag pattern. 

Cutting out the baguette bag pattern pieces

2. Cut the fabric

I used the pattern to cut the bouclé fabric, the lining fabric, and the interfacing fleece.

For the bouclé fabric and lining, I cut the bottom piece of the bag in half, in the center. I left the bottom interfacing piece in one long strip. 

Cutting notches at the corners and centers

3. Cut notches

I folded all my pieces in half and notched the corners to mark the centers.

Making a baguette bag

4. Sew the bottom

Next, I sewed the bottom pieces of the lining together, as well as the bottom pieces of the bouclé fabric. 

Sewing a baguette bag

5. Sew the bottom to the sides

For all three fabrics, I pinned the bottom piece to one of the side pieces of the bag and sewed them all down.

For the bouclé fabric, I left about 3 centimeters (1 inch) unsewn at each top corner, because I will be folding it inwards later.

How to sew a baguette bag

Next, I snipped the seam allowance on the curved parts of the bag, which will help all the fabric lay nice and flat. I did this for all three fabrics. 

DIY baguette bag tutorial

Then I pinned the second side piece of the bag of each type of fabric into place, and sewed them down, again leaving the same 3 centimeters (1 inch) unsewn at the top corners of the boucle fabric.

Snipping the curved edges along the seam allowance

Once everything was sewn down, I snipped the seam allowance on the curved parts of the fabric.

Inserting the interfacing and lining

6. Insert the interfacing and lining

I inserted the lining into the interfacing, with the right side of the fabric facing out.

I folded the lining fabric over the top of the interfacing and pinned it down all along the top edge. Then I sewed it in place. 

How to make a baguette bag

Then I inserted the lining and interfacing into the baguette bag and used a few items to weigh it down, so the fabric wouldn’t move around while I was pinning.

I folded 3 centimeters (1 inch) of the top edge inward and folded the raw edge under as I pinned the bouclé fabric to the lining. Then, I stitched everything in place. 

Metal rings for the baguette bag

7. Attach the strap rings

I used these metal rings from an old pair of earrings to attach the straps to the bag. However, you can also just buy rings like this at a craft store. 

First, I used my jewelry pliers to remove the rings from their chains.

Making tabs for the metal rings

I used the ring to measure how much of the fabric on the sides of the bag I would need to fold over to hold the ring in place.

I added a few centimeters so I could fold the raw edge in, and cut the excess fabric off. Then, I folded the sides of the strips inwards, tapering towards the top, and pinned them down. 

Sewing down the tabs for the bag strap

I popped over to the sewing machine and sewed down the sides of the strips. Then I folded a few centimeters down at the top of the strip and sewed that down as well. 

I placed the rings on the side strips and hand-sewed them in place since the fabric was now too bulky to run through the machine. 

Attaching the strap to the DIY baguette bag

8. Attach the strap

I used the belt of the blazer as a strap. I just measured on my body how long I wanted the strap, cut it to size, and hand-sewed the strap onto the rings. 

Attaching the press stud closure to the baguette bag

9. Attach closure

Finally, I attached press studs for the closure, since I didn’t have a zipper that worked well with this bag. 

DIY baguette bag from a blazer

How to make a DIY baguette bag out of a blazer

My DIY baguette bag is complete! Do you love this bag as much as I do? Let me know what you think of my blazer-to-purse transformation in the comments.

If you use my baguette bag pattern to make a cute bouclé purse of your own, I would love to see the results.  

Suggested materials:
  • Boucle fabric
  • Lining fabric
  • Interfacing fleece
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