How to Sew a Baguette Bag With a Ruched Strap Out of a Fluffy Towel

10 Materials
2 Hours

In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to make a ruched baguette bag out of a microfiber towel. Follow along to get the baguette bag sewing pattern and step-by-step instructions to sew this small baguette bag. If you already have a towel to use, then there’s less fabric to buy!

Tools and materials:

  • Microfiber towel
  • Quilt batting
  • Lining fabric
  • Free printable PDF pattern
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Sewing pins
  • Sewing needle
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
DIY baguette bag pattern

1. Cut out the baguette bag pattern

Download the free pattern and cut out the pattern pieces.

Laying out the baguette bag pattern

Lay the pattern pieces on your microfiber towel and cut out the pieces from your fabric and lining material as indicated in the image above. The square-shaped piece is the body of the bag, and the bottle-shaped piece is the bottom and sides of the bag. All pieces should be cut on the fold of the fabric.

In addition to the bag and lining pieces, cut out the same number of pieces from your quilted batting.

Assembling the baguette bag

2. Assemble the baguette bag

With wrong sides together, pin each fabric piece to its matching quilted batting piece.

Sewing the bag batting

Sew the bag pieces to the batting first by sewing down the middle and then sewing around the perimeter.

Sew the bag bottom to the batting around the perimeter.

Attaching the bottom and side pieces

3. Attach the bottom/side piece

Mark the center bottom of one bag piece and the center of the bottom piece. With right sides facing, pin the bag bottom to the bottom of one side of the bag at those center points. 

Pinning the bag pieces together

Then pin the rest of the bottom piece to the bag, pinning it up the sides as shown in the image above.

Sewing the baguette bag

Sew the bottom/side piece to the bag along the outside edge.

How to make a baguette bag

Pin the other side of the bag body to the bottom/side edge piece and sew it in place.

Making zipper tabs for the baguette bag

4. Make zipper tabs

Cut four zipper tabs from your microfiber towel, measuring 2 x 4 centimeters (0.8 x 1.6 inches) each.

Pin 2 tabs to each end of the zipper, one tab on either side of the zipper. The tab at the open end of the zipper should be inset from the end, and the tab at the closed end of the zipper should be flush with the end of the zipper.

Sewing tabs in place

Sew the tabs in place along the outside ends of the tab.

Zipper tabs

Now, flip the tabs out, and you have zipper tabs that will extend outside your bag.

Attaching the zipper

5. Attach the zipper

With right sides together, pin the zipper to the top edge of your bag and sew it in place on both sides. Don’t sew down the tabs.

How to make the bag strap

6. Add a bag strap

Cut a 62 x 2-centimeter (24.4 x 0.78-inch) rectangle of strap material.

Cutting out a piece for the bag strap

Now cut a 124 x 12-centimeter (48.8 x 4.7-inch) rectangle of microfiber towel fabric.

Scrunchie-style bag strap

With the right side facing in, fold the microfiber rectangle in half lengthwise and sew the long open edge. Turn the tube right-side out and thread the strap through the microfiber tunnel. The microfiber cover will bunch up around the inner strap.

Pinning the ends of the strap

Pin the ends of the strap to the inside top of each side of the bag and sew the strap in place. Because of the thickness of fabric at this point, you may need to hand-sew the straps in place instead of using your sewing machine.

Trimming the excess tab fabric

Now trim off the excess tab fabric at the ends.

Sewing the bag lining

7. Sew the bag lining

Follow the same instructions as in steps 2 to 3 to sew the bag lining, but leave a 6-centimeter (2.3-inch) gap on one side at the bottom.

Attaching the lining

8. Attach the lining

With right sides together, insert the lining into the bag and pin it in place. 

Sewing with a zipper foot

Using the zipper foot on your sewing machine, sew the lining to the bag along both top edges near the zipper teeth.

Hand-sewing the lining to the bag

Hand-sew the lining to the bag and the two top corners.

Feeding the bag through the gap

Feed the bag through the gap in the lining and then sew up the gap.

Pushing the lining back into the purse

Push the lining back into the purse and zip up your purse!

How to sew a baguette bag

How to sew a baguette bag

Here’s the final super-soft, scrunchie baguette bag. Fill it up, or, in a pinch, use it as a pillow! Make one for yourself and then let me know how much you love it by leaving a comment.

Suggested materials:
  • Microfiber towel
  • Quilt batting
  • Lining fabric
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