Wool Bag

I purchased a steal off of eBay last year. You should know: this is no easy task for me. I am that girl who somehow still spends $86 at thrift stores.


I’ve also discovered that I’m the person who has “I will buy everything” stamped across my forehead. (Walking through the mall is no easy task). I’m constantly stopped by those eager Egyptian salespeople selling lotions “straight from the Red Sea!”

Why of course I want a sample and the test scrub and ohmyword it comes in cute little jars?! Here is all my money!!!

(Side note: If any one wants Dead Sea salt lotions and soaps I have a bunch collecting dust in my bathroom. Email me if interested.)

I do not know how I got off on that topic, but can we just discuss the fact that I found a small scrap of beautiful Pendleton wool on eBay for a killer price? You better believe I was the highest bidder!

Ever since, I have been waiting for extra time (ha ha ha) to sew something out of it.

Pendleton wool is gorgeous and even a little piece of it will go a long way. You won’t need much to make a statement. I like how only the top part of this bag has a strip of the Pendleton wool, and the over all pattern of the bag is extremely simple. It also took me barely an hour to make. (Mostly because I used rivets to attach the leather handles. Homemade fabric handles -while extremely satisfactory- are pure work. Let’s all be honest with ourselves!)

P.S. I’ve been on a rivet kick, and at this point there is no looking back. I almost added some to my knit dress, if that tells you anything! Someone come and save me from myself.

Wool Bag

Skill Level: Must know how to sew using a sewing machine at a beginner/intermediate level


1/3 yard plain wool (for outside bag’s bottom)

1/4 yard Pendleton wool (for outside bag’s top strip)

1/2 yard cotton (for inside of bag)

1/2 yard fusible webbing (I used a medium thickness, but this is up to you and how thick you would like your bag)

4 rivets (I detailed how to install rivets here, so read through for a refresher!)

Scrap of leather

Basic Sewing Supplies

Leather hole punch and hammer (for setting rivets)


Fabric marker

Rotary blade, ruler and mat (optional)


Cut out your pieces using a rotary blade, ruler and mat (most accurate), or a ruler, fabric marker and scissors (will work in a pinch):

  • Two plain wool pieces: 10 1/4″ x 15″ (for bottom of bag’s outside)
  • Two Pendleton wool pieces: 8 1/2″ x 15″ (for the top strip of bag’s outside)
  • Two cotton pieces: 18 1/4″ x 15″ (for inside bag)
  • Two fusible webbing pieces: 18 1/4″ x 15″ (for lining bag)
  • Two leather strips: 1 1/2″ x 15″ or desired length (for handles)


Sewn with 1/4″ seam allowance 

  1. Sew one 8 1/2″ wool strip right sides together to the 10 1/4″ wool strip. Repeat. (These are now your front and back purse pieces). Line each of the wrong sides with the fusible webbing, using your iron to press to the webbing to fabric following manufactor’s instruction.
  2. Sew the front and back of the bag right sides together, leaving one 15″ side opened. Sew the two lining pieces right sides together, leaving one 15″ side opened, as well as a 9″ hole on the 18 1/4″ side. (I forgot to do this, but don’t make my same mistake! Otherwise you’ll need the seamripper!).
  3. Make the gusset. Using both your main bag pieces and lining pieces: fold corners into a triangle by placing the bottom bag’s seam evenly on top of the side seam. Pin well so that these seams are matching perfectly. Trust me, this makes a biiiig difference between a holly homemade bag, and a professionally sewn purse.
  4. Measure up from the corner seam 2″, and draw a horizontal line from side to side.
  5. Sew directly on this line and trim the excess fabric from the seam.
  6. Your finished bag and lining should look something like this. The inside lining should be inside out, and the main bag should be right side out.
  7. Place the main bag inside the lining, with right sides together. Pin all around the top well.
  8. Sew around the top. Flip the bag right side out through the 9″ opening left in the lining.
  9. Press the lining inside the bag. Top stitch around the top edge if desired.

Making the Handles

A. Get your leather handles, rivets and bag all together.

B. I placed my handles 5″ from the edge, and marked the spot.

C. And 1.5″ from the top edge.

D. Using a pin or fabric marker, mark where you would like your rivet.

E. Install your rivet using the how to in my blog post (here!). Repeat for opposite handle’s side, and the other handle.
Finish up your bag by pressing the lining’s raw edges of the 9″ hole in 1/4″, and then the folded edge together. Top stitch across the folded edge. (You could add a “made by” tag here! Tutorial on how to make coming soon!)

You’re finished! And I want to see! Tag me on Instagram, and use the hashtag #woolbag. Have fun!

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