Gena Shoulder Bag PDF Pattern (Digital Download)

$12.50 $9.38

The Gena Shoulder Bag is many bags in one! Featuring a larger outer bag and a removable inner bag, you can make any combination to fit your style. Snaps secure the inner bag in place, forming a divider for the outer bag. When you just want to carry the inner bag, the visible snaps can be tucked and snapped to form a curvy shape.

This panel-friendly design has visible seaming and rivet detailing, and my custom 3D strap connectors. The inner bag has two exterior zippered pockets and four interior slip pockets, and features my unique zipper cocooning method for tidy, tabless zipper ends.

You can make Gena out of any combination of fabric, tweed, waxed canvas, vinyl, cork, and leather. Instructions are included for raw edges or folded edges. I reduced bulk everywhere possible to make this bag easy to put together on any type of sewing machine.

Combined with my Strap Guide (included), you can use any combination of materials to make your own Gena Shoulder Bag.

The finished size is approximately 15 x 10 x 5 inches.

What's Included

  • Strap Guide PDF is included with the download
  • Add-On Guide PDF with additional pocket options
  • Over 50 pages of detailed instructions and tips for making your own Gena Shoulder Bag
  • Accompanying step-by-step video tutorial
  • Full color diagrams and photographs
  • All pattern pieces included (except for the strap)
  • Cutting chart for cutting all pieces with a ruler
  • Paper Saver Pieces PDF along with its own video tutorial on how to cut the pattern pieces (so you don’t have to print the whole thing)
  • Imperial and metric measurements
  • SVG files for the strap connectors, to use with a cutting machine

Techniques & Skill Level

Recommended skill level: Intermediate+

This bag goes together very differently from other bag patterns. The outer bag technique is neither a drop-in or birthed lining method. This pattern relies on precision; you should be able to measure and cut with accuracy.

You can refer to my separate Strap Guide for strap instructions, included with this pattern purchase. Or you can make a strap style of your own choosing.

What You'll Need


  • 1 1/2 yards main exterior material (mix & match): vinyl, leather, cork, home décor, canvas, or similar
  • 1 3/4 yards lining fabric: cotton, home décor, canvas, waterproof canvas, or similar
  • Additional material for a strap
  • 1 yard woven interfacing
  • 3/4 yard medium fusible stabilizer (Bouncyfirm 160, 525 Decovil Light or similar)
  • 1/4 yard firm stabilizer (does not need to be fusible)
  • One 18- to 20-inch #5 zipper
  • Two 10-inch #5 zippers
  • Four sets of 18mm magnetic snaps (or other type of snap)
  • Four 1-inch oval or rectangle rings
  • 12 rivets, with a post length of 9-11mm
  • Purse feet optional
  • Rotary cutter, ruler, double-sided tape, fabric glue, needle and thread for hand sewing

About PDF Downloads

This is a PDF FILE for download only. You will not receive a finished product.

As this is a PDF file and downloadable immediately upon purchase, there are no refunds.

You will need a PDF reader such as Acrobat Reader or Preview to open the file. The pattern pieces must be printed at 100%, so will need to be printed from a computer or a mobile app that allows you to select 100% scaling.

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