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Nora Doctor Bag

5 out of 5 based on 4 customer ratings
(4 customer reviews)


Nora is a classic handbag inspired by doctor bag purses of the past. True to the style, this bag opens wide but does not require an expensive frame. There is one large zippered pocket in the lining. Three sizes are included in this sewing pattern (traveler size not included in the paper pattern).

Printed paper pattern also includes a downloadable PDF pattern.


Product Description


Small Handbag: 11″ x 8.5″ x 5.5″
Large Handbag: 13.5″ x 10″ x 6″
Traveler: 17″ x 12″ x 8″


  • 1/2 yard 44” wide woven quilting weight exterior fabric (1/3 yard for Handbags)
  • 2/3 yard 44” wide quilting weight or vinyl contrasting fabric
  • 2/3 yard 44” wide quilting weight lining fabric (1 yard for Traveler)
  • 3 yards fusible woven interfacing (Pellon Shapeflex SF101) (4 yards for Traveler)
  • 1 yard 20” wide foam interfacing (Pellon FlexFoam) (or 1/2 yard Soft & Stable)
  • 1/2 yard fusible stabilizer (Pellon Peltex 71F)
  • Four 1” rectangle rings (3/4” for Small Handbag)
  • One 9” all-purpose zipper (7” for Small Handbag)
  • One small turn lock
  • 1 yard 1/4” plastic boning with cover (1.5 yards for Traveler)
  • Coordinating thread
  • Fabric clips (Binder Clips, Wonder Clips) (Optional)
  • Fabric glue (Beacon Fabri-tac) (Optional)
You should already be somewhat familiar with sewing patterns and common sewing terms.

You MAY sell bags you make with this pattern.

4 reviews for Nora Doctor Bag

  1. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I LOVE THIS BAG…. this was my first swoon pattern and it has me hooked instructions and pattern are very easy to follow

  2. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    This bag is inching it’s way up to favorite on the list. It’s a bit of a challenge but oh so satisfying once complete. Super impressive bag! Thanks for a great pattern!

  3. 5 out of 5


    This was the first of many Swoon bag patterns I have bought, they all have the best instructions of any patterns,but this pattern is my favourate.It is FABULOUS !

  4. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    This was my first Swoon pattern and was the gateway to buying a subscription to more! I found that the instructions were very clear and I like how there are digitally created graphics to simulate the construction of the patterns as they are more accurate than photos. What also helps are the photo tuts to make sure you’re doing everything right. Anyway, Nora is an absolutely beautiful bag – I suggest getting really stiff boning rather than the flimsier kind because the opening to the bag may sag or bend oddly!

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