Blanche Barrel Bag

(37 customer reviews)


A stunning, rockabilly-inspired bag with a classic and timeless shape. Convenient exterior slip pockets, a zippered lining pocket, and a removable crossbody strap make it as functional as it is stylish. Instructions are included for both woven and vinyl fabrics. Two sizes.

Printed paper pattern also includes a downloadable PDF pattern.




  • Small Bag: 11″ wide, 7″ tall, 5.5″ deep
  • Large Bag: 13″ long, 8.5″ tall, 6.5″ deep


  • 1/2 yard 44” wide quilting weight exterior fabric
  • 1/2 yard woven or vinyl contrasting fabric
  • 2/3 yard 44” wide quilting weight lining fabric
  • 2 1/2 yards premade piping
  • 3/4 yard foam interfacing (Pellon Flexfoam FF77)
  • 3 yards fusible woven interfacing (Pellon Shapeflex SF101)
  • 1/4 yard fusible heavy stabilizer (Pellon Peltex 71F)
  • 11” (or longer) handbag zipper (13” for Large Bag)
  • 7” all-purpose zipper
  • Four 3/4” rectangle rings
  • Two 3/4” swivel clips (shoulder strap; optional)
  • Two 3/4” D-rings (shoulder strap; optional)
  • Fabric glue (Beacon Fabri-tac)
  • Coordinating thread
You should already be somewhat familiar with sewing patterns and common sewing terms.

You MAY sell bags you make with this pattern.

37 reviews for Blanche Barrel Bag

  1. Shannan Gilbert

    The pattern is easy to follow and I love the tips that are included with the pattern. I believe that someone with some basic understanding of sewing could make this bag with some patience. (Don’t rush it, that’s when the mistakes happen)

  2. lindseynstallings (verified owner)

    I loved the pattern. I’ve worked with other Swoon patterns in the past and this is definitely my favorite. The instructions were clear, I didn’t have a hard time with any of it! Thanks so much for such a great pattern! I’ve gotten so many compliments on it and I may use it in the future for my Etsy shop for charity!

  3. Kristin Sirota

    This was the first Swoon pattern I ever used! I love this one and I have made countless versions of it, in various fabrics and finishes. The instructions are very easy to follow, and everything fits together perfectly. I keep going back to it because of the classic shape and perfect size. You can make this bag from all fabric, all vinyl/leather, or a mix of the two.

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  4. Angie Heart (verified owner)

    Great pattern! Came out beautifully the first time I tried. Everybody thinks it’s a store bought designer purse. It’s one of my favourites.

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  5. Jade Powers (verified owner)

    Another great pattern from Swoon. I have made both the large and the small bags and they both look amazing. Piping is a bit of a challenge but once you’ve made the bag once, you’ll quickly be able to make more and more!

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  6. Amy (verified owner)

    Great pattern and love this bag. 2 sizes available. Working with piping can be challenging, but this pattern makes it easy.
    Very well written pattern.

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  7. Pamela McGinnis

    I love this pattern. Have made all the sizes. Large bag I use for my gym bag. But you don’t have the medium size anymore. I like that size better than the small one.

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  11. Karen (verified owner)

    This was such an awesome pattern to follow! I love Blanche, and have a request from my sister to make her one! Great pattern!

  12. Miranda d (verified owner)

    Love tis bag!

  13. jade

    A wonderful bag that gets a lot of compliments. worth making adjustable straps so you can hang it over your forearm or shoulder

  14. Chantel (verified owner)

    I am absolutely in love with this pattern! The instructions are clear and easy to follow. The resulting bag looks like it took much more work than it did. In fact, it comes together so easily I’ve already made four to give as gifts.

  15. Cassandra

    Made this for my mom for her birthday and she absolutely loves it! It was quite easy to make, as well! 🙂

  16. Emily C (verified owner)

    Love this bag! There are a lot of steps but it comes together perfectly!!

  17. EMAN (verified owner)

    Love this pattern, I’m almost done with my daughter’s frozen themed one & she is crazy about it, next will be one for me 🙂

  18. Alicia (verified owner)

    Absolutely love this pattern! Beautiful end result. Made this for my mother for her birthday,and she gets lots of compliments on it.

  19. WENDY (verified owner)

    Since Blanche waltzed into my life, she’s my go to pattern. I get so many compliments on my bags. She can be a little tricky, but if you take your time you can tackle Blanche and make a super on trend bag that will bring you compliments wherever you go!

  20. Amber (verified owner)

    I made Blanche as my second Swoon pattern – I started with Ethel!
    I had never before made a barrel bag, nor had I ever done any piping. The directions are well thought out, clear, and concise.
    I’ve made 6 Blanche bags now, and they are just fabulous.

  21. Reece

    I love Blanche! She’s a challenge, but not everything should be easy, right? The pattern is so well written, that Blanche was actually my first Swoon bag, and I managed to create a beautiful, professional looking bag. The connectors are a bit tricky and sewing the lining in takes some practice, but the instructions are very clear and understandable. The completed bag is a wonderful large handbag with a beautiful, funky, retro look and great sturdy feel; she even stands up by herself!

  22. Jordan

    Blanche was supposed to be my first bag. I got it all cut and ready then started other bags. It’s one of the cites bag patterns I have found. I do wish it has some photos in the directions but I guess there are other tutorials. I just hate have to go to 5 different places to figure it out. Usually my
    Pattern is enough to get it but after making one I’m sure I won’t have to look for help again

  23. Emily (verified owner)

    This pattern is very easy to follow, professionally put together and a pleasure to work with!

  24. markita (verified owner)

    Very professional pattern, and great free tutorial on piping!
    I want all the other patterns now!

  25. Monique (verified owner)

    I love this bag! The finished piece looks SO professional it’s hard to believe you actually made it 🙂 This is the bag that brought me to Swoon patterns, and it remains my favorite months later. I’m already dreaming of a few more Blanches… 😀

  26. Angela (verified owner)

    I have made the small Blanche once and have fabric to make 4 more. I love this bag. I found the pattern and instructions easy to follow. I love that it is a basic bag and that, as it it with all of the Swoon patterns, they are easy to modify to add your own personal tastes to the bag. I added addition pockets to the inside of my first bag.

  27. Julie

    I have made this bag twice. Once for my daughter and once for a dear friends daughter. This bag is perfect for a young child to carry things in (smallest size). Although it is a more difficult pattern, sewing it wasn’t hard. I have discovered that whenever I have trouble with one of the swoon patterns, it is user error and not pattern error. Everything is well-written, in a manner I can understand, and if I reread it, I can find where I messed up and fix my mistakes. I messed this bag up, but was able to rip stitches and fix it. It has also made me LOVE piping. It is wonderful and so is this pattern.

  28. Carmen (verified owner)

    I forgot to mention the Blanche was the first bag where I was bold enough to make custom piping and it was so easy!!

  29. Carmen (verified owner)

    The small Blanche is the perfect size for my daughter! It can also double as a make up bag! I haven’t made the two larger sizes but I’m sure they are wonderful for everyday use and even as a travel bag.

  30. Sanna King

    I’ve made two purses using the Blanche pattern. People notice and compliment the bag. The Blanche has a great “feel” to it. The straps are a perfect combination of skinny but sturdy. While it is not a pattern that I would recommend to a novice, I would encourage every bag and purse maker to add it to their “must do” list.

  31. michelletripper (verified owner)

    This pattern produces a gorgeous result. As long as you take your time and pay attention to the piping details you will be undoubtedly super pleased with your Blanche. It’s a perfect bag to feature a favourite fabric on (especially if you do the small blanche)…without having to use loads of it. Everyone always asks me where I bought mine, but I’ll never tell 🙂

  32. Karen Mason

    Love Love Love this pattern! I get a ton of compliments on it. When I tell people I made they are like “really????” This is a great bag!

  33. Erin Brinser

    Finished making my 1st last night. Is a gift for my daughter-in-law for Christmas. Will be purchasing more patterns!!!

  34. Ann

    You know how you have a favorite child but shouldn’t admit it? That’s how I feel about Blanche. She is my favorite Swoon pattern but I won’t say it in front of the others. Blanche’s design is perfect for showcasing special fabrics and panels. The piping provides stability and adds a professional touch to the bag. I’ve made 12 Blanches, and I love them all. There is a learning curve when sewing in the lining, but now it’s a breeze! I

  35. Patsy Spencer (verified owner)

    Never have I seen a purse pattern that is so well thought out & engineered. The structure of this bag is excellent. The amount of interfacing & stabilizer used gives this bag such a professional look. Today, I went to a shoe repair shop (the professional kind) to see if they had a couple of gold colored swivel clips to finish out my VERY FIRST Blanche. He surprisingly asked if I made it and I beamed “yes”!!! He looked at the structure & construction & said it was a great pattern.
    Although the initial moments of construction were daunting, before I knew it, I was on my last step. I can’t wait to make more and dive into more of these patterns! This is my outlet to marry beautiful fabrics and patterns. And the inspiration for each design is amazing. It feeds my creative juices!

  36. Libby (verified owner)

    I absolutely love this pattern <3

  37. Jolene (verified owner)

    Love this bag!!! This is the easiest pattern I have ever found for a barrel style purse. Highly recommend.

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