Cate Shoulder Bag

(21 customer reviews)


This is a basic, quick and easy bag with a unique shape, recessed zippered top and two pockets inside. The sky is the limit with this bag, as it’s easily customizable if you are an advanced sewer.

Please note: This is a downloadable PDF sewing pattern. You will not receive anything except the PDF pattern file which will be available immediately upon checkout.

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  • 14″ wide at top
  • 11″ wide at bottom
  • 3″ deep
  • 9″ tall


  • 1/2 yard exterior fabric
  • 3/4 yard interior fabric
  • 1/2 yard fusible extra-firm stabilizer (i.e. Peltex 71F)
  • 1/2 yard fusible fleece (i.e. Pellon Thermolam)
  • 1 yard fusible interfacing (light to mid-weight)


  • Coordinating thread
  • 14″ zipper
You should already be somewhat familiar with sewing patterns and common sewing terms.

You MAY sell bags you make with this pattern.

21 reviews for Cate Shoulder Bag

  1. Alicia (verified owner)

    This is a super easy bag to make, but looks beautiful when finished. I’ve made several of these, and love them.

  2. Stephanie (verified owner)

    I love this bag. I included the front pockets from the blog tutorial. The instructions were easy to follow.

  3. Marina Sereda (verified owner)

    Great bag. It’s my first choice to make for gifts and for craft fairs.

  4. Leisa (verified owner)

    This pattern is awesome! I’ve made quite a few of this bag and I love it! Such a wonderful bag to give as a present to friends and family.

  5. Janine

    This is a well written and easy to follow pattern! Love that it’s available as a PDF, so you can get sewing straight away! The Cate is an easy make for a beginner, actually with the way these patterns are written, I’m quickly finding them all easy makes for beginners! Check out the hobo, it’s my favourite!!

  6. Ariel (verified owner)

    Very easy to follow pattern! I sewed her up in one night. The instructions are incredibly clear and easy to follow. I made her as a gift and now I need one for myself!!! This bag is a great size with a nice structured bottom.

  7. Holly Tolman

    My 8 year old made this one as one of her summer sewing projects and she loved being able to follow the directions and understand them all on her own.

  8. jenna (verified owner)

    I’m totally obsessed with this pattern with the pocket tutorial. I’ve made quite a few in the month ive had it (that even wtih going on vacation) Alicia is so great at explaining how to put these bags together. Thanks again Alicia!!!

  9. Amy (verified owner)

    Cate is a great size. Not too big nor too little. Again, like many of the Swoon patterns, I like the versatility of the pattern. It’s easy to change the strap, add pockets and there’s a great tutorial on adding an outside pocket. Pretty easy to sew, and lends itself to fussy cutting. Zipper directions make that easy if you haven’t done one before. Try Cate, you’ll love her.

  10. Kylie Roberts (verified owner)

    I love this pattern, it came together so easily and left me with an awesome end product

  11. CJ (verified owner)

    I love this pattern! It is my go-to gift since it is so easily customizable and I just love the shape of the bag. The directions are superb, and the bag is fairly quick to sew (which is helpful, since I’m such a last minute sewer!)

  12. kathleen (verified owner)

    Just made a couple of Cate’s and I love this pattern! I even added a front pocket on one, very easy pattern to change for personal tastes. Next one I will try an exterior zippered pocket on the back. Thank you so much for the great patterns. I have tried others but keep coming back to Swoon, yours are the best!!

  13. Mia

    I decided on the Cate bag as my first bag ever. I’m an advanced sewer, but I’ve never ever made a hand bag in my life. The pattern is easy to follow and the bag is perfect for giving bags and Swoon a start, as you don’t need any hardware besides the zipper.
    I think I’ll make a huge hardware order now and sew my way through ALL the patterns!

  14. Deana

    Loved making this bag. Great directions and a fun sew 🙂

  15. Mikaylah

    I absolutely LOVE this pattern!! It was so easy to follow and the end result was impressive. This is definitely a bag that I will be making for my family because they have all requested it.

  16. Deana

    a great purse pattern with great instructions!! I’ll definitely be making more!

  17. Debora (verified owner)

    The Cate was a quick sew, and the options to personalize it are endless! Lots of fun.

  18. Teresa (verified owner)

    Wonderful pattern. So easy that it can be completed in an afternoon. It goes together well and makes it easy to sew a professional looking bag.

  19. Amy Van Sistine

    i LOVED making the Cate. This is a great pattern and wonderful end product. The shape and size is perfect. The instructions were easy to follow and the pattern comes together wonderfully. Highly recommended! Another great Swoon Pattern! <3

  20. sharon (verified owner)

    This is my first venture into Swoon….the pattern is amazin.easy to follow and goes together easily…I am looking forward to my next pattern,just need to decide which one..:-)

  21. Jenniffer Howling

    I love my Cate. Needed a new purse and she fits the bill. Added an interior zip pocket but she went together easily and fast.

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