Mabel Vintage Handbag

(6 customer reviews)


This free sewing pattern was designed and written for Pellon. Mabel is an adorable little handbag inspired by vintage box purses of the 40’s. This bag is roomy enough to carry your everyday essentials while still looking sleek and retro-stylish. It’s also the perfect size for a lunch bag with Pellon® Insul-fleece™ basted or quilted to the lining pieces, or as a cosmetics bag by using laminated or nylon fabric as the lining.




9″ wide, 6″ tall, 3.5″ deep


  • 1/2 yd 44″ wide quilting weight fabric for exterior
  • 1/2 yard 44″ wide quilting weight lining fabric
  • 2 yards fusible Pellon® Shape-flex® SF101 interfacing
  • 1 yard sew-in Pellon® Peltex® 70 stabilizer
  • 1 magnetic snap or turn lock
  • Coordinating thread
  • Erasable marking pen
  • Fabric glue (Beacon Fabri-tac)
You should already be somewhat familiar with sewing patterns and common sewing terms.

You MAY sell bags you make with this pattern.

6 reviews for Mabel Vintage Handbag

  1. angelicmills1995 (verified owner)

    I really enjoyed working this pattern! I’m a novice with bags and it turned out quite sloppy, but it was just a practice piece! I’ll continue trying and hopefully my finishes will get better as I go! Super novice friendly!

  2. Trina Callahan Younts (verified owner)

    Cute bag, and simple to make. But I could do without all of the Peltex! Too stiff, and feels like a cardboard box :-/

  3. pabrllure04

    “Please choose product options” … this is what appears on the pages to add to cart but there is no place to chose options

  4. Karen Wetherall

    I have made 2 of these, the first one to match a dress. The only roses fabric I could find was a voile, so I backed it with some white cotton. I used a pink lining fabric for the inside and the handle, and added a divided slip pocket using the roses voile and cotton with a nickel twist lock. It matched my dress perfectly and is adorable! The second one was made using a cherry print on navy, with a red faux leather case handle. I used a brass effect twist lock and added brass bag feet. It looks fabulous!

  5. dburgd99 (verified owner)

    This is an awesome little purse !

  6. Jello (verified owner)

    My first bag looks great. Even my thread work is not good. The end result is great! I got compliment evrywhere. I wish this has zipper closure so my stuff is secure. Oh well, there is always the next project.

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