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Anna Boho Bag

Added Jun 29, 2009

By burdastyle

New York, New Yo...






Are you still schlepping around town with that old bag marked-up with stains, ink blots and tears? We thought so. That’s why we’ve created our very own Boho bag for you to customize this summer. With a compartment large enough for a towel, swimsuit & a book, you’ll be all set for a day at the beach. It even has side pockets for your house keys and cell phone. Not enough pleasure? We even show you how to make your very own tasseled straps!

Material Notes

Heavy-weight cotton, linen, or denim. Cotton or similar lining. Plastic or cardboard reinforcement for bottom of bag. 2 steel or plastic rings for straps. Cord for bag closure. Fusible interfacing. Leather or craft glue. 3/4" wide elastic.




Garment Type
Beach, Bohemian, Casual
Cotton, Leather/Fur, Other



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    Sep 19, 2011, 02.12 PMby Pansee Atta

    I’d also really love to know how much fabric this project uses, and how to add compartments inside. Anyone got any ideas?

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    Sep 4, 2011, 05.08 PMby Alexandra Huang

    Has anyone tried to somehow add a divider/s into the inside of this bag? So that you have two [or more] compartments instead of one large one? And are there any tips for adding pocket into the inside?

    I know close to nothing about sewing but I’m in love with this bag and really want to make one :)

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    Feb 27, 2011, 03.44 PMby shelley .

    I found heavy-weight cotton at Ikea that looks pretty similar, just a little different from the picture.

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    Sep 8, 2010, 05.31 AMby Kristel Jo Bishop

    Love the bag and fabric

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    Sep 4, 2010, 03.07 PMby Kristin Storhaug

    I was looking for something to sew in arts&crafts at school, and had no idea what to make. (optional task) I googled different pages and links for inspiration, and found this. On the frontpage I saw this bag, and it was love at first sight! I absolutey LOVE it!! It’s perfect in every way! But how do I get the pattern? Do I order it, and get it in the mail, or something? Can someone try to explain this for me? :P (I’m from Norway, do these patterns come in the shops here?)

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      Sep 5, 2010, 03.54 AMby loriquesada

      On the right hand side of your screen, there should be a button that says add to cart. Once you buy it, you can download a pdf. Then you print it at home, tape the pages together and cut out your pattern!

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    Sep 3, 2010, 06.31 PMby janul

    I love the bag, but I don´t know about that skinny model… Why shouldn´t we address that? I don´t think this site is only about clothes and sewing, there is presented a certain type of beauty, too… What do we find or think or want to think is beauty… Sure the model is beautiful, but why is there almost always such a thin and “perfect” one? Maybe I´m just jealous and lack self – confidence, so never mind :). Off to work on that…

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      Sep 6, 2010, 08.39 AMby nessys

      What I want to know Honey is – “where the heck is her skirt?”

      To me it looks like she is wearing a top and nothing else. . . .

      Maybe I am getting old. I sound like a right old battle axe don’t I? LOL!!! (I too must strugle with this confidence thing. .. )

      I think the issues you address in your comment are vaild ones Sweets. xxxx

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    Sep 2, 2010, 04.53 PMby zilredloh

    Fabric is by Kokka or Echino, a japanese fabric company. I couldn’t find that exact fabric on etsy, but here’s a similar one in a different colorway:


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    Sep 2, 2010, 04.42 PMby zilredloh

    I love this bag too. But does anyone know where the model’s purple knit hat came from or what pattern?

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    Jul 14, 2010, 07.35 PMby galatheia

    Beautiful!!! I really fell in love with this fabric. Does anybody know where I can find this fabric??

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    Jun 26, 2010, 05.52 PMby knitting4good

    Does anyone know where to find the fabric used in the “model” bag? I LOVE it, and think it suits the bag perfectly.

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    Dec 2, 2009, 08.11 AMby Zaiba Shaikh

    sooo love it!!!

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    Jul 14, 2009, 06.28 PMby tallykay

    this is an awesome bag. I saw the picture of it and now i can’t wait to make it. I just have to make sure that i find some really nice fabric. Thanks for posting such and awesome bag on the internet. Tally

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    Jul 14, 2009, 10.18 AMby dillinger

    What an amazing bag!! I just made it today and I cannot wait to head out and show it off. Thankyou SO much for the pattern and to everyone else for the tips :)

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    Jul 10, 2009, 05.44 PMby allychanchan

    I just made this bag last night and took it to work and three people want me to make it for them already! I did do the plastic canvas in the bottom and I think it’s too much structure for me, but it works. I love the size and it was so easy to make. Thanks for the pattern!

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    Jul 4, 2009, 04.23 PMby michelegoudie

    You can get plastic canvas in the needle crafts section at a major chain fabric store. It’s used for large needle needlepoint, usually with yarn.

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    Jul 2, 2009, 05.42 PMby ditavee

    I’m not so in love with the strap on this, but the rest of the pattern is a perfect carpet bag! I’m already on the hunt for a perfect pair of handles to go with this ;)

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    Jul 2, 2009, 10.22 AMby erin

    So the plastic canvas sounds great, but where can I get it? I want to sew this bag immediately!!

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    Jul 1, 2009, 04.34 PMby benedikta

    Thanks for all the wonderful comments, I am so excited you are into the bag!

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    Jul 1, 2009, 10.46 AMby safemme

    I don’t think the model is too skinny – I think she looks fine! Also, this is to show off the bag, not to critic the model’s frame. It seems to me that if we put a plus model on here, she’s too skinny as well! People are never happy… But anyway, on to the bag! WONDERFUL! I truly love this! What an awesome bag – and just in time! Great job and a huge thank you for yet another fantastic pattern, BurdaStyle!

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    Jul 1, 2009, 09.06 AMby jinxychan

    hot bag! love it!

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    Jul 1, 2009, 03.54 AMby sewverytall

    That really is a cute bag. I agree that the use of plastic canvas for bag bottoms works great, I’ve been using it for years. It comes in different thicknesses [with different spacing/size holes] and large sheets can be cut down to the correct size easily with craft scissors. I also use 1 inch wide strips and zigzag to the side seams to give the bag structure. This way the bag stands on its own instead of sagging into a pile when you set it down. One thing to note: when washing a bag with plastic canvas, don’t allow the bag to go through the machine’s spin cycle, as the plastic canvas can break. Ask me how I know.

    p.s. plastic canvas is also great to use for hat brims…I pad it with batting and add double-fold bias tape around the outer edge [to protect the fabric], hand basted in place, before inserting into the brim fabric. It gives a nice professional quality to the hat’s brim.

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    Jul 1, 2009, 03.39 AMby holymango

    oooh! I want. need. love it! that bag is perfect!

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    Jun 30, 2009, 11.39 PMby rtbabe

    Where can I get that awesome fabric? Perfect choice!!

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    Jun 30, 2009, 10.16 PMby carla120956

    I absolutely love the look of this purse. It’s the details that make it something truly extraordinary.

    To Daiseyland, you left a comment and I just wanted to make sure I understood you correctly. You talked about putting plastic grid pieces in the bottom of the purse for reinforcement. Were you talking about plastic canvas?

    I’ve been making amatuer purses for a while and I’ve used a variety of materials to reinforce the bottoms, but for some reason, plastic canvas never dawned on me. It’s a great idea! I’m so glad I read your comment!

    Burdastyle’s Messenger Bag has been a big hit for college students because it holds books well. However, no matter how much I spruce it up, it’s functionality exceeeds its style quotient. I think this bag might be an excellent cross between the two.

    No matter, I SO appreciate the tip about using plastic canvas to reinforce the bottoms. Logically, it does seem like a much better choice than cardboard or closed-cell foam.

    I gotta look at the details closer. It’s truly gorgeous, as well as highly functional. Thanks!

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    Jun 30, 2009, 09.20 PMby tudorrose69

    Yes that girl is very THIN I’m surprised she isn’t falling over. The fabric looks very dense and heavy.

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    Jun 30, 2009, 04.41 PMby sjdeweerd

    Wow! That girls is really skinny.

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    Jun 30, 2009, 03.00 PMby chrisjalys

    This bag is great. I walk with a stick and have been looking for a bag that would allow freedom of movement – this is definitely it! Thank you Benedikta, this is a winner.

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    Jun 30, 2009, 01.41 PMby daiseyland

    Instead of cardboard for strength and stiffness, try using the plastic grid that’s made for needlepoint. It comes in different sizes and colors, it is cheap and can be enlarged by lacing two pieces together. It holds it’s shape for longer than cardboard, and if you need to wash your bag, it isn’t affected at all. You can get it in craft and fabric places. If you need more stiffness, lace two pieces together in different directions.

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    Jun 30, 2009, 08.13 AMby franziska

    WOW! A real urban look. The pattern looks fantastic. Looking forward to see other users creations! will definitively do one myself!

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    Jun 30, 2009, 07.03 AMby teamydear

    Thank you for the info Benedikta! I think this is the coolest pattern I have seen lately :) I would just want to suggest to people making the bag that they don’t put their house keys or cell phone in the outside side pockets, but that they make similar ones inside! Should give pickpockets a harder job :)

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