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The BurdaStyle Book Bag by Gussy Sews

Added Nov 21, 2011

By burdastyle

New York, New Yo...






This week another rockin’ seamstress shares her spin on our bag pattern from The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook.

In Gussy’s words: I was so eager to sew this pattern because while my shop focuses on small & large tote bags, I’ve always dreamed of making purses. I simply haven’t pushed myself to add them to my shop… yet! I kept the styling of the BurdaStyle purse simple: I took away the tassel accent and changed the strap so it was much shorter in length, then widened it. I’m so happy with the end result — this purse is super roomy yet the elastic features (top of purse and 2 side pockets) help to keep it compact. New project are so fun!

Did you make any changes to the pattern? Yes. For the strap I cut a 25″ × 4.75″ piece from the self fabric (from Spoonflower) and pressed both long edges in about 1/4", then I folded the strap in half length-wise and pressed it once more. I also used 2 d-rings and added them to each strap loop {previously sewn onto the bag}, then I threaded the pressed strap through each d-ring and stitched over top of the strap so it was closed. Tip: make sure your strap is threaded through each d-ring evenly so it’s not twisted! Having a durable strap is important to me and I felt that by having 1 wider strap, instead of 2 skinny straps, would be more comfortable as well. The finished strap is 23″ × 1.5″

About Gussy Sews: Maggie Whitley is the owner & designer of Gussy Sews, a lifestyle blog and a ruffled accessories boutique. On her blog you’ll find tips on how she quit her day job 18 months ago to focus solely on her business, different prompts & projects that help build a handmade community, and shop updates on her designs. Maggie often goes by ‘Gussy’ and lives in Minneapolis with her husband Zack and puppy, Bauer.

Above is the original book bag pattern designed by BurdaStyle’s Creative Director Alison.

Material Notes

1 yard Spoonflower cotton fabric, 2 D-rings




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Bohemian, Mod, Preppy, Vintage


Project Creator
Bag Fabric

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    Jul 20, 2012, 01.25 AMby kpeace

    goin to try it …….very pretty…

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    May 22, 2012, 08.11 PMby marileta16

    πολύ καλό, θα προσπαθήσω και γω! :)

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    Nov 27, 2011, 11.18 PMby chrissy CHRISSY

    really pretty I think I’l try this

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    Nov 26, 2011, 11.05 PMby tinyskids

    love it!!!

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    Nov 24, 2011, 07.15 PMby mabelita

    It s a very nice proyect. It looks beautifull!!!!!!

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    Nov 24, 2011, 02.59 PMby salesgirl

    Great bag and also… LOVE LOVE LOVE your coat!!!

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    Nov 22, 2011, 08.50 PMby freehold

    Love it…. You clever girl

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    Nov 22, 2011, 07.13 PMby diyraven

    so freakin’ ka-YOOT!! :)

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    Nov 22, 2011, 06.34 PMby cyndi-de-crafti

    Super cute. I love the pattern and the colors of your fabric choice. I like this bag pattern and have been tempting to try. But I still have not yet make up my mind on the fabric. Nice job! :)

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      Nov 23, 2011, 02.20 AMby gussysews

      hi cyndi – thank you! xoxo

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    Nov 22, 2011, 04.37 PMby clioscolors

    really nice bag! and it goes so well with the coat and sjawl

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      Nov 23, 2011, 02.20 AMby gussysews

      you’re so sweet — thank you! :)

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    Nov 22, 2011, 09.32 AMby keron

    i like the original pattern, but your choice of coloued pattern added life to it. . i love it.

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      Nov 23, 2011, 02.20 AMby gussysews

      thank you so much! xo

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    Nov 21, 2011, 09.04 PMby joanne13

    were can I get the pattern of this cute bag?!

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      Nov 22, 2011, 10.24 PMby mynameisdavid

      Hi Joanne,

      The pattern can be found in our book, “The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook.” :)

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    Nov 21, 2011, 04.43 PMby squirrellypoo

    Cute! And is that a yellow Talea coat I spy, too?

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      Nov 21, 2011, 07.12 PMby gussysews

      my pea coat is from Forever 21! xoxo

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