Introducing The Penelope Crossbody Bag Digital Pattern

Lisa Stewart

It's like Christmas morning here at Kaya Papaya Designs! Patricia has released her first pattern, The Penelope Crossbody Bag Digital Pattern. Offering two sizes, this classy bag is a quick make and perfect for a confident beginner.

The roomy interior has plenty of room for your wallet, a zipper pocket for your personal essentials, and a slip pocket for your phone. The flap closes with a magnetic snap, and the adjustable strap lets you carry as a shoulder bag, or  across your body for more security when shopping and sightseeing. Beginners will be learning to insert a zipper and a magnetic snap, applying various interfacings, making a strap connector with d-rings, along with making an adjustable strap. 

We had a group of 11 testers, all of whose creative endeavors are showcased below. They provided us with awesome, meticulous feedback, and were truly instrumental in the final product now available. The pattern lends itself to endless customization, carrying on the Kaya Papaya Design mission of "your own unique style." This quick, fun sew will make wonderful Christmas presents for the stylish ones on your list. 

Check out the variety of the designs our testers made. And don't forget to check out their links.

Zeiba Monod of Sew Special by ZM made the large version using a gorgeous Harris Tweed on the flap, durable cork on the body, a unique leather strap, and a cotton lining. In addition to her store, check out her Facebook page and on Instagram.



Rebecca Hansen of Two Leos Design used a gorgeous iridescent leather for the flap and an equally stunning vinyl for the body and strap. The lining is a bright cotton, making it easy to locate your stuff. Be sure to check out her website, Facebook, and Instagram.



Melanie Southworth, a long-time quilter, made her bag in coordinating quilting cottons. She chose a slightly less-structured look, and substituted heavy-duty interfacing rather than Peltex for the gusset. Congratulations to Melanie for her first-time handbag pattern testing. 



Judith Grossinger paired a deep-colored faux leather with a dark denim, and lined it with a a very striking cotton.  



Debbie Sparrow's vision of The Penelope Crossbody Bag used an upholstery fabric for the entire bag, She used the reverse of the fabric for the flap, and embellished it with a fun machine embroidery. She used vinyl on the strap connectors and strap. 



Daisy Mason's sophisticated bag has a beautiful quilted silk dupioni fabric for the flap and piping, paired with Melton wool for the body, and lined with a cotton. 





Anna Han chose a playful look, incorporating a Peanuts© comic-strip fabric for the flap paired with solid black cotton. She says it was quickly claimed by her 14 year-old. 



Becca Forrette of Cosmic Thread Customs used a supple vinyl and a coordinating floral cotton for one of her two small versions of The Penelope Crossbody Bag. She lined her bag with waterproof canvas and does not recommend using it for that. Check out her Etsy shop, on Facebook, and follow her on Instagram.




Becca Olson at Turtle Trax Too used a gold-flecked cork and three complimentary cottons on the small version of the bag.  She also made a tester in the large size but it was claimed by a family member before she could take pictures. In addition to Facebook, you can follow her on Instagram.



Using leatherette and cotton, Clare McMahon of Mamas Sew Unique stitched up a beauty in a glossy black and paired with the splashy red floral for the flap. Follow her on Instagram. 




Katarina Kočar made a striking Penelope Crossbody Bag in vinyl, and lined with cotton, and finished off with a tassel. Visit her Etsy store at,on Facebook at Unikatz Handmade, and on Instagram.


Many thanks to our testers for their hard work and invaluable input. We'd love to see your creations from The Penelope Crossbody Bag Digital Pattern. Join the  Kaya Papaya Design Pattern Group to post your pictures and for lively discussion of the pattern.

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  • Barbara Frangella on

    So cute, I can not wait to try it.

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