UPDATE: May 2023 – Coco has now been officially retired.

Yay! Today I am really pleased to be adding a FREE purse sewing pattern to my Blog for you to enjoy! Now you can try out one of my bag patterns for NIX! ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve had fun making this handbag, I hope you like it! Here’s a pic:

Coco FREE bag pattern by ChrisW Designs

Coco – FREE Pattern!


The Coco handbag is just right for a day out! It closes with a magnetic snap and has an inside slip pocket as well. Featuring grommets, piped handles with hooks and rivets too, nobody will believe you made it yourself!

Finished bag size = 33cmW X 11.5cmD X 20cmH. (13โ€W X 4ยฝโ€D X 8โ€H)

All the details of what you need to make this bag, full step by step instructions and pics, where to get your supplies and much more is all included in the PDF file for you!

The pattern for coco is a FREE gift for my newsletter subscribers.ย  I send out a regular newsletter with inspirational customer photos, bag making advice, exclusive discounts on new releases and so much more! You can subscribe HERE!

I do hope you enjoy this free purse pattern and if so, I hope you will share the link and maybe even add a link to it on your own blog! (You are welcome to grab the pic!) That would be wonderful and very much appreciated! ๐Ÿ™‚

Special thanks to my wonderful pattern testers, in particular Maria for finding my pattern booboos and Naomi for naming this bag for me and for proof reading! I would be LOST without these wonderful Ladies! Thank you!



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  1. Ah shucks you make me blush Christine. Testing your bags is a pleasure. Loved making the Coco Bag. Quick and easy thanks to your clear instructions an photos. Can’t wait for the next design. LOLLL No rest for the wicked.

  2. Afternoon Chris, just letting you know that it’s an honour to help you, your patterns are great….I’ve popped a link up for COCO on my blog….and funnily enough, had mentioned what an honour it is to be working for/with you! Hugs Naomi

  3. Je ne comprend pas l’anglais mais les images sont assez claire pour pouvoir rรฉaliser ce joli sac ร  main, merci beaucoup pour ta gรฉnรฉrositรฉ

  4. This is a fabulous bag. Thanks for sharing your design. I’m dying to try making my own. You’ve got some great bag patterns and I can’t wait to see more from you.

  5. Thank you Christine,
    gorgeous bag, like all you bags!
    Very nice of you to give us the pattern โ˜บ
    Liebe GrรผรŸe
    Bente – Germany
    I like to QuiltBlog

  6. I’ve been looking through so many sites, and the perfect bag is here after all!!! thank ou so much for sharing this pattern. I’ll be making this one this week!!!!

  7. What a blessing to get a free pattern of a
    Chris W Design! I’ve purchased a couple of yours patterns and just love them !! Wonderful instructions and step by step pictures make them a joy to sew. No guessing or winging it because you don’t understand what the pattern calls for. Yours are very easy to follow and the results are beautiful. Thank you so much! I can’t wait to try this new one!

  8. What a lovely bag! Thank you SO MUCH for sharing your pattern for free! I look forward to making it and then probably the Bella, too!

  9. Hi Christine,
    I was put onto your blog through Naomi Vela,I am lucky enough to be her next door neighbour. I just wanted to let you know that I have made your Coco bag and you can see a pic of it on my blog. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful pattern I had fun making it.

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    Hi Sharina,
    No worries…LOL I took a peek at your version of Coco….very
    nice indeed! ๐Ÿ™‚ What fun living next to Naomi….pity I am so far away…

  11. Thank you so much – I am trying to make one new bag a month to have fun gifts for my nieces. I love this one. Thank you so much for making it free! Your instructions are so clear and concise I think I will be up all night! Better than a good book!!!!

  12. Thanks for sharing this bag pattern. I have been looking for the “perfect” summer bag and I think this is it! I can hardly wait to start! Lynn ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. I love this purse. I modified it quite a bit a the front panels are actually 4 layers with a huge pocket on the front and back. Even made one with a zipper pocket divider. I have made about 10 of multiple sizes. The purse I use daily was enlarged to 150% on the copier. I have also reduced it down and made it the way of the patter with no outside pockets for little girls.
    Just love the design I can send you some pictures if you would like.

  14. Hi Carrie,
    Great! I am pleased to hear that you are having such enjoyment out of it! ๐Ÿ™‚ Please add some of your pics to our flick pool (You can find it in the right side coloumn)

  15. Gorgeous pattern! You did a great job! I’m so happy that you came by to party with us at Fluster Buster’s Creative Muster. Now that you found us I hope that you continue to join the party.
    Robin @ Fluster Buster

  16. Dear Christine I am in love with this bag and I appreciate you replying each message individually! Thank you so much and keep up the good work.. You deserve a salute lady!

  17. I love Bags..don’t know how good I would be making my own, but after seeing yours, it sure is worth trying!!! Thank you so much for sharing the pattern at the Fluster Buster Party. I’m co hosting today, Have a great week Chris! Lizy

  18. Thanks for the pattern! I made this bag in two evenings and I love it! It’s the first bag of any type I’ve ever made, and it was surprisingly easy. Both my sisters have informed me that I will be making them purses as well. I did tweak the pattern a little–I stitched handles directly to the bag, rather than using grommets; and I added a zipper pocket to the inside. There were a few spots that I had a little trouble with, but I think that was just my inexperience.
    Thank you thank you thank you for posting the free pattern! I’ll be studying the patterns on your Etsy shop to decide which one to buy!

  19. Hi Joanne,
    Thank you for your lovely comments! Sorry for the delay in my replying….I just got a new laptop with Windows 8 on it and oh boy what FUN to try to work that out! NOT! I hope you will share some pics with us in our Flickr pool (Link is in the signature) ….I would love to see them! I am pleased you enjoyed making it….your comments made my day! (I needed a lift after the frustration of my new laptop! LOLLLL)

  20. Love your bags. I really want to attempt the cocoa. When I click on the link to the pdf pattern it takes me to a blank page and that’s it. It won’t display the instructions. What to do now?

  21. Hi, I am looking forward to making Coco 2012 bag. I printed the test square that was supposed to be 3″x3″ but mine only printed 2 3/4″x2 3/4″. You stated that you could he;p print to scale. HELP!

  22. Is the free pattern still available for your cocoa bag? I can’t find a link to it. Please email it to me if you are still offering it. Thanks, it looks like such a lovely bag!

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