Without a doubt, this pattern was one of the most fun I have ever designed…..maybe because it really is nice and quick to make (Ok so it still took WEEKS to get this pattern together BUT that is beside the point!)….

It’s not very complicated at all! Trust me! Norma, one of my testers, made 5….. yes FIVE of them in the short time she had the pattern for testing!

I have rated this pattern “Intermediate” only due to the zippers BUT hey, honestly, they really are NOT so hard to do and there are plenty of step by step pics throughout the pattern to help you achieve great results!

Come on….zippers really do NOT bite! They are easy once you know a few little tricks! 🙂

Collage of the Serendipity Hip - a PDF sewing pattern by ChrisW Designs

Serendipity Hip!


The Serendipity Hip may not be big in size but it makes up for that by being big in style! Simply perfect for a day out when you don’t need to cart the kitchen sink! It sports an adjustable strap and a cute curved top which gives you that bit of extra room to get into your bag. The main zippered compartment is roomy, providing 2 card pockets, a slip pocket and a zippered pocket. The front of the bag has a zippered pocket, a slip pocket and a phone pocket so you are sure to be able to take all your essentials and stay organised while you are at it!

Approx. size: W 20cm X H 25cm X D 4.5cm. (W 8″ X H 10″ X D 1¾”)


I used I used Aurifil #40 thread to make my Serendipity Hipsters…..that thread is THE best! LOVE it! 🙂 (No, this is not a paid comment, it’s just MY humble opinion!)

Here are some shots of Norma’s Serindipity Hip’s! Don’t you just LOVE that name? (Lisa, you need to get in touch with me to claim your hardware kit and pattern as I don’t have your contact details!)

Norma's Serendipity Hip's!

Every time I launch a new pattern, someone always asks if I would make an actual bag for them….As much as I would LOVE to be able to do that, I simply just don’t have the time BUT…..Norma has an Etsy shop and she is selling Serendipity Hips in her shop! So if you aren’t so keen on sewing BUT love this bag….please do pop by Norma’s shop.

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Norma also has a blog where you can see more of her awesome bag creations! Go here!

Next up is Daryl’s bag…..Gosh I think the black and pink look STUNNING together….don’t you agree? The interior fabric is the perfect choice to compliment it! Oh and gotta love that zipper pull too! 🙂
Daryl's Serendipity Hip!

You can see more of Daryl’s awesome bags and quilts and SO much more on her blog HERE!

Liz’s bag…..well….Liz ALWAYS does a fabulous job…..and this is no exception! She hasn’t sent me a pic of the interior yet. I have to admit I am ITCHING to see it! Liz always has red in some form, somewhere on or in her bag…..so the anticipation to see what is red and where, is killing me! LOLL

Liz's Serendipity Hip

You can stop by Liz’s Blog MOMENTS, here!

Next up is Robin of Robin’s Fabric Nest. Robin made her bag as a Christmas present…..gee….maybe I should take a leaf out of her book! Do you realise it is only SEVEN WEEKS until Christmas? YIKES! We had all better get a wriggle on and get cracking with our SEWING! What a GREAT excuse to lock ourselves in our sewing room and sew!? Don’t you think?

Robin's Serendipity Hip!

Next up is Dee’s gorgeous red and black Serendipity Hip! If you look closely at the pic on the left, you will see that Dee added a nifty 3D Pocket! Great idea, Dee!

I love it when people add something like that to one of my designs to personalise it and make it unique and better suited to their needs! Isn’t that what makes bag making so much FUN?
Dee's serendipity Hip!

Next up we have Lorena of My Way Of. Lorena always impresses me with her use of pleather to make her bags stand out.

Lorena has also used headliner foam instead of fusible fleece. She uses 505 glue to attach it to the pleather and after sewing, she trims all the seam allowance to avoid bulky sides. Lorena also substituted the SF101 interfacing in the lining, for Vilene Cotton G700. Awesome work Lorena!
Lorena's Serendipity Hip!

Lorena made her own strap using a FAB tutorial which you can find here!

Now I have to admit to really falling in LOVE with the colours of Trish’s bag:

Trish's Serendipity Hip!

WHOM ever said “Blue and green should never be seen”? I LOVE blue and green together! Oh and I just LOVE those Butterfly applique’s too! TOO CUTE! 🙂 You can visit Trish’s Facebook page to see more of her gorgeous creations!

Also top of the cute scale are these little kitties on Simone’s fabric! I want this fabric!! I also love the pop of blue in the lining and of the phone pocket! Nifty!!

Simone's Serendipity Hip!

Simone chose to use Soft & Stable in her bag which added some bulk to the seams and made it a little more difficult to sew the side seams BUT she took it slowly and managed to coax her machine through it! Great job Simone! 🙂

You can pop by Simone’s blog here! Simone has a really cute cat whose name is Cappuccino.  He is a 13 year burmese cat who loves sleeping in fabric and being among the sewing action……he reminds me of my Siamese, Kenny! 🙂

So don’t you agree the testers have outdone themselves yet again?….Yes, I have said it before and I will say it again, seeing all the wonderful bags that people make from my patterns is truly THE most fun part of the whole process! 🙂

Many thanks goes out to all my wonderful testers and my proof Reader Rochelle of of esheep designs. I really couldn’t do this job without these dedicated helpers! I feel I am SOOOO lucky and privelidged to have them help me! Without them I wouldn’t feel confident I am bringing you a quality pattern as free of errors as I can possibly make it! 🙂

So now I hope you are feeling inspired and ready to sew make your own Serendipity Hip!? …You can find the pattern in my pattern shop HERE!

Happy Sewing!


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  1. Great bags, as usual, everyone! I am truly always amazed by people’s fabric choices and how they work so well in the finished product. Good luck with the pattern, Christine.

  2. Wow! Great pattern, and I love all the tester bags!! That pleather one is really tempting me to make one of my own!

  3. I love, love, love this pattern. I think everyone knows by now. Love the other testers bags too. Lorena is making me think of pleather. It looks gorgeous!! Congrats Christine!

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