Genevieve PDF Pattern

(2 customer reviews)


Video Tutorials are Provided on YouTube!

This fun messenger bag pattern, Genevieve, comes with instructions to make 2 versions! Make one that is super charming with its piped details OR make it simple and leave out the piping for a quick and easy project!

Choose from two flap styles, plain or piped. Dress the plain flap up with a feature panel or embroidery. There is loads of space to customise and play with this design. Plus, Genevieve has a really nice unique curvy shape.

Complete with an adjustable strap, Genevieve closes with a magnetic snap and has a large slip pocket under the flap along with a smaller slip pocket for your mobile phone. Two interior slip pockets, a pen pocket and an interior zipper pocket to keep your valuables secure complete the ensemble! It’s a great weekend project that is MUCH easier to complete than it looks!

Optional: Simply add some rivets for a really professional look! You could also add a fun tassel, too.

Finished bag size = Approx. 36cm (14”) X 28cm (11”) X 7.6cm (3”)



The PDF pattern comes ready to print out on standard A4 paper OR you can also print on Letter or Foolscape simply by checking the “Disable shrink to fit”. However similar settings should be available in your particular printer. Printing Instructions are included!

Bag Pattern options:

Choose from Plain with no piping or make a Piped version! The pdf pattern for the Genevieve messenger style handbag/purse has 44 pages of instructions which include 106 step by step colour photos so you can follow along and see exactly how to make your bag each step of the way. Printing instructions and test squares to check scale. Pattern pieces and included plus additional cutting measurements are provided for rectangular pieces,

PLUS a TEXT ONLY version of the instructions (9 pages) comes bundled with your pattern for printing purposes, should you not need or wish to print all of the photos! Simply refer to your electronic versions for photos if needed! Saves on ink!

ALL my patterns have measurements for both Metric and Imperial and seam allowances are included too! For info on where to buy supplies for your bag, please see our Resources Page. Be sure to check out Dianna’s Fabric Weaving tutorial for making a fabulous stylish flap.

Additional information

Pattern Type


ChrisW Designs


MATERIALS LIST: (Note yardage is meant as a guide and may not be exact)
*Exterior Fabric: 112cm (44”) wide: 90cm (1 Yard)
*Lining Fabric: 112cm (44”) wide: 90cm (1 Yard)
*Fusible Woven Interfacing: EzeFuse Medium Weight: 114cm (45”) Wide: 2m (2 Yards)
*Foam OR Fleece: 90cm W X 66cm W (36” W X 26” H)
*Decovil 1 Heavy: 28cm X 6.3cm (11” X 2½”)
*2.5cm (1”) Webbing: 168cm (66”)
OPTIONAL: Piping: 3m (118”)

*1 X #3 Dress Zipper for Zipper Pocket: 28cm (11”) (Or longer cut to size)
*1 X 18mm (3/4”) Magnetic Snap for the Flap
*2 X 2.5cm (1”) Rectangular Rings for the Adjustable Strap
*1 X 2.5cm (1”) Slider for the Adjustable Strap

Other Items:
Thread, Wondertape or Fabric Glue, Tailors Chalk or Fading Marker, Fray Stopper, plus general sewing items and a hammer.

2 reviews for Genevieve PDF Pattern

  1. Beatriz Borges Fajardo (verified owner)

    Wonderful, I loved the result, very easy to make. The pattern as always very complete and very well explained. It is very convenient to carry everything tidy in the bag and find it and the first one.

    Maravilloso, me ha encantado el resultado, muy fácil de hacer. El patrón como siempre completísimo y muy bien explicado. Es muy cómodo para llevarlo todo ordenado en el bolso y encontrarlo y la primera.

  2. ellak

    OMG I am addicted to ChrisW! The most amazing patterns ever and this one is no exception. The flap on the plain one is so great for customizing. I add embroidery or use special feature fabrics. These bags sell like hotcakes in my market stalls. Thanks Chris!

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