146 Six Bags from Around the World (PDF)


This pattern consists of 6 bags from cultures and regions around the globe.  Two bags are based on useful vintage bags (Japanese Carpenter’s Bag, French Reticule); three are everyday practical carrying bags (Thai Shoulder Sling, Turkish Drawstring Bag, Uzbek Pouch); and one is more of an art form than a everyday object (Native American Bandolier Bag).  These bags are beautiful items and items of everyday use.  They will make unique and interesting bags to carry, use, and give.  They will connect you to a place, a time, a culture, and an art form.  They are also flexible enough to allow your own imagination to create a bag that is completely different and unique to you.

This PDF pattern includes a print-at-home version of each bag, a copyshop version to print all bags together (36 inch and A0 paper), sewing instructions, and a file teaching embellishments for the bags (Thai cross stitch patterns, Uzbek embroidery, handmade cording and tassels, sashiko embroidery). 

This pattern is packed with sewing information, embroidery and embellishment techniques, and historical and cultural information.  

The Japanese Carpenter's Bag is a long bag to hang and hold long tools such as rulers - also great for holding all the rolled up PDF patterns you have!  Traditional sashiko embroidery design and instructions included.

Uzbek Coin Pouch comes in two sizes with two traditional embroidery patterns.  These bags were used to keep money and salt safe when traveling.  They make great gift bags!

The French Reticle is from the 19th century when women used these bags to hold essentials (because dresses had no pockets) and these became popular when under-dress pockets went out of fashion.  Reticules evolved into evening purses - and this still makes a great evening bag.

The Thai Shoulder Sling has two views and 3 traditional embroidery patterns included, along with instructions cross stitch instructions.

The Turkish Drawstring Bag is a small bag with an ingenious drawstring closure.  Pretty and simple, it is perfect to make for gifts.

The Native American Bandolier Bag is a traditional art form.  We include information on the history of this bag and ideas for creating your own.

We also have several kits available for the Japanese Carpenter's Bag, Thai Shoulder Sling, and Turkish Drawstring Bag.

The PDF zipped file will be available to download after checkout.  We recommend downloading to a computer, rather than a tablet.