SewMichelle My Retreat Bag Pattern showcasing recessed zipper — SewMichelle

My Retreat Bag - PDF Downloadable Pattern

$10.95 USD

My Retreat Bag - PDF Downloadable Pattern

SewMichelle Patterns

$10.95 USD

My Retreat Bag is a versatile, yet girly tote bag that can be used for more than just going to a retreat.  Pack the bag with books for school or your workout clothes for hitting the gym.  The layers on the exterior add a girly feel to the bag and allow you to showcase your favorite fabrics or school colors.


Completed size of tote bag is approximately 15½” wide x 16” tall, 5½” deep 

 Minimum size hoop for the embroidery quote is 5" x 7".  However, it will have to be hooped twice when using that size hoop.  The embroidery retreat design will fit in one single hooping of a 6" x 12" or larger.  Both sizes are included with the pattern.

This pattern also offers something a little different as far as closures. The bags are made with a recessed zipper. If you haven’t ever tried a recessed zipper in bags before, now is your chance. The pattern includes easy to follow instructions that will make you want to put recessed zippers in all your bags from here on out. 

See a few of the bags the testers made:


Julie made this adorable bag using Loralie fabric as the main focus fabric.  She didn't embroider the retreat quote on it and it is still just as cute!!  Great job Julie!

 Sallie made this cheetah and teal My Retreat Bag.  So cute!!


Vanessa found the perfect fabric to make her My Retreat Bag -- love it Vanessa!!



Paula was inspired by these fall color fabrics for her My Retreat Bag.  Nice job!!  Love the sparkle in the fabrics!

Diana made this bag -- looks adorable even without the embroidery quote.  So cute Diana!!!   


Supplies Needed for My Retreat Bag:

  • 1 1/2 yd of Cotton Fabric for Exterior, Lining & Handles - Fabric A

  • ¾ yd Cotton Fabric for Exterior & Accent Piece - Fabric B

  • ½ yd Cotton Fabric for Accent Piece - Fabric C

  • ½ yd Pellon Fusible Fleece Stabilizer

  • 1 yd Pellon Decor Stabilizer

  • 21” or Longer Zipper

  • Pilot Frixion Marker

  • Point Turner

  • Matching Thread & Bobbin

  • Edge Stitch Foot (optional but helpful)

  • Clover Wonder Clips (optional but helpful)

  • Normal Sewing Notions


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