Presidio Purse


This oversized hobo style handbag is perfect for carrying everything AND the kitchen sink! It has customizable insets (gathered or plain) and handles (with or without hardware).

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This oversized hobo style handbag is perfect for carrying everything AND the kitchen sink! It has customizable insets (gathered or plain) and handles (with or without hardware).

The pattern includes home print or copy shop print options. The 13 pages of instructions have 82 meticulous, step-by-step illustrations. This pattern is for a confident beginner or intermediate sewist, but a beginning sewist should be able to follow along with the sewalong where the more advanced sewist will also find some fun and challenging customization options.

See the Presidio Purse page for a complete sewalong with step-by-step photographs and a full video sewalong! You’ll also find several additional customization ideas and pictures of finished purses from other sewists.

This pattern is available in digital format.
Digital: The .pdf includes separate printing layouts for home printing (8.5″x11″/A4 paper) and copy shop printing (A0/wide format paper). For the home print option, the exact pages necessary for each view and option are listed so you only need to print the pages necessary for your view and size.

Suggested Fabrics:

Body: canvas, upholstery fabrics, denim, corduroy, heavy twills
Lining: quilting cottons and lightweight twills
Interfacing: midweight woven interfacing


8″ (20 cm) standard zipper for interior
18-22″ (45-55 cm) heavy duty zipper for exterior
2 – 2″ x 1: [50 mm x 25 mm] rectangular rings (View A only)


One size – large. 18″ (46cm) wide x 18″ (46cm) tall x 6″ (15cm) deep


Confident Beginner

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11 reviews for Presidio Purse

  1. 5 out of 5

    This bag is huge! Huge is just what my daughter wanted, of course. It is a great pattern! So many options. Next time I make it, I will definitely use some cording.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Great pattern, very versatile. Make it your own by sewing it to carry your books, gym gear, baby’s stuff, as a weekender… you name it.
    If you’re the type of woman that needs to carry everything in her purse, then you want this bag : )

  3. 5 out of 5

    A great bag pattern with great instructions. Every detail has been well thought through and thoroughly tested. You can not fail to be pleased with the pattern or the bag.

    The bag its self is MASSIVE! You can truly fit everything you could possibly want in here. In our house it’s become known as the ‘Go Bag’. It’s a Tardis. However, it’s still comfortable to throw over your shoulder. There are several choices of detail on the pattern and a million ways that you can customise it to your own look. Nothing could not be more versatile.

    Go for it! What more can I say?

  4. 5 out of 5

    This bag is large enough to carry the sports gear and clothes, yet much more attractive than a gym bag. It has a secure interior pockets for keys and a wallet. Also pockets for pens, pencils and your phone.

  5. 5 out of 5

    The perfect bag for that gal who likes to carry a WHOLE LOTTA stuff! The instructions were easy to follow, the illustrations just right. This bag is very functional and so easy to make it your own with different fabrics and notions. It’s whole lotta fun to sew up too!

  6. 5 out of 5

    The instructions for this bag are very clear and even non experienced bag makers should be able to successfully sew it. If you want to make a very large bag I think this purse is a very good option.

  7. 5 out of 5

    I love this bag! I have used it as a nappy bag, work bag, beach bag, everyday bag and a crafting bag all the space of 3 weeks! It really is a huge bag.

    The pattern itself is easy to follow and comes together nicely. I highly recommend it!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Love! Love! Love this pattern.
    Easy to sew.
    Big enough to fit everything I need and on top of it looks amazing!!!!!
    Will be making more.

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