Coneflower Cross Body Bag - September 2018

The Coneflower cross body bag is a great, medium-sized unisex bag. It is an easier project, perfect for confident beginners. 

It has an exterior zippered pocket on one side and a main flap closure with two magnetic snaps, concealing a hidden pocket perfect for a regular iPad.  You can carry the bag with the flap towards your body for added security or carry it with the flap pointing outwards. 

For the bag's interior, there are two slip pockets and one zippered pocket.

The bag can be made in a variety of fabric types: fabric, cork, vinyl or waxed canvas. You can interface your bag with fusible fleece for a softer structure or with foam for a more structured look, according to your personal preference.

Materials needed:

Exterior fabric: 

1/2 yard Exterior fabric 1
1/4 yard or less Exterior fabric 2/Vinyl/Cork

Lining fabric:

1 yard Lining fabric


4 yards Fusible woven interfacing (20” wide)
8” W x 2.75” H Firm sew-in stabilizer (Pellon Peltex 70/Stiff Stuff interfacing)
1/2 yard Fusible fleece (45” wide)
***If you wish, you can substitute the fleece with foam for the body (not including the flap which requires fleece). You will need:
1 yard Foam interfacing (20” wide)

Notions and Supplies:

(1) 1.5” Rectangle slide
(2) 1.5” Rectangle ring
(2) 18mm magnetic snap
(1) 9” zipper (#3 dress zipper) for exterior pocket
(1) 7” zipper (#3 dress zipper) for interior pocket

Measurements: 9” W x 11” H x 2.75” D (23 cm x 28 cm x 7 cm) 

Inspiration Gallery


Cyndi Farfsing of The Nosy Pepper used Anna Maria Horner's Echinacea print with natural bamboo cork. The perfect fabric for this bag!! 


Chera Phipody of Phipody Handmade  used a Cotton and Steel fabric paired with light grey cork for her bag.


 Jessica Daley of Twigs & Needles made her lovely bag in a set of coordinating linen fabrics in purple and black.


Wendy Dunham of W.D. Handbags used an adorable gnome print with black essex linen and black faux leather.


Michelle Tripp of Barabooboo Designs used a fantastic typewriter panel from Cotton and Steel and paired it with a linen print with stars and blue vinyl. Instead of making her own straps as instructed in the pattern, she used seat webbing for her straps.


Tara Sinclair of Uh Oh Creations used two different coloured leathers paired with some amazing custom fabric panels for her Coneflower. 


Melissa Patterson from Handmade Millyn use Denim blue cork and a bark cloth fabric with triangles in a various shades of blue. Melissa's second photo shows her iPad in the flap pocket.



Sherri Ferraro from Munkee Made  made her bag entirely from cork. She used a combination of purple and black cork with silver hardware throughout. The photo of her bag's interior shows clearly the slip pockets and interior zippered pocket.


Abbe Coury from Just An E used a very cool Harry Potter print with black cork for her bag.  


Fiona Kelly of Tangled Blossoms Design  used Tokyo Milk's Neptune and the Mermaid fabric with navy blue cork.



Line Vienneau made a couple of Coneflower bags as they are quick to make! She chose some darker colour schemes for her bags - one with words on black and the other with a combination of patterns: stripes, polka dots and flowers.