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The Mara Clutch and Shoulder Bag - PDF Sewing Pattern

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The Mara Clutch and Shoulder Bag is a stylish handbag, with a soft yet structured body and a super cool reversible flap. This design gives you the perfect opportunity to showcase 2 different materials or 2 different colors. One bag, many different possibilities!
The reversible and removable flap features a cutout for the handle, making it possible to be worn as a strapless clutch. Additionally, it also has a removable shoulder length, Chanel-inspired chain strap and can be worn as an elegant shoulder bag. 
It closes with cleverly installed, truly invisible magnets. The back has a sexy fully-lined slip pocket, made just how the professionals do it, by turning the edges. At 15" wide, it provides plenty of room for all your necessities, without feeling oversized. The perfect combination of form and function.
The inside features a generous zipper pocket as well as a slip pocket with piping detail. The body of the bag features darts, to give it depth, without making it bulky.
This handbag is the epitome of feminine chic. It is super versatile, and although it features lots of professional details, it is fairly simple to construct. It can be dressed up for a night out or down for everyday errands. 

This is an intermediate level sewing pattern, with many professional bag making techniques that are sure to elevate your experience as a bag maker, as well as the workmanship of your bags.

It comes with ultra detailed step-by-step picture instructions. It can be domestic machine friendly, but your machine needs to be strong as it needs to go over multiple layers of faux leather and stabilizers. Please refer to the additional information below.

This sample was made with our pebble faux in black, and our metallic goddess faux leather in hot pink. We have also prepared kits for you, with virtually everything you need to make your very own Mara Clutch and Shoulder Bag.

This is a PDF digital download that you can print at home. It comes with a comprehensive instruction booklet, a print-at-home pattern file as well as a copy shop pattern file.

Due to the digital nature of this product, it is non-refundable. If you have any questions, please send us an email at

Warning: we recommend the use of very strong magnets in the construction of this bag. If you have a pacemaker, I do not recommend using the magnets. 

 Level Intermediate
Finished size 15" (W), 10" (H), 2" (D)
Materials needed Please refer to the last picture
Recommended fabrics Please refer to the last picture
Domestic machine friendly? Yes, as long as your machine can handle up to 8 layers of fabric + stabilizer. Ideal for semi-industrial or industrial sewing machines.


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Fabric and faux leather are sold in 1/2 yard increments, pre-cut. Multiple quantities cannot be cut in 1 piece. 

Webbings are sold in 1 yard increments.

We have made a very honest attempt to portray the correct color, as it appears in real life. However, the actual color may vary due to monitor settings.