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The Dash About Cross Body Bag


Hi Everyone!

I am soooooo excited to share my new pattern the Dash About Crossbody Bag with you today!  This fabulous slimline bag can be made in 2 sizes – Small or Large.

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The finished size of The Dash About Cross Body Bag measures approximately {Small – 11″ wide x 8.5″tall} and {Large – 14.5″ wide x 8.5″ tall}.


The Dash About Cross Body Bag pattern is a slim line and classy small bag that is perfect for when you need to dash about doing errands, but is still perfect for everyday use, and the best part – your hands are free!



This bag has been designed to be made using leather/faux leather/vinyl accents however, other fabric types (eg. Quilting Cotton, or another woven fabric) can be used instead – and yes there are detailed instructions included within the pattern if you would like to use these 😉

Buy the pattern in my Etsy store 😉

What are the requirements for the Dash About Cross Body Bag?  Well keep reading my friend…

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You can purchase the pattern on Etsy or Craftsy.

Now all that is out of the way…Let’s look at all the pretty Tester bags, we have some real stunners here too!

danielleCollageThis is Danielle from Paisley Avenue‘s Small version.  She used metallic rose gold leather and these lovely fabrics with gold birds, match made in heaven don’t you think?! Danielle had this to say about the pattern, “It is a great pattern, and I really love your extendable strap instructions!”


Liz from Bitter Candy made this lovely Small version…as you can see it is JUST big enough to fit her little doggy in 😉 Liz wrote her own blurb about the bag, and because I found it spot on (and funny, LOL!) I wanted to share it with you all…”Coming in two sizes with an adjustable strap this bag keeps life more fuss-free, hands-free, and bulk-free! Multiple compartments keep things organised and all within easy reach —  magnetic slip pocket for something on the front, a zip pocket for something else on the back, and one more zip pocket on the inside for more separation…This is the bag to grab when you have to ‘dash about’!”

Margareth made this beautiful Small version.  I love the fabric she has used…very native Australian, so detailed and just stunning! She changed the strap construction slightly to suit her own style, and I just love it! Margareth thought the pattern had “Very elaborate instructions as is your usual!”…you girls are starting to make me blush with your compliments 🙂
Nancy made BOTH sizes…I know, she is a SUPER STAR 😀
Grey and red are a stunning combination for bags…I love these and I think that fabric combo has to go on my list to make soon 🙂
Mary made this lovely Large version.  She used home decorator fabric and silk!  The result is perfect don’t you think?!
Lynne of Bags By Lyn Wam made this fun Large Version. I love the Kombi Van she has featured on the front.  Lynne said “this is another great pattern and style! It is very well written too :-)”
Barbara made this lovely Large version. How fun is her “Bee” fabric combo…I just love it!
Melisa from Melisa Jane made this funky Small version. I love the personal style she has added to her bag by changing the shape of the closure tab, it suits this fabric combo perfectly 🙂
Jane from S’more House Designs created this gorgeous Large version, and I am so glad she gave me permission to use her bag on the cover image for the pattern too! Jane had this to day about the pattern, “I absolutely love the Dash About Cross body Bag! I think the large is going to be great for carrying around all sorts of things while at the same time being slim and hands free enough that I won’t feel like I’m schlepping!”
Anna made this beautiful Large version. How pretty is her fabric combination – I’m really into navy and cream at the moment 😉 Anna had this to say about the pattern, “It was a quick sew!  It was my 1st time sewing with leather, I was pleased to discover that leather is not so difficult after all.” Great to hear Anna, there will be sooooooo much more leather in your future now 😉
Susan made this lovely Large version.  Her version is so fun, I love the orange 🙂 Susan had this to say about the pattern, “Once again, a great pattern – few pattern pieces and easy to follow instructions.”
Charlotte from Les envies de Charlotte made this fun and pink Small version.  She didn’t know that Pink is my favourite colour, but now she does as I have been admiring her bag since it was finished…and I sort of want it for myself 😉
Leslie from Love Ruby, made this beautiful Large version.  As you can see, she has added eyelets to the top of her Dash About Cross Body Bag for her strap to attach and doesn’t it look fabulous!  She is currently working on a tutorial for you all, demonstrating how to do this and it will appear here on my blog in the very near future, so stay tuned if you want this look for yourself 😉
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Jayne made this lovely Large version, isn’t it so classy in these colours!  Perfect for business or play 😉
Maria made this lovely Small version!  She has added pipping to the top of her front pocket and I think it is such a lovely addition 🙂
Kristina from Harley B Handmade mare this stunning Large version as a gift for a friend. She shortened the strap so that the bag can be worn over the shoulder. Kristina had this to say about the pattern, “I love the way you turn this bag right side out through the lining zipper pocket! I like the size and I like the accent pocket, overall the bag came together well.”
I hope some of the tester bags have given you some inspiration for your own Dash About Cross Body Bag!

Buy the pattern in my Etsy store 😉

I would love to see your Dash About Cross Body Bags, so please feel free to share them with me via FB, IG, or T 🙂 If you want to use the tags #dashaboutbag or #patternsbyemkie that would be awesome too!

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Happy Sewing!

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