Sew Powerful Cross Body Purse 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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The Cross Body Purse is a must-have in every doll's wardrobe! Perfect for any season and a variety of styles. Create a variety of unique looking purse designs with your choice of fabric type and embellishment details!

This darling cross body purse is the perfect accessory for every doll. You can achieve many different looks with the two options we have included. For more of an upscale look, the pleated pocket on the front flap is the answer. If you would like a simpler purse to add your own cute accents, choose view A. It's a blank canvas ready to embellish! The purse is fully lined and has a flat front slip pocket as well as a small interior slip pocket. Perfect for those tiny treasures! The construction is simple with just a few pattern pieces and simple box pleats to shape the corners of the bag. The strap can be sewn from fabric or choose to use decorative trim for a variety of looks!

Suggested fabrics include twill, denim, faux leather or suede, corduroy, velveteen, or any mid-weight fabric. Have fun adding a little surprise and delight to the inside of the bag with a printed lining or accent color. Quilting cottons work for both the lining and the bag as well. Fat quarters or even fat eighths work too!

Supplies Needed:
-1/4 yard purse body fabric  
-1/4 yard lining fabric (or two smaller pieces if using coordinating fabrics)
Optional: embellishments

Skill Level: Beginner (View A) - Intermediate (View B)


What You Get: One 29 page sewing pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! The PDF sewing pattern provides full color step-by-step illustrated instructions and full-size pattern pieces. A PDF reader is required to view and print the files (example: Adobe Reader or Preview for MAC). The download link is received immediately after the transaction is complete. Print copies are NOT available.

Get the matching girl sized purse for FREE through Sew Powerful! Learn more about this exciting opportunity for you to partner with us to empower girls and women in Zambia, without leaving your home. For more info go to It costs us about $5 to fill a purse for a girl in Zambia, this helps to provide a job for a local seamstress and equips the girl in the community. The doll size purse is available for just $4.99 and with each sale we are passing along the proceeds to Sew Powerful to help cover those costs. So thank you in advance for your purchase - together we are so powerful!


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A Pixie Faire Customer
Becca G.
United States United States

Cute but a little small.

This is a cute purse but almost too small to work with. It turned out well and was adorable for the doll.

Lisa A.
United States United States

Perfect Accessory!

I’m not usually big on making doll purses, but with back to school clothes on my mind, this one was a great completion to an outfit. All the details make this purse very realistic. While corduroy was suggested as a fabric, my fine wale corduroy was difficult to work with … I’d probably choose a quilting weight cotton for both the body and lining the next time. (I’ve never made the “people sized” purse for this pattern, but might like to try it, too!)

Pixie Faire Sew Powerful Cross Body Purse 18 Doll Clothes Pattern Review
A Pixie Faire Customer
Peggy C.
United States United States

Adorable mini purse

I love this adorable doll-sized purse! It is just like the full-size purse but in miniature and is perfect on my 18" dolls. Now they have a Sew Powerful purse, too!


Pixie Faire

Awesome, thanks for sharing your feedback!

Michelle N.
United States United States

Great pattern

I just finished my first purse a couple of days ago. I really like the way it went together and the instructions were very clear. Looking forward to making many more for the Sew Powerful program.

Elizabeth M.
United States United States

A Little Tricky....But Cute!

I have sewn the big size sew powerful purse, and so I was expecting this to go together like that one. I was a bit disappointed that the directions were a bit different for the doll size. I felt the inner extra pocket was unnecessary, and made it a bit more difficult. I also had to change the way to make the strap because the method shewn just didn't work for me due to the tiny size. I will use the pattern again because I like the end just took a few tries to get it right. Maybe this is just personal preference, but I felt the directions were a bit confusing in places, and the fabric you used for the example was hard to look at. A plain fabric would have been nicer to be able to see what stitches you were doing. I couldn't recommend this pattern for a beginner, but those with experience should be able to figure it out.

Pixie Faire Sew Powerful Cross Body Purse 18 Doll Clothes Pattern Review