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The Lil' Leah is a smaller crossbody size bag that was created from her big sister, The Leah Tote. There are two sizes included in the pattern, the Skinny and the Minnie.  The Minnie was desinged to carry a standard 16.9 oz water bottle (like a Aquafina or Dasani bottle).  The Skinny was designed to carry a taller metal bottle.  Both versions have a front slip pocket with a magnetic snap closure on the front.  Inside, you will find a divided lining for the waterbottle, a slip pocket and credit card slots. Any type of lining fabric can be used, but because the bag is designed to carry a waterbottle, we recommend waterproof canvas. Skill Level: Intermediate.


The pattern includes 35 pages of written instructions, pattern pieces for non-square pieces (square pieces are a free download for those that purchase the pattern), component tabs, and over 160 step-by-step photos. We have also included a tester inspiration section with photos to get those creative juices flowing!


Skinny Finished Size: 9.5” W x 10” H x 3.25” D

Minnie Finished Size: 11” W x 8.25” H x 3.25” D


Materials List

  • 1 yard of material for the exterior (if you are using vinyl, faux leather, or cork, this is 2-18” rolls). If you want to use contrasting fabric, one 18” roll of main and one 18” roll of accent fabric.
  • 1 yard of woven interfacing if you are using cotton, cotton canvas or other similar weight fabric for the exterior.
  • 1/2 yard of lining material
  • 1/2 yards of woven interfacing if using cotton, linen, or other similar fabric for the lining
  • 18” of 36” wide Decovil Light stabilizer
  • 7” x 3” piece of  Decovil Heavy stabilizer
  • 2 yards of 3/8” to 1/2” cording


Hardware List                                        

  • 1 – #5 zipper cut to 14”                                 
  • 2 – 1” D-rings                                                
  • 2 – 1” swivel clasps                                       
  • 1 – Slide adjuster                                           
  • 1 – Zipper End                                               
  • 1 – ½” swivel clasp (optional key fob)                                              
  • Rivets (optional for slip pockets & crossbody strap)


This purchase is for a PDF pattern to construct The Lil' Leah, not a completed bag.  All pattern pieces are included. Due to the digital content, all sales are final.

The Lil' Leah-PDF Version

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