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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 designed to carry a standard 16.9 oz water bottle (like an Aquafina or Dasani bottle), and 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 water bottle, a slip pocket, and credit card slots. Any type of lining fabric can be used, but because the bag is designed to carry a water bottle, we recommend waterproof canvas.


The pattern includes 35 pages of written instructions, pattern pieces for non-square pieces (square pieces are a free download for those who 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

Skill Level - Intermediate


Materials List

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


Hardware List

  • 2 – D-Rings 1"
  • 2 – Swivel Clasps 1"
  • 1 – Slide Adjuster 1"
  • 1 – #5 Zipper Pull
  • 1 – #5 Zipper cut to 14”
  • 1 – Zipper End
  • 1 – Swivel Clasp 1/2"
  • Rivets (optional for slip pockets & crossbody strap)


An accompanying YouTube video tutorial will walk you through each step.


As always, please email me with questions at


Most of all, have fun and enjoy your Lil' Leah!


Happy Sewing!



This purchase is for a physical print pattern to construct The Lil' Leah, not a completed bag.  Full-size pattern pieces are included. All sales are final.

The Lil' Leah - Print Version

SKU: 795276774013
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