New Pattern! The Traverse Bag

New Pattern! The Traverse Bag - NoodleheadIf you’ve checked out Instagram in the past week or so you might have noticed I taught at Sewtopia this past weekend in Denver, Colorado. I had a super lovely time and met the most amazing women. So for the event I designed a new pattern, the Traverse Bag! And awesomely enough, today I’ve got this newest pattern available for purchase in my shop!

Click here for more information and to purchase!

New Pattern! The Traverse Bag - Noodlehead

Traverse Regular (left) and Mini (right)

It was pretty magical to watch 80 women sew this bag. To see it come together in so many fabric combinations is truly something I’ll never tire of.

So for this bag I was definitely consumed with making something on the small side, a bag for traveling and for summer and one that’ll hold all your essentials securely. I ended up making two sizes because the ‘Mini’ size is just too cute not to include. Here’s a few of the features of this bag:

  • two sizes to sew! (regular and mini)
  • zippered main compartment
  • back zippered pocket
  • front pocket for the things you reach for most (I’m looking at you phone and keys!)
  • crossbody style with adjustable strap
  • interior slip pocket
    New Pattern! The Traverse Bag - Noodlehead

    Back of Traverse Bag

On my trip to Denver I used the Regular size and it was seriously the best ever. I felt super comfortable walking through the airport and jumping in and out of Ubers. It carried everything I needed without feeling weighed down and there was never a point where I was stuck fishing through the bottom of my bag to find what I needed. I call that a win for sure.New Pattern! The Traverse Bag - Noodlehead

I’m excited to make more and show off the samples I’ve made so far. As for summer, which is just around the corner, I’m ready to make the Mini and take it with on all our summer adventures.New Pattern! The Traverse Bag - Noodlehead

New Pattern! The Traverse Bag - Noodlehead

Lastly, I have some hardware kits leftover from Sewtopia, so they’re listed in the shop in limited quantities. They include both zippers, strap hardware, cording for making pipingย and leather pulls. The only thing that isn’t part of the kit is the snap. The reason being is that there are many different snap types and manufacturers, so I’ll link to those here. You’ll need to have the corresponding setting tool for whatever snap you use, so don’t forget that! I have a press, but there are also hand setting tools for under $10 as well.

For this pattern, I recommend using a size 24 (sometimes called Line 24) snap:

Tandy Leather (snaps, hand setting tool: setter, anvil, or set w/tool)
Gold Star Tool (snaps, hand setting toolย (choose GS-HS#803L-RNG-15mm, press) (snaps, hand setting tool, press)
Snapsource (snaps, hand setting tool: you’ll want the setting tool plus the size 24 adapter)
Dritz (snaps, hand setting tool)

Many of these items or something similar may be available at your local quilt shop or craft store, so please check there as well!New Pattern! The Traverse Bag - Noodlehead


New Pattern! The Traverse Bag - Noodlehead

Traverse Mini

New Pattern! The Traverse Bag - Noodlehead

Traverse Regular

Click here for more information and to purchase the pattern!
Traverse Bag Hardware Kit available here!

New Pattern! The Traverse Bag - Noodlehead

25 thoughts on “New Pattern! The Traverse Bag

  1. raniss says:

    I’m always looking for a bag with the right kind of pockets I want and this just might be it!

  2. Nina says:

    I like the look of this, Anna! The front flap pocket + zip top is unusual. I spent so long carrying my stuff around in a big jumble in a tote – it makes such a difference not to be always scrabbling around in the bottom of your bag for things, doesn’t it?!

  3. Martha Meyer says:

    Nice photos! Great pattern-

  4. This is my dream bag!! Thanks for including two sizes, as I find both necessary for my various activities.
    Quick question: would a magnetic snap work for the front pocket closure? Thanks for another great design!

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Thanks Jocelyn! Yes, a magnetic snap would work. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Another fantastic looking bag pattern!

  6. Monica says:

    Oh, I love this!!! I already have so many bags on my to-sew list (and I think they are all your designs!), but I’m adding this bag to the list!

  7. Leanne says:

    Another awesome bag pattern! You rock, Anna! I can’t keep up with you!

  8. Susanne says:

    This is perfect! I’ve been looking for a smaller size crossbody style bag pattern with a zipper closure. I can’t wait to get making!

  9. bekki says:

    I really likr this design. I love all of the pockets.

  10. Kathryn says:

    Cute design but does this bag have heavy interfacing or something to help it hold it’s shape when in use? I find most bags I’ve made collapse if I put much in them..

    1. Katie says:

      If the pattern doesn’t, you can always just add something like soft and stable to it to help it keep it’s shape ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. Anna Graham says:

      Hi Kathryn, thanks for your question. It does have interfacing on both the exterior and lining pieces. As the designer, I have to designate specific interfacing that I recommend and prefer, but you, as the sewist, are free to use whatever you prefer! Great, right?! Also keep in mind the suggested materials, as I usually don’t recommend quilting cotton for the exterior fabric choice. Let me know if that makes sense. ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Kathryn says:

        Thanks for your reply. I’m glad you specify interfacing and suggested materials in your pattern. Many bag patterns do not and I’m never sure what to use. I will follow up with your pattern.

  11. Katie says:

    Oh my goodness! This pattern makes me think of an Envelope Clutch (which is one of my all time favorites to sew) that has ‘grown up’ into a full on purse. I must have five immediately!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  12. elsa says:

    Oh, this is my kind of bag! I carry a Queen Bee bag during the rainy winter here in Portland and I’ve been wondering what to do for the summer. This is it! So glad you design fab bags!!!

  13. Lene Hedegaard says:

    That is a gorgeous bag! I may making that for sure! Which fabric did you use for the mini?

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Thanks Lene! Both bags are made with Maker Maker by Sarah Golden for Andover Fabrics.

      1. Lene Hedegaard says:

        Thank you! Got the last 3 yards from ?

  14. Vos partages me plaient beaucoup! C’est super!!!

  15. Bravo ! Votre blog est l’un des meilleurs que j’ai vu !

  16. Nancy Iannelli says:

    Anna is the fabric you use a canvas? Do you have suggested needles? I’ve never seen on canvas or attempted a bag, but am thinking of the larger of the two.
    Can I order the notions from you? I’d like as close a replicate as possible and most stores just don’t carry quality notions. Oh btw, do you use a heavier three then as well? Sorry for all the rookie questions. Nancy

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Hey Nancy,
      These are a mid-weight fabric. Heavier than quilting cotton, but a bit lighter than canvas. I suggest a size 14 or 16 needle and a polyester thread. My hardware kits are sold out now, but I hope to restock soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Alma says:

    Hello, I made the Traverse mini bag last night and absolutely love it. I have a question about zippers for the mini size–can you recommend a source? I’m new to making bags and am having a hard time finding matches zippers in 11″ and 6″ with metal teeth. Any suggestions?

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Awesome Alma! So for the mini the sizes are 12″ and 6″, I’ve got the links to my sources on the bottom of page 2 of the PDF. ๐Ÿ™‚

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