Vekza Bowler Bag – PDF Sewing Pattern

The Vekza is my first pattern to include binding. Why? Because binding is the perfect way to get gorgeous curves on the exterior of your bag. Someone described it to me as acting like a skeleton to provide the bag with good structure. It’s a great new skill to learn so don’t be put off if it’s your first time. This sophisticated bowler bag features a curved front zip pocket and inside it has a zip and slip pocket. It has rolled handles and a lovely shape. Overall the pattern isn’t too complex, you just need to take your time and follow the tips to getting a great curve on that front zip pocket – that’s what makes in an intermediate pattern.

Full video tutorial

Hardware Kit

Finished size: 9″ tall x 12 1/2″ wide x 4″ deep.

Skill level: Intermediate


(16 customer reviews)

This is a PDF pattern in English available for instant download. See the “DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS” page for details on how to download your pattern after purchase.

Full Video Tutorial

Hardware Kit

Materials required:

  • 44″ No.5 zipper tape & 4 zipper pulls
  • 10″ No.3 zip
  • 4 x 1″ Rectangle rings
  • 2/3yd Exterior fabric (44″ width)
  • 3/4yd Lining fabric (44″ width)
  • 1 1/2yd Medium woven interfacing – SF101/Wovenfuse/G700 (35″ width)
  • 2/3yd Sew-in foam – Bosal/Annie’s S&S/Style-Vil (35″ width)
  • 6″ x 12″ Fusible fleece – Pellon 987F/Thermolam/Vilene H640
  • 2 1/2yd Double fold binding
  • 1 1/4yd Piping cord (optional for rolled handles)
  • 4 x Bag/purse feet (optional)

As this is an electronic product, I cannot process refunds or returns as they cannot be returned once delivered. This pattern, once purchased, is not to be shared or reproduced in any way.

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To make this bag you’ll need to use various tools/equipment. You should only use tools that are well maintained and that you are competent at using. I recommend reading and following the safety instructions provided by the manufacturer of each tool. This pattern does not include safety precautions for the use of tools, so you are responsible for the safe use of any tools you use. If in doubt, seek guidance from an experienced professional on the tools you are using or contact the manufacturer directly. You are responsible for ensuring that you have a safe and suitable working environment. The instructions in this pattern are suggestions only and you are responsible for ensuring that you can carry out the suggestions safely without causing injury or harm to yourself or others. You are also responsible for ensuring that your sewing machine and other equipment are capable of carrying out the suggestions. I cannot be held accountable for damage caused because the tools used are unsuitable.

16 reviews for Vekza Bowler Bag – PDF Sewing Pattern

  1. Leanne

    This is an amazing bag and with so clear instructions

  2. Cinzia Salamone

    I started making the pattern and love the bag. I have the ram allowance to finish. Mae many mistakes lol. My zipper for the front ouch came out a bit wonky… too loose but I will be making it again! Love it!

  3. Gertraud Huber

    Sehr schöne Tasche, habe Videos auf Youtube gesehen und musste sie haben (beautiful Bag, I saw it on YouTube and I must have)

  4. Gertraud Huber

    Sehr schöne Tasche, habe Videos auf Youtube gesehen und musste sie haben (beautiful Bag, I saw it on YouTube and I must have)

  5. Rachael A

    I am so amazed by this pattern. I made a great bag on the first try. I love it! It looks like I bought it. I love that I could do this level of greatness on my sewing machine (Brother Project Runway XR9500). The bag is so sturdy. I love it!

  6. Michelle Page

    this bag is just beautiful

  7. Vicki G Major

    I haven’t printed it yet.

  8. Sara

    I loved making this bag! The pattern was straight forward and well written instructions. My only issue is with the binding…. but that is because I am just not proficient with it…. I do more birthed bags…. I know there is the option to birth this bag…. but I gotta practice harder techniques like binding….. so thank you for writing a great pattern…. and inspiring me to get better with my sewing….and binding!

  9. Debi P

    Great design for a really functional bag. Really happy with the outcome and would highly recommend this pattern if you want a really professional look.

  10. Cathee

    As usual, Country Cow patterns and videos are first rate! Love the style, the instruction and follow align with a comprehensive video.

  11. Christine Drake

    Love this pattern. Came together beautifully.

  12. Anne Sue Cheney

    I haven’t made this bag yet, but it fits all my criteria. Im really looking forward to starting this. The instructions seem to be very clear

  13. Suzy Saxon

    Jo has done it again !! ,this pattern is clear well written , with step by step picture to help, a bonus is the tutorial on youtube , Thanks Jo great pattern and lovely design

  14. Elona Namor

    Wonderful pattern, unique design. Well written and love that it includes video content.

  15. Elileen Byrne

    Really looking forward to making this bag and the pictures are a great help.

  16. Kate Kakridas

    Even though this pattern is a little above my expertise in the bag making world, I live how well written the pattern was. In the instructions, in each section of assembling the pieces, Jo tells you what pieces to have in front of you. This makes it a lot less confusing than trying to find the right piece amount so many pieces. Even though there are tutorials on this bag, I personally like to sew from the written instructions. I haven’t quite finished the bag as I am at the point of starting the binding. I’ll be sure to post a photo when I am done.

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