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DIY Crossbody Bag – Small Cell Phone Pouch

The crossbody bag is ideal when going sightseeing, cycling, shopping, to concerts and about town. It’s perfect for when you need a few valuables safe on your body, rather than a massive granny-style bag. This easy quilted and fully-lined crossbody bag fits a cell phone, credit card, or cash and your lipstick. What more do you need to dance the night away? This DIY crossbody bag can be made from fabrics in your stash like cotton or linen or a suede finish fabric for evening. You can even embellish it with beads and tassels for an authentic festival style bag. 

diy small crossbody bag

Have you seen the photos of carefree women cycling along with a little crossbody bag to keep the vital necessities safe? With our free printable crossbody  pattern and step-by-step instructions, this could be you. The crossbody bag is quilted and perfect for keeping your cell phone safe, plus other essentials, like a credit card and lipstick. It is not only for days out cycling. Use it when you go shopping or at festivals and concerts when you want to be unencumbered and enjoy all the fun without a large bag weighing you down. You’re bound to have suitable fabric in your stash, so let’s get started.

mini crossbody bag finished

Below you will find my step by step written tutorial with VIDEO instructions for all the visual learners.

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How to make a Crossbody Bag

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Small Crossbody Bag VIDEO TUTORIAL


STEP 1: Prepare the crossbody bag pattern

Cut out the pattern pieces provided in the free downloadable PDF crossbody bag pattern. Select sufficient fabric to accommodate all the pattern pieces. You’ll also need a small section of lining fabric and fusible fleece to create the quilted effect. 

The seam allowance is 3/8″ (1cm) unless indicated otherwise and is already included in the pattern

mini cross body bag fabrics

If you don’t have enough material to cut one piece for the strap, you can cut two pieces plus an extra inch to make up the pattern length. 


Step 2: Cut out the fabrics

mini crossbody bag all pieces

Cut out: 

  • 2 fabric pieces for the main bag, 2 lining pieces, 2 fusible fleece pieces
  • 1 fabric piece for the pocket front, 1 lining piece and 1 fusible fleece piece.
  • 2 fabric pieces for the bag flap, 1 fusible fleece
  • 1 fabric strap
  • 2 fabric pieces to create loops

As you’ll see on the pattern, the fusible fleece will be slightly smaller, so you don’t have too much bulk around the seams. 


Step 3: Fuse fleece

Fuse the fleece to the pattern pieces, placing it onto the wrong side of the fabric and iron to fuse, according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Step 4 (optional): If the fabric frays.. 

Stitch around the edge of each of the 4 fabric pieces that comprise the bag, around 1/8 inch (3mm) from the edge, to prevent fraying as you work.


Step 5: Transfer design

Turn the pattern pieces right side up, and using the pattern which has the criss-cross design marked on it, make dots along the edges with a fabric pen where each line starts and ends on the front pocket piece. Use a ruler to join up the dots. 

mini crossbody bag transfering the deisign


Step 6: Quilt

Stitch along the lines to create the quilted effect on the pocket piece, starting from the center and working outwards. 


Step 7: Attach lining to pocket

Once you have completed the quilting, take the lining fabric and, placing right side to right side, stitch it along the top of the bag front using a 3/8 inch (1cm) seam allowance.

mini crossbody bag stitch lining to pocket

Flip it over, so the right sides of both pieces are showing, then stitch right around the edge, basically over that first line of stitching you created to prevent fraying. 

mini crossbody bag topstiching pocket


Step 8: Assemble

Lay the quilted pocket piece wrong side facing against the right side of the bag piece, then on top of that, lay the back part. Clip together.

asembling crossbody bag


Step 9: Sew

Back tacking at the start and finish, stitch all around the sides and bottom, 3/8 inch (1cm) from the edge, leaving the top open. Trim the edges neatly after sewing and make small V-shape nicks into the fabric on the curves to make it lie flat once turned. 

mini crossbody bag stitching the body


Step 10:

Turn the bag with its pocket the right way out. 


Step 11:

Take the bag flap pattern piece, place it right side up on the worktop, then take the matching flap with its attached fusible fleece, place right side down onto the first piece, line up the edges and clip together.


Step 12:

Stitch around the edge 3/8 inch (1 cm from the edge, then trim and make notches around the curved areas so it will lie flat when turned, Trim the excess off the corners and turn, so the flap is the right way out and press flat.


Step 13:

Topstitch around the sides and bottom of the flap as close to the edge as possible, then follow up with another line of topstitching 1/4inch (6mm) inside this line taking care that the double row of stitches is equally spaced.

topstitching flap of the diy crossbody bag


Step 14:

To create the loops for the strap attachments, take the two small pieces and fold them in half, then open out and fold in from each side to meet the center fold. Clip in place. Stitch down the open edges.


Step 15:

Slip the loop through the D-rings, line up the ends evenly and pin the ends together. Baste to keep in place.


Step 16:

Align the raw ends of the loops with the raw edges of back part of the bag. Clip in place. The strap will hang from here.


Step 17:

Stitch across the ends of the loops to attach them to the bag back tacking at the start and finish.


Step 18:

Pin or clip the flap piece to the side of the bag where the loops have been attached, and stitch in place using the usual 3/8 inch (1cm) seam allowance.

Step 19:

Take the two lining pieces for the main bag and place right side to right side. Stitch them down the sides and around the bottom leaving a 3 inch (8cm) gap for turning and back tacking at the start and finish. Notch out around the corners to ease the fabric when it is turned.

mini crossbody bag stitching lining

Step 20:

Slip them inside out completely over the quilted outer bag, making sure the flap is lying down against the back of the bag. Clip or pin all around the top.


Step 21:

Stitch the lining to the bag body, back tacking at the start and finish.

mini cross body bag stitching top


Step 22:

Gently pull the bag through the gap, then fold in the raw edges of the gap, and pin.


Step 23:

Stitch the gap on the lining to close the gap and create a neat finish. Tuck the lining inside the bag

mini crossbody bag sewing the gap


Step 24:

Press the bag.


Step 25: Prepare the strap

If you don’t have enough length of fabric for the strap you can join 2 pieces of fabric. Place the two lengths, right sides facing, at right angles to each other. Stitch diagonally from top left to bottom right, across the square formed where they overlap. Trim off the extra fabric next to the seam. Open out to create the correct length strap. Press the diagonal seam open. 

mini crossbody bag joining strap

Take the strap, fold it in half lengthways and press lightly. Open it flat and fold in one side to the middle fold, then the other side to meet the centerfold. Press in place, then fold over the one folded side to meet the other folded side and press. You now have enough strength in the strap.


Step 26:

Stitch along the open edge of the strap.

stopstiching strap of the cross body bag

Thread on the strap slider that will adjust the strap on the one side, taking the strap fabric back through the metal D-ring on the back of the bag and up over the inner bar of the strap slider. Fold over the end once to hide the raw edge and pin it to the strap. Stitch the end, back-tacking at the start and finish to ensure the stitching won’t pull loose. 


Step 27:

Now take the other end of the fabric strap and make sure there are no twists before threading it through the other D-ring. Fold over the raw edge before pinning it to the strap. Stitch, back tacking to make sure it is secure.

mini cross body bag sewing straps


Step 28:

Attach the stud closing so that your cell phone remains securely in the bag. As you see in the video, you can use metal studs either pressed with stud pliers or hammered into place. See our FAQ section for alternative closings if you don’t have this stud system.

small cell phone bag


Your small DIY crossbody bag is now ready to use, keeping the vital necessities of life on the move safely slung to your body. 



Small Crossbody bag FAQ:

Q: If I don’t have the system for attaching stud closures, can I use something else?

A: There are several alternatives to the stud closure. You can stitch on a press stud, then add a fancy button on the flap to finish the look. You can use a small piece of Velcro attached to the inside of the flap, with another piece on the front of the bag. Another method is to stitch a small loop made of the same fabric onto the flap, then place a button over which the loop can slip, on the front of the bag. 


I love the clever construction of this crossbody bag with the padding to keep your cell phone protected. Because it is slung crossbody, there is less chance of it slipping off a shoulder when cycling, getting on and off buses and trains, motorcycles, or in and out of cars. It is also safe, as being crossbody, it cannot be snatched easily. The bag leaves your hands free. If you liked this pattern, then hit the subscribe button to have more fun and useful patterns delivered to your inbox. They’re a great way to put those smaller pieces of fabric from your stash to good use.

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Click Here to Leave a Comment Below 11 comments
Soma @ - May 17, 2022

I love crossbody bags and yours is just wonderful!! Thanks so much for the tutorial.


Catherine - May 27, 2022

Thank you so much for sharing this great practical crossbody bag. I have managed it all up until I reached the attachment of the strap and I just can’t get my head around how it goes together!
Sorry for my lack in knowledge but totally new to all this crafting malarkey!
I am loving the process of learning different things so it is a winner for me!

    Helen - May 30, 2022

    Ahh, got you. This is the trickiest part
    Did you watch the video – the threading part starts here
    To slow down the video just click the gear-shaped Settings button, choose playback speed and set it to x0.5
    Hope that helps

Michele Morin - July 8, 2022

Recently I switched to a crossbody bag, and they’re great!

Jennifer Wise - July 9, 2022

What a great tutorial! This would be so handy! Pinning. (visiting from Penny’s Passion blog linkup)

Grandma's House DIY - July 11, 2022

Thanks for sharing with us, I’ll be featuring you this week when the next to Grandma’s house we go link party starts!

    Helen - July 14, 2022

    Thank you so much, Tarah!

Stephanie 139a - July 13, 2022

That looks a really useful and versatile pattern – thanks for sharing with #PoCoLo

Michelle - August 16, 2022

Hello! I love your tutorials and patterns!
For this cross-body bag, what size d rings and adjuster did you use? Thanks!

    Helen - August 17, 2022

    Hi Michelle, it’s great to hear you liked my patterns and tutorials so much!
    I used 3/4 (2cm) wide D-rings and adjuster

Joyce Hunt - October 24, 2022

I made one of these and love it. I’ve made similar ones from a different pattern but this is the one I reach for every time. And now I’ve made one to use in the house since my back-brace blocks easy access to my pockets (not that most women’s pants have decent pockets). I recently took my favorite one apart and added a small pocket near the bottom on the front to hold my earbud charger. It’s perfect! Thanks for sharing this with us.


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