' Sew a Little Red Riding Hood bag!

Pattern and tutorial for a little red riding hood bag.

Hello dearest fairy tale lovers!

Are you ready for fairy tale project number three? Yes? So, let´s sew a Little Red Riding Hood bag! This is a very "open" interpretation of this awesome fairy tale but I think it will suit any girl´s little wardrobe perfectly as a quirky red highlight! 


fabric paint in red and white
lining fabric (we used a red one with white polka dots)
sewing machine

First print out your template and prepare the letter template to be used for painting on the burlap. With a paper knife or cutter carefully cut out the letters. Please don´t cut yourself!

Cut out two bag outside pieces of burlap and two bag inside pieces of lining fabric (please keep in mind you need to cut on the fold or print out the pattern pieces twice and tape them together!) Also cut two top edge pieces of burlap.

First we will create the pleats on the bag outside. Take one of the bag outside pieces you just cut from burlap and fold the pleats from the side towards the middle (where the fold is) where indicated. Pin in place and then simply sew an inch down on each pleat to secure it. Don´t forget to backstitch to secure the thread before cutting off. Repeat for the second piece of burlap.

Now determine which one will be your bag front, lay the letter template on top of it (where you want the "I love red" to be positioned) and go over it with your fabric paint. According to the manufacturer´s instructions iron the paint to make it permanent and washable. 

Time to sew on the top edge on both burlap pieces. Take one burlap piece and put it in front of you, right side up. Lay one of the top edge pieces on top of it, matching the raw edges and pin in place. Sew together with a quarter inch seam allowance. Take your iron and press the seam allowance towards the top edge, topstitch on the top edge to keep the seam allowance in place. Repeat for the second outside bag piece. 

Now lay your two finished outside pieces on top of each other, right sides facing each other. Secure with a few pins. Sew along the sides and bottom, leave the top open!

To create the inside of the bag, simply take the two lining pieces, lay on top of each other, right sides together. Like we just did for the bag outside, we will sew along the sides and bottom and leave the top open. But this time leave a 4 inch opening in the bottom of the lining. We will need it to turn the bag right side out later!

Time to make the strap. Cut one piece of burlap, measuring 2.5 x 30 inches and one piece of lining in the same size. As working with burlap can be a bit tricky here´s what I did. I layered the burlap and lining, right sides together and was sewing down the long side on one edge (again we are using a quarter inch seam allowance). Then I folded the raw edges of the burlap and the lining a quarter inch inwards and pressed. This way I created nice and neat edges that I simply pinned together. Now you can topstitch over it, very close to the edge - see, you just secured the unsewn long end and topstitched the same side in one go! Topstitch the other side of your strap as well!

To put the bag together you will need to turn the outside bag body right side out and the inside bag body wrong side out. Push the outside bag body into the inside, matching the side seams. Now we need to get the strap in there as well. The strap needs to be layered between the outside and inside exactly in the middle of each side seam. Be careful that you don´t twist the strap! Make sure all top edges match up nicely and pin in place. 

Sew all around the top of the bag with a quarter inch seam allowance. Cut your thread and turn the bag right side out through the opening you left in the lining. You can either close the opening by hand stitching or you use your sewing machine and sew with a very small seam allowance. I usually do it by hand.

Last thing to do is press the top edge of the bag and topstitch all the way around it! 

Ta-daa! Admire your work! Wrap up, grab the new bag and go on a walk through the woods to show it off!

If there are any problems at all, let me know! Have a beautiful weekend! 

Tip Junkie


  1. I think this is brilliant! But how do you get around the itchiness of burlap?

    1. Thank you! It is actually not very itchy at all...I kept thinking the same so i never used it in my sewing, but I found out it´s quite nice to work with!

  2. Oh man, this makes me want to have a daughter so I can make this for her! What a cute project!
    - Ruby (via Blog hop)

    1. I think you should have one for yourself! :) It is cute for kids but also cute for grown-ups that are "kids at heart" :)