Noriko Handbag Purse Pattern

Lazies, Just in time for some Lazy holiday sewing, the Noriko Handbag pattern is here! You might remember Noriko, she appeared in a magazine a while back. Since then, I’ve received tons of emails asking to make her available as a Lazy Girl Designs pattern. Here she is!

NOTE: Due to incredible demand, the Noriko Handbag pattern is now available for purchase at Craftsy. 12/9/13

Noriko Handbag with button closure and beaded tassel.
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My concept for the Noriko Handbag design was to utilize one pattern piece for the body of the bag. The cover and lining are composed of four identical pieces, which meet at the bottom and come to a soft point. I took my inspiration for Noriko from a football, a pumpkin and a teardrop.

I used one fabric for the four cover pieces. Just for fun I used purple and green fabrics for the lining, two panels in each color. Use lots of fabrics for a scrappy look.

This is a nice view of how the sides tuck in.
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The gentle curve at the seams creates a stable base, allowing the bag to sit upright when resting. The sides of the bags can be tucked in to nestle into the bag, allowing it to pack flat when not in use. This is a simple, delicate bag, named after my interpreter for two business trips to Japan in recent years.

This is a nice view of how the sides tuck in,
allowing the bag to lie flat when not in use.
Click image to enlarge.

NOTE: Due to incredible demand, the Noriko Handbag pattern is now available for purchase at Craftsy. 12/9/13

Click here for the Noriko Handbag pattern by Lazy Girl Designs.

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It means a great deal to me that you join in on the Lazy fun and share your creations, stories and enthusiasm with me. I hope you’ll have fun with Noriko and give this unique Lazy Girl a try.


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  1. Mary Jo — August 17, 2009 @ 6:56 pm

    Thanks for sharing the free patten. This will be a great gift idea for holiday giving. My mother in law is always looking for unique homemade gift ideas.

  2. Diane — August 30, 2009 @ 1:35 am

    Thank you for the free pattern. It’s a great design. and I look forward to making it I really like the fabric that you used. Are you able to tell us who made and where it would be available to purchase?
    Thanks again,

  3. cyndi — September 15, 2009 @ 7:51 am

    looks exactly like the bags i make.
    how strange
    did you see mine on craftster?

    • Joan Hawley replied: — September 15th, 2009 @ 8:48 am

      Hi Cyndi, I’d love to see your creations! Please send a link. Joan

  4. dee — September 25, 2009 @ 2:10 pm

    i want to thank you for the free pattern NORIKO BAG. im a beginer on this bag.i made one,it came out pretty good.the instruc..were easy.thats why i like your patterns easy and simple.
    my bag has fall colors.and i use fusible web(iron),to gave him more stability..thk you for sharing this free in a fix income ,and i cant afford to buy the patterns..thk again…

  5. Anjeanette — November 3, 2009 @ 4:35 pm

    Wonderful!! Thanks so much for the great directions and for sharing them!!

  6. Sheree — November 5, 2009 @ 4:52 pm

    thank you for this great pattern. You have given me my christmas gifts to my staff. Each year I make them something special and now I know what I’m making this year. A million thanks.

  7. Whimsy — November 21, 2009 @ 3:14 pm

    What a great pattern! I love making gifts that are useful but unusual, and this purse is just the thing! All the ladies on my list will be getting one!

    Maybe I will embroider big bright flowers on the front with a matching lining color, the possibilities are endless!

  8. Jeannie — December 6, 2009 @ 9:46 pm

    This is a lovely little bag and I can’t wait to make one! Would love to know where to purchase similar fabric…it is gorgeous. Thank you for your generosity in providing the pattern as well.

  9. Anne — February 15, 2010 @ 6:06 pm

    Wonderful pattern – thank you so much for your generosity :-) Love the fabric you’ve used.
    Anne x

  10. Francine — March 1, 2010 @ 5:34 pm

    I like this bag alot, however, I absolutely LOVE the fabric!!!! Can you lead me in the right direction to purchase a few yards of the fabric?


  11. bug — March 23, 2010 @ 7:51 am

    what a Great idea you’ve given me.. this is really a designer inspired hand bag .. i’ve known some that made those inspired bag and it really looks great

  12. Faith Wallis — March 31, 2010 @ 12:25 am

    This bag is amazing! I am making it currently as my daughter’s Easter basket (I always give her something she can use afterwards…one year was a wastebasket with flowers on it, another year was a bucket she could play with later…). It is so adorable!

    One question for anyone that wants to answer…do you think the engineering of the bag would fail (it wouldn’t sit up, be a beautiful cup) if you doubled the size of the pattern?

    I will definitely be making this bag again and adding embellishments and other beautiful stuff.

    Thank you so much!
    Faith Wallis

  13. Supru — April 10, 2010 @ 7:15 am

    That’s totally awesome! Thx for the pattern!!

  14. janelle — April 24, 2010 @ 7:32 am

    I’m an avid bag maker and I ca’t believe that this lovely bag pattern is for free.Thanksyou so much.

  15. Michelle — May 5, 2010 @ 5:19 pm

    Thanks for this bag pattern!! I have been searching for a nice bag to make to carry my sock knitting projects in and I’m not energized enough to create my own from scratch. This one is unique and perfect for my purposes!! Thanks again for sharing it….it is a lot like the ‘Two Hour Tulip Bag’ but without the pockets…

  16. Leslie — May 17, 2010 @ 12:01 am

    I am SO LAZY and SO NEW to sewing, so this bag is perfect for me! Thanks so much – I shall have to subscribe to these lazzzzzzzzzeeeeeeee doings!

  17. victoria — June 6, 2010 @ 11:38 pm

    me gustaria saber como puedo conseguir este patron el bolso esta precioso gracias

  18. Donn — June 15, 2010 @ 6:09 am

    Thankyou. This looks ‘FANTABULOUS’ and simple enough. Can’t wait to get sewing.

  19. Véro28 — June 22, 2010 @ 8:44 am

    Thank you very much for the gift of this data sheet.
    I do not speak English but I tried to do in helping me bag the Google translation tool.

  20. Elizabeth — June 29, 2010 @ 2:40 am

    These turn out so cute, Thank you for the pattern, I made my mom one, she loves it, I used a lilac or wistiera fabric and another one in a peacock fabric. They make me smile when I see them.

  21. margaret — July 11, 2010 @ 9:39 am

    I love the pattern! My purse turned out perfect.

  22. Cyndi H — August 2, 2010 @ 11:30 am

    What a wonderfully lazy pattern! I’m a beginning sewer and this is perfect! The less complicated, the better. I’m going to make this up to take to Vegas with me in a couple of weeks. :) Thanks so much for your share.

  23. Crystelle — August 26, 2010 @ 11:21 am

    Oh my, Joan! It is soooooo very cute1 I love it. Haven’t sen anything like it! You are soooooo sweet to offer this for free!
    Thank you so much!

  24. Marjon — August 27, 2010 @ 11:15 am

    Thank you so much for this wonderful pattern and extremely clear instructions!
    It’s such a cute little bag!

  25. Kari Skinner — October 8, 2010 @ 9:43 pm

    Thank you so much for publishing your talent and ideas. I had planned on making a simple round draw string purse for my Son and Daughter in-law’s wedding but when I saw your purse I knew that was it. I am going to make not only myself a purse but also all three of my daughters sisters ( who are brides maids) a purse also.

  26. Cheryl Toy — October 17, 2010 @ 12:24 pm

    Thank you so much for the gorgeous bag pattern! I have a piece of vintage kimono silk just crying out to be made in this beautiful pattern! I am also thinking…wouldn’t that make an awesome tote bag if one enlarged the pattern? Hmmmmm…think I’ll try it! Cheers!

  27. JoAnn — November 10, 2010 @ 9:32 am

    Oh, this is just lovely. I’ve been waiting to make a bag for myself and this is the one. When I saw it, it just called out to me.

    Thanks again for your generosity to your fans.

  28. Michelle — November 30, 2010 @ 12:17 pm

    Thank you, Joan! I have sew enjoyed all your patterns. This is perfect for gifts or even for myself! I’m so glad you shared. Can’t wait to make her! Have a very happy holiday season! Get some rest! You deserve it!

  29. Zina — November 30, 2010 @ 2:14 pm

    I really want to make this cute bag for a couple friends of mine, but keep getting an error message every time I click on the pattern link. Please help! Thank you ?

  30. Zina — November 30, 2010 @ 2:34 pm

    Thank you so much for the pattern. I can’t wait to get started!

  31. Iva — December 1, 2010 @ 2:11 pm

    Thanks for the pattern. Just got in a new line of orientals at the shop that will be great for this bag.

  32. Pam Balster — December 1, 2010 @ 5:45 pm

    Hi Joan,

    Thanks so much for the pattern. I love the shape of it very different and unquie it will be my Christmas present to me. Love Love Love it.
    Have a great Holiday.


  33. Diane S. — December 23, 2010 @ 9:58 am

    Thank you for the great handbag!! I have been looking for a purse pattern to make for my daughter and this is perfect! I really appreciate it!!

  34. sherryl Crawford — January 10, 2011 @ 10:29 pm

    Just found this website, Thought the Noriko handbag looked great. would love to make it , however tha pattern is not available when I click on the link. Can anyone give me any ideas.



  35. amanda — March 31, 2011 @ 10:02 pm

    I would love to have the pattern for this purse. Is it still available?
    Thank you

  36. anasoge — April 4, 2011 @ 9:45 am

    I would also love to have the pattern for this purse, how
    can I get it??? Thanks

  37. Sharon — April 12, 2011 @ 7:19 pm

    I love the Noriko handbag and would like to obtain the pattern. I will pay for the pattern if it’s available. Thanks!

  38. Barbara — April 18, 2011 @ 8:14 pm

    Is there any way I can get this pattern?? love it!

  39. Cory — April 20, 2011 @ 10:49 pm

    I would really like to try to make this purse. It’s gorgeous! Do you still offer the pattern anywhere?

  40. DiahRothman — April 25, 2011 @ 12:42 am

    Hi, I have kept your design sometimes ago. Recently I have done it. It is lovely and I thank you for sharing………!

  41. Niki — May 12, 2011 @ 6:36 am

    Hello! This is a lovely bag! Can you kindly send the pattern to me? Please please

    Thank you so much in advance :)

  42. marilee53 — May 24, 2011 @ 12:49 pm

    If this is still available I’d love the tutorial.

  43. AllCrafts — May 28, 2011 @ 2:41 pm

    This pattern has always been a favorite amongst our visitors. We linked to this page rather than directly to the PDF so our visitors could easily see your other projects and because of the obvious bandwidth issues with PDF files.
    When we have bandwidth issues because of the popularity of a large PDF, we put it in a free Scribd account and link to it there. You may want to try that.
    If you do, please let me know at the email I used to make this post so we can link to this page again.
    If you need help putting it on someplace like Scribd, I would be happy to assist you.

  44. Amber Winslow — June 18, 2011 @ 11:03 pm

    This looks like a great pattern. I am teaching some your ladies how to sew and they have an interest in purses. Is there anyway I can get this pattern????


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