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The Rural Correspondent Bag Pattern by Charlie's Aunt is a vintage inspired messenger bag design based on styles of the 1940's. There is a contrasting front pocket and a decorative front flap trimmed with vintage buttons.

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The Rural Correspondent Bag Pattern is a retro 1940's inspired messenger style bag that has a contrasting front pocket, a two part strap, and a flap. Finished size is approximately 15”H (38cm) x 15”W (38cm) x 2”D (5cm).

Materials Needed:
To make the bag (with or without side insets) with a contrast pocket and strap, you will need:

    • ½ yard (45cm) of main exterior fabric, 60” (154cm) wide, or ¾ yard (65cm) of 44” (112cm) wide, for bag front/back, side insets and flap
    • 1/3 yard (30cm) of contrast exterior fabric, 60” (154cm) wide, or ½ yard (45cm) of 44” (112cm) wide for pocket and strap
    • ¾ yard (65cm) of lining fabric 44” (112cm) wide, to line front pocket, bag and make interior pocket
    • 1¼ yards (115cm) of fusible (iron-on) interfacing, 36” (92cm) wide, in a firm weight to interface front/back, side insets, flap, front pocket and strap
    • Optional: To give the bag extra firmness, add a layer of batting/wadding to front/back and side inset pieces— for this, you will need ½ yard (45cm) of 36” (92cm) wide
    • 1 magnetic snap
    • 4 buttons (approx. 1¼” or 32mm diameter) to trim flap and strap
    • 1 small button for the interior pocket


Rural Correspondent Messenger Bag Pattern in PDF

Rural Correspondent bag pattern by Charlies Aunt

The Rural Correspondent Bag PDF pattern has 16 pages – 9 pages including photographs, detailed step-by-step instructions and illustrations, plus 7 pages of full sized pattern templates which you must print on 8 1/2" x 11" letter size paper and cut out. All templates are actual size but two of the pieces are too big to fit on one sheet so you will have to tape them together after you have cut them out.

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