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A PDF Sewing Pattern by Charlie's Aunt, the Attleborough Bag is 1940s inspired messenger style shoulder bag in TWO sizes.

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The Attleborough Bag Pattern is a PDF sewing pattern by Charlie's Aunt that has complete instructions and pattern pieces for a 1940s inspired messenger style shoulder bag in TWO sizes. Fashioned in Charlie's Aunt signature asymmetrical style, it features a contrast lower panel, strap and pieced flap. This pattern contains templates for TWO two different sizes making it a practical everyday bag in the larger size and a neat little shoulder bag for occasions. It makes up well in everything from tweeds paired with corduroy to cotton canvas mixed with a printed linen fabric. The flap template also doubles as an interior patch pocket, of which you can add one, or two.

The Attleborough Bag's approximate finished dimensions are:
LARGE SIZE: Height 11" (28cm), Width at widest point 14" (36cm), Base width 2" (5cm)
SMALL SIZE: Height 9" (23cm), Width at widest point 12 1/2" (32cm), Base width 1 3/4" (4.5cm)
Strap length (for both sizes) is approximately 40" (102cm)

Materials needed:

For the LARGE SIZE you will need:
  • 1/2 yard (50cm) of 60" (154cm) wide, or 2/3 yard (62cm) of 44" (112cm) wide main exterior fabric for upper front/back, flap underside, flap left and right side panel, and one strap piece
  • 1/3 yard (32cm) of 60" (154cm) wide, or 1/2 yard (50cm) of 44" (112cm) wide contrast fabric for lower front/back, flap centre panel and one strap piece
  • 2/3 yard (62cm) of 44" (112cm) wide lining fabric for bag and one interior pocket
  • 2/3 yard (62cm) of 36" (92cm) wide firm sew-in interfacing (and optional of batting) for bag body and upper flap
  • 2/3 yard (65cm) of 36" (92cm) wide fusible interfacing for under flap and interior pocket
  • 40" x 5" (105cm x 14cm) of fusible web (or interfacing) for strap
  • 1 magnetic snap
  • 3 buttons (approx. 1"/25mm diameter)
  • Piece of plastic canvas for base approx. 2" (5cm) by 12" (31cm)

You will also need sticky tape (to join pattern templates), sewing machine, pins, scissors, fabric marker pen, pencil or chalk, and thread to match the fabric.

The Attleborough Bag Pattern by Charlie's Aunt

The Attleborough Bag Pattern in PDF

The Attleborough Bag PDF Sewing Pattern by Charlie's Aunt has a total of 27 pages - 11 pages including the cover, general, cutting out and step-by-step instructions, and 16 pattern sheets with the templates for both sizes, which you must print and cut out. All of the templates are actual size and all seam allowances already added. As several of the templates are too big to fit on one sheet, you must cut out and tape these templates together where shown. Instructions for this are clear.

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