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Sew your own vintage inspired AYLSHAM BAG with this PDF sewing pattern, sewing tutorial.

This is a PDF sewing pattern for The Aylsham Bag, which is inspired by the simple utilitarian feel of 1940s fashions. It is unfussy, sleek and stylish with its asymmetrical flap and front pocket adding an unusual touch.

The Aylsham Bag is perfectly sized for a practical day bag and makes up well in a range of fabrics from tweeds and corduroy for autumn/winter to heavy cotton canvas or patterned linen for spring/summer. It works best with the pocket and strap underside made from a toning or contrasting fabric. The front pocket template also doubles as an interior patch pocket, of which you can add one, or two.

This PDF has 17 pages—10 pages including the cover, general, cutting out and step-by-step instructions, and 7 pattern sheets with the templates, which you must print and cut out. All of the templates are actual size and all seam allowances already added. As three 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.

Approx finished dimensions are:
Height 11” (28cm)
Width at widest point 14” (36cm)
Base width 2 (5cm)

Strap length is approximately 36” (91cm)

Materials Needed:

  • ½ yard (50cm) of 60” (154cm) wide, or 2/3 yard (62cm) of 44” (112cm) wide exterior fabric
  • 1/3 yard (32cm) of 60” (154cm) wide, or ½ yard (50cm) of 44” (112cm) wide contrast fabric
  • 2/3 yard (62cm) of 44” (112cm) wide lining fabric
  • 2/3 yard (62cm) of 36” (92cm) wide firm sew-in interfacing
  • 2/3 yard (65cm) of 36” (92cm) wide fusible interfacing
  • 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 approx. 2” (5cm) by 12” (31cm)
  • Sticky tape (to join pattern templates)
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Fabric marker pen, pencil or chalk
  • Thread to match fabric

Please note that this is an INSTANT DOWNLOAD PDF pattern and NOT a paper pattern.

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