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

Please note: If you wish to make a few bags from Charlie’s Aunt sewing patterns or books to sell, please read the rules in the "additional information" section of our policies page. All patterns are in English only.

This is a PDF sewing pattern for The Breckland Bag. Inspired by the simple but slightly quirky shapes of the 1940s, this is the most versatile and useful style in the Charlie’s Aunt collection to date. I can picture the smartly dressed wartime code-breakers going to work at Bletchley Park with this practical bag—and yet it is equally relevant today.
The Breckland Bag is perfectly sized for all occasions and makes up well in a range of fabrics. It features an unusual asymmetrical flap and front pocket and can be made with a contrasting strap and pocket. The front pocket template also doubles as an interior patch pocket.

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.

The bag’s finished dimensions are approximately: 
Height 9.5” (24cm)
Width at widest point 14” (36cm)
Base width 1.75” (4.5cm)

Materials Required:
For whole bag including strap in one fabric:

  • 1/2 yard (50cm) of 60” (154cm) wide or 1 yard (100m) of 44” (112cm) wide exterior fabric

To make with a contrast pocket and strap, you will need:

  • 1/3 yard (32cm) 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 of 44” (112cm) wide contrast fabric

For all combinations, you will need:

  • 2/3 yard (62cm) of 44” (112cm) wide lining fabric
  • 2/3 yard (62cm) of 36” (92cm) wide firm sew-in interfacing (and optional of batting)
  • 2/3 yard (65cm) of 36” (92cm) wide fusible interfacing
  • 40” x 5” (105cm x 14cm) of fusible web
  • 1 magnetic snap
  • 3 big buttons (approx. 1½”/4cm diameter)
  • Piece of plastic canvas for base approx. 1.75” (4.5cm) and 13” (33cm)

For purchased handle:

  • Leather or vinyl strap 1” (2.5cm) wide and approx. 32” (80cm) long
    Piece of fusible web approx. 5” x 4” (13 x 10cm) for tabs

You will also need:

  • 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. Once your payment has been accepted, a ‘download’ button will appear and you will be able to download the pattern straight away.

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