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The Carina School Satchel is a great pattern for confident beginners in bag making, teaching you basic bag-making techniques, as well as sewing with laminated cotton and other wipe clean fabrics.

The bag features two inner pockets, a wide back slip pocket, a keyring loop, an adjustable and detachable shoulder strap, an optional short carry handle, two flap options with magnetic snap closure and piping for a professional finish. A versatile pattern, there is plenty of scope to add your own style to the bag, such as extra pockets inside and out, a different flap closure and type of strap.

* * FREE bonus PDF file with measurements to make a taller version of this bag! See squirrel bag in photos. * *

Sizing info:
It is a generous sized bag and will fit A4 size books or folders making it perfect for school and college. Finished measurements: 14” wide, 10” tall, 2” deep (35cm x 25cm x 5cm).

Skill level:
Intermediate sewer or confident beginner
Once the pattern pieces have been cut out and prepared, the construction of this bag is straightforward, sewing mainly in straight lines.

Recommended fabrics:
This pattern shows you how to sew with laminated cotton, which is a flexible, coated cotton, also known as slicker. It is easy to sew, wipe clean, washable and resilient, making it ideal for this child’s satchel. It will keep the contents dry in wet weather and is durable for everyday use. You can also use other fabrics such as a medium weight quilting cotton, canvas, waterproof Oxford, vinyl or oilcloth.

Some of my pattern testers used iron-on vinyl on quilting weight fabrics with great results.

The pattern:
This is a detailed digital sewing pattern which contains step-by-step instructions along with 70 colour photos, perfect for the visual learner. There are no pattern pieces to print off as all the shapes are rectangular and measurements are provided.

Please note this is a digital download PDF file, not a paper sewing pattern. Please download immediately after check out.