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This is a PDF sewing pattern for the Suffield Bag, inspired by the serviceable shoulder bags of the wartime years but softened with a pretty gathered front panel. The Suffield Bag can be made with a detachable flower giving it a feminine touch.
The pattern also includes templates and instructions for adding an interior patch pocket with flap. This vintage style bag can made in anything from traditional wool tweed fabrics with a velvet panel and flower to more lightweight cotton or linen blend fabrics for spring/summer wear.

This PDF has 20 pages—12 pages including the cover, general, cutting out and step-by-step instructions with diagrams, and 8 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.

The Suffield Bag’s approximate finished dimensions are:
Width 13” (33cm)
Height 11” (28cm)
Darted base width 2.5”/6cm approximately
Strap length approx. 38” (97cm)

Materials Required:

  • ½ yard (50cm) of 60” (154cm) width or ¾ yard (70cm) of 44” (112cm) width main exterior fabric 
  • Piece of contrasting fabric 13” x 10” (33 x 26cm)
  • ½ yard (50cm) of 44” (112cm) width lining fabric
  • ¾ yard (70cm) of 36” (92cm) width firm sew-in interfacing
  • ½ yard (50cm) of 36” (92cm) width fusible interfacing
  • 1 magnetic snap
  • Sticky tape (to join pattern templates)
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Fabric marker pen, pencil or chalk
  • Thread to match fabric

For detachable flower trim you will need:

  • Approx. 10” (26cm) square piece of contrast fabric plus the same of fusible web
  • 3” (8cm) square of firm weight fusible interfacing
  • One 23mm self-cover button and a scrap of the exterior fabric to cover it with
  • A brooch backing bar with holes

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

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