Please note: All patterns are in English only. All seam allowances are included. 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.
This is a PDF sewing pattern for the Brockford Bag, a sizeable multi-pieced 1940s-inspired style, reminiscent of the overnight bags of a bygone era, featuring Charlie’s Aunt’s signature asymmetrical styling. Brockford features contrasting upper and lower panels and can be made with either a self-fabric or purchased strap. There is a choice of interior patch or zipper pockets. This style makes up well in either two or three contrasting fabrics including wool tweeds, flannel, corduroy, coating weight and decorator weight fabrics. Brockford is named after a former train station in my native Suffolk, which closed in the 1950s. It is now part of a heritage railway.
This PDF has 33 pages— 14 pages including the cover, general, cutting out and step-by-step instructions, plus 19 pattern sheets with the templates, which you must print and cut out. All templates are actual size and all seam allowances are included which are ½” (12mm) unless otherwise stated.
Eight of the templates are too big to fit on one page and therefore must be cut out and joined together with tape at the dashed lines, matching the numbers where indicated. Instructions for this are clear.
The Brockford Bag’s approximate finished dimensions are: Height 13” (33cm), Width at widest point 19” (48cm), Base width 5” (12.5cm), length of strap approx. 28” (72cm)
You will need:
12” (30cm) of 60” (154cm) or ½ yard (50cm) of 44” (112cm) width fabric
½ yard (50cm) of 60” (154cm) or 2/3 yard (60cm) of 44” (112cm) width contrasting fabric
1 yard (92cm) of 44” (112cm) width or 2/3 yard of 60” (154cm) lining fabric
1¼ yards (115cm) of 36” (92cm) interfacing
1 yard of 26” (66cm) width interlining such as foam or fleece
To interface bag lining you will need an extra yard (92cm) of 36” (92cm) fusible interfacing
1 magnetic snap
1 large button to trim flap (approx. 2”/50mm diameter)
Piece of plastic canvas for base 5” (12.5cm) by 14” (36cm)
7” (18cm) zip for interior pocket if making
If making your own strap, you will need:
28” x 4” (72 x 10cm) of fusible interfacing or fusible web for strap
If using a purchased strap, you will need:
Leather or vinyl strap 1” x 28” (2.5 x 72cm) approx.
You will also need:
Sticky tape (to join pattern templates)
Fabric marker pen, pencil or chalk
Thread to match fabric
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Important Copyright Information:
Although all of my patterns and books are covered by the copyright and patents act, I realise that several of my customers would like to be able to make a few items from my patterns to sell, so I have decided to allow it again, as long as they stick to the following rules:
* Make no more than 10 bags in a year to sell from any one Charlie’s Aunt pattern, and up to a MAXIMUM of 40 bags in total from a combination of any of my patterns in a year. Please don’t make any more than this – I have more than 20 different sewing patterns and it simply wouldn't be fair to buy 15 and make 10 of each, because you would be adopting my entire concept that way. If you intend to make any more than 40 in a year, this would be deemed a big business and would be totally against the rules. Please respect this!
* Write on each swing ticket and in all Etsy/online descriptions the following words: “This bag was made using a Charlie’s Aunt sewing pattern designed by Emma Brennan”. A link to my Etsy shop would also be greatly appreciated. Please don’t put your own designer labels in my designs – that isn’t fair!
* Please have the courtesy to drop me a line to ask if you can make the bags to sell. This way I can keep track of who’s doing what and I can hopefully persuade you to share photos of the bags you make on the Charlie’s Aunt Facebook site.
* All items for sale must be handmade by you. Contracting with others to mass produce Charlie’s Aunt designs is STRICTLY PROHIBITED.
* Distribution of the pattern pieces and corresponding instructions is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. Please do not copy my patterns in any way. The words, diagrams and pictures are covered by copyright and I will pursue anyone who infringes this.
* Finally, please be respectful my designs and policies. Being allowed to make a limited number of bags from my patterns to sell is a privilege and not a right.
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