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.
This is a PDF sewing pattern for the 1940s-inspired Polstead Heath Messenger Bag, which is the perfect style and size to take you effortlessly from town to country wear. It features a pleated front pocket and shaped flap reminiscent of the courier bags of the wartime years. A template for an interior pocket is included.
This style can be made with or without the front tab detail, and with a self-fabric strap, or a purchased leather strap attached with tabs. The Polstead Heath Messenger Bag has a flat construction (no darts or box corners) and can be made using several contrasting fabrics. Complete the retro look with vintage buttons.
The bag’s finished dimensions are: Height 12½ (32cm) Width 15 ” (38cm)
This PDF has 19 pages—10 pages including the cover, general, cutting out and step-by-step instructions, and 9 pattern sheets with the templates, which you must print and cut out. All of the templates are actual size. As many 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 ¾ yard (70cm) of 54” (140cm) wide or 1 yard of 44” (112cm) wide exterior fabric
2/3 yard (60cm) of 44” (92cm) wide lining fabric
½ yard of 36” (92cm) wide sew-in craft interfacing
2/3 yard (60cm) of 36” (92cm) wide fusible interfacing
5” (13cm) x 40” (102cm) of fusible web
1 magnetic snap set
2 buttons approx. 1¼” (35mm) diameter to trim front tab
You will also need:
Sticky tape (to join pattern templates)
Fabric marker pen, pencil or chalk
Thread to match fabric
Please note, this 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.
If you have any problems accessing the pattern, please convo me and I will email it to you instead. Please remember to include your email address. We endeavour to get PDF patterns emailed to your specified email address within 24 hours of payment.
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Refunds and exchanges:
There are no refunds on PDF or paper patterns because of the nature of the product.
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Just contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back to me within: 30 days of delivery
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
Refunds and exchanges:
There are no refunds on PDF patterns, paper patterns and kits because of the nature of the products. Please choose carefully.
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.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions
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