Small purse sewing pattern, PDF templates and instructions for three styles of plain 2-part purse, inspiration for trims, DIY sewing craft


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PDF sewing pattern tutorial to sew your own Cottage Garden Purse (instructions for making trims NOT included). This nostalgic sewing pattern includes templates for three different two-part purse styles, one with a straight horizontal seam, one with an angled horizontal seam and a third with a vertical seam. Or you can use the lining template and make a plain purse all in one fabric. NOTE: Instructions on how to make ribbon flowers/lace trims is NOT included in the pattern.

The finished measurements of the purse are width 6.5” (16cm) and height 5” (12cm), making it ideal for multiple uses, such as carrying or storing the essentials, keeping your make-up handy, protecting your phone, or storing jewellery. The possibilities are endless!

There are NO INSTRUCTIONS on how to create the ribbon flowers or paint the lace – the pattern purely has templates for three different styles of simple purse, with instructions on how to assemble them, plus lots of ideas/suggestions for trims. You can use these pattern templates as a base and use your imagination with trims to create your one-off purse, which would be ideal as a special gift.

As the purse front/back are pieced together, it offers an ideal opportunity for using up small pieces of contrasting fabric, in true make-do-and-mend style.

Approximate quantities of materials needed (you may be able to get the purse out of smaller pieces):

8” (21cm) of exterior fabric, 8” (21cm) wide for upper front/back
10” (26cm) of contrast exterior fabric, 8” (21cm) wide for lower front/back
8” (21cm) by 16” (41cm) of firm iron-on interfacing
8” (21cm) by 16” (41cm) of lining fabric, plus of suitable lightweight interfacing if needed
6” (15cm) zipper
An assortment of trims, such as ribbon, buttons, lace or fabric flowers (all approx. 8 inches long)

You will also need:

Sewing machine
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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