Messenger bag sewing pattern, Rural Correspondent Bag, PDF pattern, purse pattern, INSTANT DOWNLOAD


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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.

Inspired by my combined passions of sewing, journalism and history, the Rural Correspondent Bag honours the memory of the wartime correspondents, who kept Britain up to date with news during a period of uncertainty, rationing and austerity.

This 1940s-style messenger satchel can be made with, or without side insets, and features a contrasting front pocket, button-trimmed two-part strap and flap. The front pocket template doubles as an interior pocket.

The Rural Correspondent Bag PDF pattern has 16 pages – 9 pages including photographs, detailed step-by-step instructions and illustrations, plus 7 pages of full sized pattern templates which you must print on A4 or letter paper and cut out. All templates are actual size but two of the pieces are too big to fit on one sheet so you will have to tape them together after you have cut them out. Instructions for this are clear.

Bag Finished dimensions: Height 15” (38cm), Width 15” (38cm), Base width 2” (5cm)
Materials needed:

To make the bag (with or without side insets) with a contrast pocket and strap, you will need:

½ yard (45cm) of main exterior fabric, 60” (154cm) wide, or ¾ yard (65cm) of 44” (112cm) wide, for bag front/back, side insets and flap
1/3 yard (30cm) of contrast exterior fabric, 60” (154cm) wide, or ½ yard (45cm) of 44” (112cm) wide for pocket and strap
¾ yard (65cm) of lining fabric 44” (112cm) wide, to line front pocket, bag and make interior pocket
1¼ yards (115cm) of fusible (iron-on) interfacing, 36” (92cm) wide, in a firm weight to interface front/back, side insets, flap, front pocket and strap
Optional: To give the bag extra firmness, add a layer of batting/wadding to front/back and side inset pieces— for this, you will need ½ yard (45cm) of 36” (92cm) wide
1 magnetic snap
4 buttons (approx. 1¼” or 32mm diameter) to trim flap and strap
1 small button for the interior pocket

You will also need:

Sewing machine
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.

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Refunds and exchanges:

There are no refunds on PDF or paper patterns because of the nature of the product.
Please check our policies for copyright information.


All orders must be paid for using Paypal or credit card. Please pay at time of purchase. Contact us if you experience a problem with payment. If there is no payment or contact within 3 days of purchase, your order will be cancelled and the item re-listed.

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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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The PDF patterns contain instructions, illustrations, photographs and pattern templates for one style of bag, purse or fashion accessory. The templates are full size and can be printed on A4 paper, but some templates need to be joined together with tape because they are too big to fit on one page. All patterns contain detailed instructions on how to cut and join pattern templates.

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