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This listing is for FOUR PDF sewing patterns from Charlie’s Aunt. You will have access to four PDF files: The Sidestrand Bag, The Home Guard Clutch Bag, The Bon Bon Clutch Purse and the Cottage Garden Purse. I have totalled the price of the individual patterns and reduced that by more than 30% which means that by purchasing the bundle, you will in effect be getting four patterns for less than the price of three. I have chosen this selection because with the festive period coming soon, they would all make great gifts or would be ideal for the party season.

Please note: All patterns are in English only. If you wish to make a few bags or hats from Charlie’s Aunt sewing patterns or books to sell, please read the rules in the "additional information" section of our policies page.

Sidestrand Bag
A graceful design with a 1930s feel featuring elegant asymmetrical styling and a sophisticated bow. Sidestrand is the perfect size and shape for smart daywear or special occasions. It looks stunning in a huge range of fabrics from tweeds and corduroy for classic daywear to pretty printed fabrics or even silk to elevate it into something very special. This vintage inspired pattern includes a template for an interior patch pocket, of which you can make one or two.
This PDF has 16 pages—10 pages including the cover, general, cutting out and step-by-step instructions, and 6 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 Sidestrand Bag’s approximate finished dimensions are: Height 8” (21cm), Width at widest point 14” (36cm), Base width 2” (5cm)

Home Guard Clutch
Inspired by the military styles of the wartime years, this pattern is for a simple envelope clutch bag. The pattern has two style choices. View 1 has a front inset and contrasting side panels which can be pieced together with three different fabrics. There is also an option to add a purchased handle. View 2 has a different shaped flap and front pocket reminiscent of the army uniforms of the era that influenced women’s fashions of the day. One of the Charlie’s Aunt Utility Range of easy patterns, this PDF also includes instructions for an interior pocket. This cute bag is a good size for housing the essentials and can be made up for day or evening use in everything from subtle wool tweeds to bright patchwork fabrics (view 1 takes three fat quarters). Finished bag dimensions: Approx. 8” (20cm) high by 14” (35cm) wide

Bon Bon Purse
This listing is a PDF sewing pattern to make the very charming and simple Charlie’s Aunt “Bon-Bon Clutch Purse”. Taking inspiration from the styles of the 1930s, the pattern provides full sized templates and instructions to make this cute vintage-style clutch purse with a zipper top, and featuring a self-fabric wrist strap and over-sized bow – as sweet as wrapped confectionery. The purse pattern is ideally made up in pretty silks for special occasion wear – when you just need a little bag to house your lipstick and keys. In bright wool tweeds, the purse is ideal for autumn or winter evenings out. This easy to make purse measures 10.5” wide by 6.5” high (27cm by 17cm) when finished.

Cottage Garden Purse
Inspired by the pretty, floral styles of the 1940s and 50s, this nostalgic sewing pattern includes templates for three different two-part purse styles, one with a straight horizontal seam, one with an angled seam, and a third with a vertical seam, or you can use the lining template and make a plain purse all in one fabric. Instructions to make trims are NOT included. The finished measurements of the purse are width 6.5” (16cm) and height 5” (12cm).

Please note that this listing is for FOUR INSTANT DOWNLOAD PDF PATTERNS and NOT a paper pattern. Once your payment has been accepted, a ‘download’ button will appear and you will be able to download the patterns straight away.
If you have any problems accessing the patterns, please send us a message. Please remember to include your email address.

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All orders must be paid for using credit card or Paypal 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.

Refunds and exchanges:
There are no refunds on PDF or paper patterns because of the nature of the product.


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The following items can't be returned or exchanged

Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:

  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
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  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)

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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.

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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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