Sewing pattern to make the Ellington and Gershwin Clutch Bags - PRINTED pattern (TWO styles included)



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 PRINTED sewing pattern includes TWO styles – both our Gershwin Clutch Bag and our new Ellington Clutch Bag. Ellington is only available as part of this printed pattern.

Taking inspiration from the styles of the early 1930s, this PRINTED SEWING PATTERN is for two different vintage style clutch bags—one with a gathered front and flat “faux bow” applique trim, the other with a stylized asymmetrical flap and bow popular in the decade.

Gershwin is of easy flat construction with squared off corners to form a narrow base. It has an unusual shaped flap and off-centre bow, trimmed with a flourish of three small vintage buttons, all in Charlie’s Aunt signature style. Ellington has a front panel gathered on to a yoke and a different shaped symmetrical flap, ideal for applique.

These bags are slightly bigger than our popular Dorothy Clutch Bag and are ideal for weddings, evening functions and other special occasions. They can be made up in everything from rich cotton corduroy to woollens and patchwork fabrics. They would make ideal gifts.

Both bags finished dimensions: Height 8” (20cm) Width 12½” (32cm)

Note: This is a professionally PRINTED PAPER PATTERN published by Charlie’s Aunt that has full sized pattern templates, detailed instructions and illustrations demonstrating clearly how to construct the bags. It also has a colour cover with photographs of both styles and a plastic bag to keep the cut pieces in. The pattern will be POSTED to you on receipt of payment.

Materials needed:

View 1— Gershwin
½ yard (50cm) of 44” (112cm) or 54” (140cm) wide exterior fabric
1/3 yd (30cm) of 44” (92cm) wide lining fabric
¼ yd (25cm) of 36” (92cm) wide sew-in craft interfacing
¼ yd (25cm) of 36” (92cm) wide fusible interfacing
Piece of fusible web 5” x 4” (13 x 10cm)
1 magnetic snap set
3 buttons approx. ¾” (19mm) diameter

View 2—Ellington
2/3 yard (60cm) of 44” (112cm) or ½ yard (50cm) of 54” (140cm) wide exterior fabric
1/3 yd (30cm) of 44” (92cm) wide lining fabric
¼ yd (25cm) of 36” (92cm) wide sew-in interfacing
¼ yd (25cm) of 36” (92cm) wide fusible interfacing
Piece of contrast fabric for applique bow 8” x 10” (20 x 26cm)
Piece of fusible web for applique 8” x 10” (20 x 26cm)
Piece of felt 8” x 10” (20 x 26cm) to back applique bow
1 magnetic snap set

Suggested fabrics: Cotton fabrics, corduroy, wool tweeds, plaids or decorator weight fabrics

You will also need:
Sewing machine
Fabric marker pen, pencil or chalk
Thread to match fabric
Shipping for paper patterns and kits:

Please note that this is PRINTED PAPER PATTERN not a pdf. The pattern will be posted to you at the address provided by Etsy unless otherwise stated.

After I receive payment, your purchase will be shipped within 48hrs. Most items are shipped via first-class mail in the UK. Insurance and/or alternative shipping methods are available on request but at extra cost. For international orders, these will be shipped airmail via Royal Mail.


All international orders must be paid for using Paypal. Personal cheques or money orders are also accepted in the UK. Please pay at time of purchase. Contact us if you experience a problem with payment. If there is no payment or contact made within 3 days of purchase, your order will be cancelled and the item re-listed.

Refunds and exchanges:

There are no refunds on sewing 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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Shipping from United Kingdom

All printed paper patterns, fabrics, buttons and kits will be sent out by first class mail, usually within 48 hours of receiving your order. Overseas orders are sent by first class international air mail. If you want special posting options or insurance, please convo us for details and prices.

PDF patterns are either available by instant download or are emailed to the email address in your etsy profile. If you would like it sent to another address please specify the email address in the "message to seller" box at checkout. PDF patterns are emailed within 48-hours of your completed payment.

Returns & Exchanges

I gladly accept returns and exchanges

Just contact me within: 14 days of delivery

Ship items back to me within: 30 days of delivery

I don't accept cancellations

But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

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)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)

Returns and exchange details

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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