Charlie's Aunt Melford Messenger Bag - Downloadable Pattern


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Taking its inspiration from the 1940s ARP wardens’ bags, this style combines a sensible size with an unusual shaped front pocket and flap making it a practical accessory with vintage appeal. The Melford Messenger can be made with a self-fabric strap, or a purchased strap attached with self-fabric tabs. The style makes up beautifully in two contrasting fabrics ranging from wool tweed, tartan and moleskin to contrasting patchwork fabrics with a retro feel. A template is included for a shaped interior patch pocket.

The Melford Messenger Bag PDF pattern has 16 pages – 8 pages including photographs, detailed step-by-step instructions and illustrations, plus 8 pages of full sized pattern templates which you must print on letter (A4) paper and cut out. All templates are actual size but many 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 14” (35cm) Width 12” (31cm) Base width 2” (5cm)

Materials needed:
2/3 yard (60cm) of 60” (154cm) wide or 1 yard (95cm) of 44” (112cm) wide exterior fabric
2/3 yard (65cm) of 44” (112cm) wide lining fabric
½ yard (50cm) of 44” (112cm) wide firm sew-in interfacing
2/3 yard (65cm) of 36” (92cm) wide fusible interfacing
40” x 5” (105cm x 14cm) of fusible web
1 magnetic snap
3 big buttons (approx. 1½”/4cm diameter)
Long leather or vinyl strap ¾” (2cm) wide and approx. 36” (92cm) long

You will also need:
Sewing machine
Fabric marker pen, pencil or chalk
Thread to match fabric

Designer Terms of Use:  Home sewers are permitted to make items to sell from these patterns in small quantities as long as they adhere to the copyright guidelines outlined on our policies page.

Format:  PDF File - Available for Instant Download
Pages: 16 (Instructions + Illustrations - 8, Pattern Sheets - 8)
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