Charlie's Aunt Boxford Clutch Bags - Downloadable Pattern


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Named after the Suffolk village where my father grew up during WWII, the Boxford Clutch Bags PDF sewing pattern offers a pair of clutch bags typical of the styles of the 1940s.

View 1 has pleats at the lower front and a simple rounded flap, characteristic of the period. View 2 features a shaped flap and a front pocket influenced by the lines of a saddle. My grandfather was a horseman on a farm in Boxford throughout the war years. Both styles can be made with a short purchased handle.

The Boxford Clutch Bags PDF pattern has 16 pages – 10 pages including photographs, detailed step-by-step instructions and illustrations, plus 6 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 8” (20cm), Width 12½” (32cm), Base depth 1½” (4cm

Materials needed for either view:

2/3 yd (62cm) of 45” (115cm) wide or ½ yd (46cm) of 54” (140cm) wide exterior fabric for front/back, gusset and flap/pocket
½ yd (46cm) of 45” (115cm) wide lining fabric
½ yd (46cm) of 36” (92cm) wide heavy weight sew-in or craft interfacing for bag body
¼ yd (23cm) of 36” (92cm) wide firm weight fusible interfacing for bag flap
1 magnetic snap set
Optional for both views for handle—leather strap measuring approx. ¾” (2cm) wide and 24” (62cm) long
Between 1 and 4 buttons to trim the flap and/or pocket

You will also need:

Sewing machine
Fabric marker pen, pencil or chalk
Thread to match fabric
Rotating hole punch for handle option

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Format:  PDF File - Available for Instant Download
Pages: 16 (Instructions + Illustrations - 10, Pattern Sheets - 6)
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