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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

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Sewing pattern to make the Rural Correspondent Bag - PDF pattern INSTANT DOWNLOAD



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