The new Breckland Bag PDF sewing pattern from Charlie's Aunt. Photo by Phil Morley.

Charlie’s Aunt offers a range of vintage “make-do-and-mend” inspired sewing patterns in both PDF and printed formats. Following the success of Emma Brennan’s books, the first two Charlie’s Aunt paper patterns for Indygo Junction launched at the international quilt market in the US in May 2010.  We now also offer our own range of PDF patterns via our Etsy shop at www.charliesaunt.etsy.comunder the Charlie’s Aunt label. This will give us a great chance to take the patterns to a wider audience and capitalise on the current resurgence of interest in sewing crafts worldwide. The Charlie’s Aunt range is also printed and distributed in Australia by Pattern Press.

The Charlie’s Aunt collection comprises 40s and 50s inspired sewing patterns for bags and other stitched accessories. The patterns have all been hand-drawn, illustrated and scanned in keeping with the personal and home-made ethos of the patterns of the 1930s, 40s and 50s, which form the basis for the inspiration behind the collection. The sewing patterns offer easily constructed simple designs with a retro feel, varied by adding different pleated panels, pockets and trims to change the look. Offering patterns in both PDF and printed format enables us to cover all preferences.

Note: Customers are allowed to make a limited number of items from Charlie’s Aunt patterns to sell, as long as they read and digest the information on the ‘Legal’ page of this website, and stick to the guidelines.

The PDF patterns contain one style of bag, but many also have instructions for trims, such as rose corsages or stitched badges, that can be used in other fashion accessory projects.

Each downloadable pattern contains:

  • Full-sized pattern templates ready to cut out and use (some of the bigger templates need to be taped together)
  • Well illustrated, detailed and easy to follow instruction sheets
  • A colour cover sheet with photographs of the finished piece and extra pictures of the style made up in different fabrics

Some of the styles offered as PDFs are also available in printed versions. This includes the Melford Messenger, The Poacher’s Bag, Gershwin & Ellington Clutch Bags, Home Guard Clutch Bags, Casablanca Clutch Bags, The Home Front Bags, Premium Bond Bags and the Kitchen Garden Bags, as shown below. Most of the printed patterns contain two different versions of each bag, and represent good value for money. Please email for details. To purchase PDF or printed patterns direct, go to

Charlie’s Aunt PDF Patterns

Charlie’s Aunt Printed Patterns

Pattern Designs for Indygo junction

Above are the covers of the four Charlie’s Aunt patterns for Indygo Junction. Two new patterns have just been added, including an over-sized 50s influenced clutch and an asymmetrical messenger-style bag.

Visit for information or to purchase. These patterns, along with a range of our PDF patterns, are also available in the US from

Designs from the Charlie’s Aunt ‘Utility’ range of PDFs

The Utility range of patterns are for smaller, more simple accessories including purses, scarves and textile jewellery. These are available in the Charlie’s Aunt Etsy shop.

Other information for purchasing our patterns in as follows. In the US, the printed patterns can be purchased from and the PDFs are stocked at

For wholesale/distributor purchases for our printed pattern range, please visit

In Australia, contact for wholesale and retail information on Charlie’s Aunt printed sewing patterns.

For more information on all Charlie’s Aunt patterns or for wholesale enquiries, email Emma at

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Photography on this site is by Phil Morley at