The Reepham Messenger Bag PDF sewing pattern from Charlie’s Aunt

The Charlie’s Aunt pattern collection comprises 30s, 40s and 50s inspired sewing patterns for bags and other stitched accessories such as hats and purses. The “make-do-and-mend” style 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. For printed patterns direct, you can see the range at

The printed patterns are available at wholesale pricing from U.S. distributors Brewer Quilting & Sewing SuppliesChecker DistributorsEE Schenck Company, and

The full range of printed patterns is available in quantity from

Charlie’s Aunt PDF Patterns

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Pattern Designs for Indygo junction

Above are the covers of the four Charlie’s Aunt patterns for Indygo Junction. These are available as PDFs from Indygo Junction and The print versions of these patterns are available at

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.

For more information on all Charlie’s Aunt patterns, email Emma at

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