Here’s a sewing pattern from a great designer for The Aylsham Bag, which is inspired by the simple utilitarian feel of 1940s fashions. It is unfussy, sleek and stylish with its asymmetrical flap and front pocket.
The Aylsham Bag is perfectly sized for a practical day bag and makes up well in a range of fabrics from tweeds and corduroy for autumn/winter to heavy cotton canvas or patterned linen for spring/summer. It works best with the pocket and strap underside made from a toning or contrasting fabric. The front pocket template also doubles as an interior patch pocket, of which you can add one, or two.
The Aylsham Bag’s approximate finished dimensions are 11” (28cm) high by 14” (36cm) wide at the widest part by 2″ (5cm) deep. The strap length is approximately 36” (91cm).
What you will need to make the Aylsham Bag
½ yard (50cm) of 60” (154cm) wide, or 2/3 yard (62cm) of 44” (112cm) wide exterior fabric
1/3 yard (32cm) of 60” (154cm) wide, or ½ yard (50cm) of 44” (112cm) wide contrast fabric
2/3 yard (62cm) of 44” (112cm) wide lining fabric
2/3 yard (62cm) of 36” (92cm) wide firm sew-in interfacing