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Cheng Sau Handbag (with video)

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You gotta love all these zipper pockets and fun options on this large shoulder purse. She’s a corker in cork but works well in any of your favorite fabric.


Cheng Sau was the most famous and feared Chinese female pirate in history. She was the terror of the South China Sea and was leading 500 men in the early 1800’s. No doubt she was the most powerful female pirate in history.

The Bag: The front pocket compartment has a vertical zipper on each side. The back has two zipper pockets and the waterproof inside lining features a zipper pocket and two slip pockets. The 4 optional tassels can be a nice decorative touch on the zipper pulls. So are the rivets on the handle, strap connectors and top edge. Two big rings connect the strap to the bag.

If you like, you can watch the video tutorial I made for it as well. That is free for everyone to watch. The video does not give cutting instructions or instructions on how to interface the fabrics. That will be covered in the full pattern download.

The Pattern: You can download and print this pattern with two descriptions. One version with no photos for cheaper printing, and the other with photos that you can look at on your Ipad or computer as you sew the bag. The pattern comes in a separate PDF. The pattern pieces are color coded according to the fabrics you use.

Please note this is a digital download PDF file, not a paper pattern. Please download immediately after check out.

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