The Poacher’s Bag – PDF Pattern

The Poacher's Bag Sewing Pattern by Emma Brennan

The Poacher’s Bag is inspired by British country life in the 1940’s with a gathered front pocket set into a pieced front.  It features an unusual shaped flap and a template for an interior pocket that doubles as an alternative flap option.  This style can be made with a self-fabric strap, or a purchased leather strap attached with tabs.  It makes up well in everything from cotton moleskin and tweed to contrasting patchwork fabrics for a different look. Finish the retro homespun feel with mismatching vintage buttons.  Poacher’s Bag finished dimensions:  height 12½” (32 cm) width 15½” (40 cm).

Sewing Supplies:

  • ¾ yard (50cm) of 54” (140cm) wide or 1 yard of 44” (112cm) wide exterior fabric
  • 2/3 yard (60cm) of 44” (92cm) wide lining fabric
  • ½ yard of 36” (92cm) wide sew-in craft interfacing
  • ½ yard of 36” (92cm) wide fusible interfacing
  • 1 magnetic snap set
  • 2 or 3 buttons approx. 1¼” (35mm) diameter to trim flap
  • If using a purchased strap, you will need:
  • Leather or vinyl strap approx. 24” (60cm) long with metal ring ends
  • Piece of fusible web approx. 4” x 6” (10 x 15cm)

You will also need to gather up:

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  5 comments for “The Poacher’s Bag – PDF Pattern

  1. Profile photo of pathathaway
    January 13, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    What a beautiful bag! someone will be a very lucky winner1

  2. Profile photo of Tina Gordon
    January 16, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    This such a neat style. Real cute!

  3. Profile photo of pathathaway
    January 18, 2012 at 1:34 am

    what a nice bag–someone will be very lucky to win the pattern.

  4. Profile photo of Carla  G
    January 18, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    What a fabulous bag! There are lots of great patterns at her etsy shop. :)

  5. Profile photo of Carla  G
    January 18, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    What a fabulous bag! I love it! There are lots of great bag patterns at her shop. :)