The Carina Satchel Bag - PDF Sewing Pattern

The Carina Satchel Bag - PDF Sewing Pattern


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This is a PDF Sewing Pattern tutorial that will be available for immediate download once purchased. You are not purchasing the actual bag, although I do take commissions!

* * FREE bonus PDF file with measurements to make a taller version of this bag! See squirrel bag in photos. * *

The Carina School Satchel is a great pattern for confident beginners in bag making, teaching you basic bag-making techniques, as well as sewing with laminated cotton and other wipe clean fabrics. This is a detailed digital sewing pattern which contains step-by-step instructions along with 70 colour photos, perfect for the visual learner. There are no pattern pieces to print off as all the shapes are rectangular and measurements are provided.


The bag features two inner pockets, a wide back slip pocket, a keyring loop, an adjustable and detachable shoulder strap, an optional short carry handle, two flap options with magnetic snap closure and piping for a professional finish. A versatile pattern, there is plenty of scope to add your own style to the bag, such as extra pockets inside and out, a different flap closure and type of strap.

It is a generous sized bag and will fit A4 size books or folders making it perfect for school and college. Finished measurements: 14” wide, 10” tall, 2” deep (35cm x 25cm x 5cm).


Intermediate sewer or confident beginner
Once the pattern pieces have been cut out and prepared, the construction of this bag is straightforward, sewing mainly in straight lines.


This pattern shows you how to sew with laminated cotton, which is a flexible, coated cotton, also known as slicker. It is easy to sew, wipe clean, washable and resilient, making it ideal for this child’s satchel. It will keep the contents dry in wet weather and is durable for everyday use. You can also use other fabrics such as a medium weight quilting cotton, canvas, waterproof Oxford, vinyl or oilcloth. Find a small selection of high quality laminated cotton prints in my shop here:

Some of my pattern testers used iron-on vinyl on quilting weight fabrics with great results, which you can view on my blog


Exterior fabric 1: 0.6 yard/0.5m laminated cotton (or 0.5 yard/0.5m for 56” width laminated cotton)

Exterior fabric 2: 0.5 yard/0.5m contrasting cotton (for the straps and handle)

Lining: 1 yard/1m cotton

0.6 yard/0.5m sew in fleece (e.g. Thermolam Compressed Fleece Vilene 272) or heavy weight canvas
1 yard/1m medium woven cotton fusible interfacing (e.g. Vilene G700; Pellon Shapeflex SF101)
1/4 yd/0.25m Peltex Pellon 71F Single Sided Fusible Stabilizer (optional, for short handle and bag base)

1 x 1” (25mm) D-ring OR split ring for keys
2 x 1” (25mm) D-rings
2 x 1” (25mm) swivel snap hooks (optional, if you want to make the shoulder strap detachable)
1 x 1” (25mm) slider
1 x 18mm magnetic snap
36” of 0.5” width premade piping, or make your own bias tape and use 3mm-4mm piping cord.
Fray-check glue (optional)


You may sell items made from this pattern on your shop or website on a small scale. All items for sale must be handmade by you. Please credit SEW SOFIA in any written description. Please do not distribute, sell or duplicate this pattern in any way.

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    I'm excited to start this project!

    Clear directions, good photos, easy to follow. Thanks!

    Nice pattern, clear instructions, thank you!