The Serena Saddle Bag - PDF Sewing Pattern - instant download digital sewing pattern
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The Serena Saddle Bag - PDF Sewing Pattern - instant download digital sewing pattern

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

    The Serena Saddle bag is a classic, D-shape saddle bag with a modern twist! Aimed at the confident beginner, this bag pattern will teach you a range of useful bag-making techniques, with plenty of scope to add your own style. This is a detailed sewing pattern which contains 23 pages of step-by-step instructions, along with 65 colour photos, making it perfect for the visual learner.


    Padded all around with defined curves, this bag features piping on the flap, a zipped inner pocket, an inner slip pocket, magnetic snap closure, an adjustable and detachable shoulder strap, plus optional clip-on carry handle.

    Finished measurements are 10.5” wide, 7” tall, 3” deep (27cm x 18cm x 8cm)


    Intermediate sewer or confident beginner


    The Serena saddle bag works well in a medium weight quilting cotton, linen, canvas, vinyl, cork, laminated or coated cottons. You can choose one main fabric, or a combination of fabrics e.g. linen with a vinyl gusset or all vinyl with a fabric flap (omit the interfacing if working with thicker outer fabrics). See more examples of this bag style in different fabric combinations from my pattern testers over on my blog


    You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download this PDF file and a printer to print off 3 pages of pattern pieces at the end of the document. If you are unable to work from a computer screen, I would suggest printing off the instructions in a booklet form and on a faster print option to save on ink and paper.

    Exterior: 0.5 yard/45cm cotton

    Lining: 0.5 yard/45cm cotton


    - 1 yard/91cm medium woven cotton fusible interfacing
    - 0.5” yard (45cm) sew-in foam interlining
    - 10” x 10” square (25cm x 25cm) of fusible fleece
    - 1” x 12” (2.5cm x 30cm) stiff interfacing for short handle (optional)


    - 4 x 1” (25mm) D-rings* (*or 2 D-rings if omitting the flap handle)
    - 2 x 1” (25mm) swivel snap hooks
    - 1 x 1” (25mm) slider
    - 1 x 18mm magnetic snap
    - 1 x 7” (18cm) all-purpose nylon zipper or continuous zipper
    - 28” of 0.5” (71cm x 2cm) width premade piping
    - Fray-check glue
    - 8 x size 8mm or 9mm double cap rivets (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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    My bags are handcrafted with the greatest care using high quality materials, interfacings and metal hardware. Never overload your bag with heavy items as this will cause wear and tear, spoil the shape of the bag and put a strain on the strap. Do not immerse my bags in water, or a washing machine! The layers of special interlining, interfacing and lining could displace or shrink in the wash and any metal hardware will become damaged. For fabric bags only: spot clean with a mild soap solution. Touch up any creases with an iron on a low setting. For bags with faux leather or laminated (wipe clean) fabric:Spot clean with a mild soap solution. Wipe clean gently with a soft damp cloth. Do not iron!

    Do you offer other wipe clean fabrics?

    I work with high quality laminated cotton (also known as slicker) from well known, mainly US fabric manufacturers. I keep a small selection of prints in stock which you can view at the following link I can also source a few other wipe clean prints locally in (within the UK).

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  • Reviews

    Y didn’t finish it yet but so far so good. This bag has a lot of parts but instructions are super clear. I recommend it

    Love this pattern and the resulting bag. Simple and clean with lots of room for personalization. Instructions are clear and straightforward with only one or two steps I was confused about (im relatively new to bag making). Overall highly recommend.

    Absolutely wonderful pattern. Easy to follow, and the pictures really helped. I've already made 3! While I am not a beginner, I am certainly not an expert, and I think my bags turned out lovely!