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Free sewing pattern for the “Leni” bag (November only)

Black is back! The color black celebrates its fashion comeback. Luckily, this elegant and classic color suits every occasion. Today we want to sew a stylish black bag with you – the pattern “Leni” from our magazine “inspiration”:

This simple form is a classic masterpiece. The black cork with discreet gold finishing gives the bag a very special touch. The back of the cork allows processing without lining – perfect for all those who have not dared to sew a bag yet.

You can download the pattern for free until November 30, 2021. As always, you’ll have to be quick because each pattern is only available for free download in the month stated. You can find the link for the pattern below in the post. 

Missed the free download?

Are you too late, but you still really want to sew the bag? You can buy the pattern in the “inspiration” online shop at the following link:

Sewing bag “Leni” 

The back with cork allows sewing without much work, so this bag is perfect for those who have not yet tried to sew a bag! 

Our author Hannah-Rose shows in a detailed sewing and embroidery tutorial a beautiful variation of the bag. Her bag is not classically black like the model, but embellished with a natural cork look and a fine floral embroidery motif. Hannah-Rose clearly shows how versatile and flexible “Leni” is.

Click here for Hanna-Rose’s article: Embroidered version of the bag “Leni”

You probably have your own design ideas? Show us your bag variations in the Community section of the blog or post them on Instagram (feel free to tag the BERNINA Instagram account and the “inspiration” magazine account). We are excited. 

A look into the magazine …

The pattern and sewing instructions for the “Leni” bag appeared in the spring issue 2020 of “inspiration”. You will find different styles and accessories for the upcoming spring. Whether dresses, ethno look or sports fashion – you will certainly find great basics and leisure cuts and chic patterns for office wear. In addition, spring freshness and – literally – wild decoration ideas are also waiting for your home!

Issue 01/2020 is available as a single issue in the inspiration online shop at the following link:

You can buy the patterns online or have them conveniently delivered to your home.

Download the free sewing pattern for the “Leni” bag (November only)

You can download the free sewing pattern for the “Leni” bag at the following link:

The link takes you to the BERNINA website. The pattern is available for free download during the month of November once you register for the BERNINA inspiration newsletter. 

Unzip the zip file containing the pattern

After downloading, you will have a zip file. In the extracted folder you will find:

  • Sewing instructions with information on materials, cutting out and sewing
  • A pattern in A4 format. You can print this out on your regular printer at home and stick the sheets together. Make sure you print out the pattern using the “original size” setting. Check the test square to make sure the pattern has been printed out in the correct size.

Please note that clicking the download button will automatically download the zip file to your computer. You will have to unzip it to access the PDF pattern. In Windows, you do this by right clicking on the file and clicking on the menu item “Extract all”. On a Mac, you can unzip zip files by double clicking the left mouse button.

Downloaded files are generally automatically put into the downloads folder, but this depends on the operating system, the device used and your local settings. If you download the file on your smartphone and cannot find the file or cannot unzip it, please try using a desktop computer.

Do you want to sew the bag, but missed the download?

Would you like to sew the bag, but November 2021 is already over? No problem! You can order the magazine as a single issue (including the printed pattern) from the shop and have it delivered to your home. Simply click on the following link:

We wish you lots of fun and success with your sewing!

Best wishes,

Free sewing tutorial: Leni bag

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  • Gina Milano EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

    Today is November 26th … the bag pattern says, “You can download the pattern for free until November 30, 2021.” But the download link said it is no longer available for free …??

    • ramonawirth EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

      Dear Gina,

      There are two different links in this article. The first one takes you to the inspiration shop. Since this article will stay online after November, this will make sure that people know where to get the pattern after this month. The link to the freebie is further down:

      There you can download the pattern after subscribing to the newsletter. Since its almost the end of November and I dont know when you will see this answer, I will also send you an email with the pattern to make sure you wont miss it.

      Kind regards, Ramona from BERNINA International

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