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Free sewing pattern for the handbag “Klara” (May only)

This month’s free pattern from inspiration Magazine is the handbag “Klara”. The bag in muted winter red is an eye-catcher because of its colour. You can download the pattern and instructions for free until May 31, 2023 in the paragraph “Download the free sewing pattern for the handbag “Klara” (May only)”. As always, you’ll have to be quick because each pattern is only available for free download in the month stated.

A model with long, blond hair is walking in front of a white building, wearing a grey felt coat, a brown faux leather skirt and white t-shirt. She has a long silver chain around her neck and wears mirrored, round sun glasses. Her left hand carries a pink coffe cup, and she has the free pattern of the month, the handbag "Klara" on her right shoulder.

Sewing the handbag “Klara”

The "Klara" bag has a strong red color and features a red leather strap, silver eyelets on the side and 3 triangles at the front.

Imitation leather is easy to handle with the right techniques. If you have not worked with imitation leather before and want to get to know this material better, be sure to read Jessica Rose’s article “How to sew with fake leather – Knotted Leather Keychain Tutorial”. Jessica also prepared a step-by-step instructions for the handbag “Klara”. She even made a second bag out of a different material because sewing this month’s free pattern was so fun and fast.

To ensure that your bag keeps its shape, make sure to iron Decovil onto the bottom before sewing. The reinforcement is also very important for keeping the eylets intact. The strap is pulled through large eyelets and knotted so that the length can be perfectly adjusted. This means that the weight of the bag puts a lot of stress on the eyelets and without the reinforcement, they could come loose. 

This picture shows the side of the "Klara" bag in close up. The leather strap is pulled through a large eyelet on the side and knotted, so that the length can be perfectly adjusted.

Take a look at the magazine…

The pattern and sewing instructions for the bag “Klara” appeared in the inspiration Magazine 75.

This issue wants to inspire you with cosy but also elegant styles and accessories. Also, designer Victoria Rakusa shows you how to sew a comfy coat. Moreover, learn about the secret of comfort and how to turn your bathroom into a wellness oasis!

Issue 75 is available as a single issue in the inspiration online shop at the following link:

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

Download the free sewing pattern for the handbag “Klara” (May 2023 only)

You can download the free sewing pattern for the handbag “Klara” at the following link:

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

The technical drawing shows the triangle details on the front and back of the handbag "Klara"

Unzip the zip file containing the pattern

In case you download the zip file instead of the pdf’s, this is what you will find in the extracted folder:

  • 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 handbag “Klara”, but missed the download?

Would you like to sew the handbag “Klara”, but May 2023 is already over? No problem! You can order the pattern from the shop, download and print it or have it delivered to your home. Simply click on the following link:

We wish you lots of fun with your sewing!

Best wishes,

Free sewing instructions: Handbag „Klara“

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  • Michelle Caldwell-Shaw 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.

    Hi RebeccaI tried the bottom link and it went to the payment area.I then tried the first link in the upper part of the blog and that went directly to the free download.Hope that is helpful.  

  • Rebecca Andrew 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.

    Can you tell me why the pattern and instructions for the Klara Bag are not available to download?  It’s only 10th May so still plenty of time left in the month.  It just keeps going round in a loop telling me to accept cookies (which I have done) and won’t go any further.

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