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Free sewing pattern for the bag “Nova” (March 2024 only)

Want to add an instant summer vibe to your looks or are you in need of a new eye catcher? Download the pattern for the bag “Nova” until March 31, 2024 in the paragraph Download the free sewing pattern for the bag “Nova” (March only) and get creative! As always, you’ll have to be quick because each pattern is only available for free download in the month stated.

The strap and top from the free pattern "Nova" are made from red artificial leather, and the body is made from a fabric with a zig zag pattern.

Sewing the bag “Nova”

We combined a bright red imitation leather with remnants of an ethnic fabric. You could also repurpose an old cushion, rug or skirt with a textured fabric for this project. To make the outer layer a bit sturdier, reinforce all bag pieces with Style-Vil (Vlieseline). This will help the bag to keep it’s shape!

A woman with pinned up hair and a pastel purple dress is standing in between some potted plants. Her outfit consists of the dress, a silver low hanging necklace with a peace sign pendant, some white slippers and the bag "Nova" in red.

The bag “Nova” features a lining without any inside pockets. However, you can always add pockets to the lining, straps for your keys and more. Since ironing immitation leather from the top can damage the material, we stuck a piece of Wonder Tape on the center back of the leather strap, folded in the sides and topstitched along the edge. This way, ironing is not required!

back view of the free sewing pattern, bag "Nova"

Take a look at the magazine…

The pattern and sewing instructions for the bag “Nova” appeared in the inspiration Magazine 2/21.

This issue features happy bits and pieces for the summer wardrobe, such as airy dresses, casual tops or one of the new skirts. Or what about a relaxing weekend getaway? Quickly pack cosmetics, the pretty dress, and a change of shoes – all this fits perfectly into the new self-sewn garment bags in this issue.


Issue 2/21 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 pattern for the bag “Nova” (March 2024 only)

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

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

technical drawing of the bag "Nova", showing the front on the left, and the backside on the right.

Unzip the zip file containing the instructions

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 and US Letter. 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 or embroidery designs. 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 “Nova”, but missed the download?

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: Bag „Nova“

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    I cannot find the Free Tutorial for the Nova Bag.  I presume it is a video.(?)Do you have a web address for the tutorial?  Thanks!

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