The Upgrader PDF Pattern

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The Upgrader comes with two sizes to choose from. The small is the perfect sized handbag for a day out shopping where you don’t need to carry a ton of paraphernalia. The larger size is perfect if you like to carry a lot of extra things in your handbag.

The Upgrader features a front slip pocket (perfect for your keys) and a back slip pocket which you can choose to have as a quick access pocket for your phone. Or choose to have the back pocket close more securely with a simple alteration as shown in the pattern. The Top Strap Closure keeps your main compartment and front pocket closed. Inside the main compartment you will find a zippered pocket.

With the addition of Pocket Supplement B, you will have loads of pockets to keep organised while you shop!

Finished size:
SMALL: Approx. 25cm (10”) W at the Base and 37cm (14 ½”) W at the Top X 23.5cm (9 ¼”) H X 9cm (3 ½”) D.
LARGE: Approx. 28cm (11”) W at the Base and 41cm (16”) W at the Top X 28cm (11”) H X 10cm (4”) D.

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The PDF pattern for The Upgrader has 36 pages of instructions which include 87 step by step colour photos.

The pattern comes with written printing instructions as well as video instructions on downloading, saving and printing for both a PC and Mac.

12 Pattern pieces (for two sizes) are included as well as cutting measurements for rectangular pieces. Both Metric and Imperial measurements are included! For your printing convenience, pattern pieces are included as a separate PDF to the instructions and come in both A4 and Letter sizes.

PLUS, a TEXT ONLY version of the instructions (9 pages) comes bundled with your pattern for printing purposes. This is great should you not need or wish to print all of the photos! Simply refer to your electronic versions for photos if needed! Saves on ink!

Additional information

Pattern Type


ChrisW Designs

Requirements & Video Intro

*Exterior Feature Fabric – 112cm (44”) wide: 64cm (18”)
*Side & Straps Accent – 112cm (44”) wide: 46cm (½ Yard) Or 137cm (54”) W X 30.5cm (12”)
*Lining fabric – 112cm (44”) wide: 90cm (1 Yard) (This is enough for adding Pocket Supplement B)
*Fusible Woven Interfacing: WovenFuse – 114cm (45”) Wide – 1.9m (2 Yards)
*Substitutes are DHJ501 or Pellon Shape-Flex SF101- 51cm (20”) Wide – 3.7m (4 Yards).
*Soft & Stable or Pellon Flex Foam or Headliner (Referred to in pattern only as Soft & Stable):
71cm X 46cm (28” X 18”)
*Decovil 1 (Heavy), Peltex 71F, Fast2Fuse or TimTex or 2 layers of Decovil Light (Referred to in pattern only as Decovil 1): 90cm X 15cm (29 ½” X 6”)

*1 X #3 Dress Zipper for Interior Zipper Pocket:
Large – 30cm (12”) or Small – 28cm (11”) (Or longer cut to size)
*1 X 25mm (1”) D Ring
*1 X 25mm (1”) Swivel Hook (Length of the hook is 5cm (2”). If different, adjust your Top Strap to suit.)
*4 X 25mm (1”) Strap Ends
*14 X Double Capped Rivets 8mm (Stem) & 2 X Double Capped Rivets X 6mm (Stem) (Stem size is a guide only, and may vary depending on thicknesses)
NOTE: You can try Chicago Screws as a substitute if rivets scare you!

Fabric Glue, Double Sided Wonder Tape (or Glue suitable for glue basting – I use Elmer’s Washable School Glue), Tailors Chalk, Fray Stopper, Hole Punches, Rivet Setting Tools, plus general sewing items.

1 review for The Upgrader PDF Pattern

  1. Hjordis

    This bag, in both sizes, is loaded with pockets, easily accessible and hidden alike. The interior Seupplemental Pocket B adds a secure place to store valuables. Both sizes have been sewn for my personal use!

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