Merchant & Mills

The Costermonger Pattern

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By Merchant & Mills

The Costermonger is the essential market tote designed as a backpack. Fill it up with wholesome goodies, leaving your hands free to tickle your dog. This is a simple satisfying sew that uses little fabric so ideal for using up some of your stash or making as a present.

Skill level; Beginner

The sample in the picture is made from Yellow Dry Oilskin. 

The grey check fabric is called Prince of Wales check. 

The other grey fabric is Grey Dry Oilskin. 

Fabric Requirements: (this is an unlined bag)

80 – 98cm wide – 0.95M

98 – 150cm wide 0.70M

Leather Strap Version: 

Rivets or chicago screws 8 x 9mm

Metal sliders 4 x 1″  

Leather Strap 2 x 1″ x 89cm long 

Matching thread

When inserting the rivets we recommend using a very solid surface like a cement floor so there is no movement. You will just need a hammer to set the rivets, but you will need something to make a hole in your leather, we recommend a revolving hold punch.

Webbing Version:

Metal sliders 2 x 1″. The sliders you need will slightly depend on the webbing you use. 

1.6m of webbing 3cm wide. 

Matching thread

Suggested Fabrics:

Oilskin, Dry Oilskin, Mid-Heavy weight Cotton Canvas or Drill, Mid weight Denim (8-14oz)

Finished measurements length 45cm, width 40cm.