Weekender Duffle Bag Tutorial & Free Pattern

Weekender Duffle Bag Tutorial & Free Pattern

Created by: Trish Stitched

Whether you're road tripping or jet setting, take off on your next getaway in style with this perfectly portable tote bag tutorial. Let's get started!

Weekender Bag

Weekender Bag

Supplies Needed

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Instructions

First, click here to download the PDF pattern for this projectv and print at 100%. Print page 1 first, and measure the test square. If measurements are accurate, continue printing. If not, check your percentage/zoom and print again.

Additional Pattern Pieces to Cut:
  • Interior Pockets: 15” x 21” Main Fabric
  • Straps: 25” x 2.75” (x4) Main Fabric
  • Bottom: 21” x 8” (1x) Vinyl, (1x) Lining

Note: All Seam Allowances ½” unless otherwise noted.

Cut all your pattern pieces and interface cotton pieces.

Weekender Bag

With a ½” seam allowance, sew vinyl bottoms to cotton tops for bag front, back and sides.

Weekender Bag

Weekender Bag

Make Your Straps

With right sides together, sew two strap pieces along the long edges, leaving ends open. Turn right side out. Iron and topstitch. Repeat with second strap. Line the center of the strap with the center of the strap detailing, and clip in place. Topstitch around the edges.

Weekender Bag

Attach Your Straps

With erasable fabric pen or chalk, mark where to sew straps on the front of your bag as shown on your pattern piece. Sew around the vinyl base ¼”, and again to make straps stronger.

Weekender Bag

Weekender Bag

Sew in Your Zipper

Fold each zipper tab in half, wrong sides together. Attach zipper ends to folded edges and sew. Cut zipper piece in half, lengthwise. Sew the zipper in between your zipper band with your zipper foot (1/4”). Topstitch zipper and trim zipper tabs to even out your zipper band.

Sew each zipper band short edge to exterior sides.

Weekender Bag

Weekender Bag

Weekender Bag

Weekender Bag

Weekender Bag

Weekender Bag

Finish bag exterior

Sew center bag band to front and back, taking extra time to match vinyl bottom seams. Start and end seam 1/2” in and backstitch. This will help when attaching the bottom of the bag. Open the zipper – the top of the bag is where you will be able to turn your fabric right side out after attaching the bottom.

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Attach the bottom

Line up your bag corners with bag bottom corners, and clip along all sides. When attaching bag bottom, sew to corner and pivot, flattening the seam as you go.

Weekender Bag

Weekender Bag

Make Bag Lining

To make your interior pockets, fold pocket piece in half, wrong sides together, making piece 7.5” x 21”. Iron and topstitch on the fold. Place raw edge of pocket bottom to raw edge of one lining body piece. Mark center and stitch through pocket and lining in the center.

Weekender Bag

Weekender Bag

Weekender Bag

As with the exterior zipper band, cut lining zipper band in half. Fold center in ½”, to make room for the zipper. Attach zipper band ends to bag sides. (Pictured is ¼” but ½” fold results in cleaner finish)

Weekender Bag

Weekender Bag

The same as sewing the exterior bag, sew the lining pieces together, and attach lining bottom.

Attaching Lining to Bag

With the bag exterior right sides out, insert the bag lining, wrong sides together. Line zipper exterior with zipper band interior and hand stitch closed.

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That's it! Now you're all set to go on your next adventure in style! Visit fabric.com to customize your tote bag with our vast selection of fabrics.

Weekender Bag

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