How to sew a zippered duffel tote bag
How to sew a zippered duffel tote bag
How to sew a zippered duffel tote bag
How to sew a zippered duffel tote bag
How to sew a zippered duffel tote bag
How to sew a zippered duffel tote bag

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

Today I am here to show you how to sew a duffel bag with zippered top closure. This particular bag is sized to meet carryon requirements and makes a wonderful travel bag because you can fold it flat and tuck several of them inside your suitcase with ease.

When finished your travel size duffel tote bag will measure approximately 17″ across the base, 8″ tall and 9″ deep.

For this project you will need one 18″ zipper and 2 yards of cotton twill fabric such as the beautiful Premier Prints I used to craft the sample bag from.

To begin, you will need to precut your material to the following dimensions:

Cut six 10″ x 18″ panels for the body

Cut four 10″ x 10″ panels for the sides

Cut four 5″ x 20″ panels for the zipper casing / gusset

Cut two 6″ x 25″ panels for the handles

I hope you enjoy the sewing project and will share photos of your finished duffel bags on the Sewspire Facebook and Instagram pages using @sewspire and #sewspire .

I will be back next week with another inspired travel themed project. Until then, please know the creative genius in me salutes the creative genius in you!



P.S. Congratulations to Janice Centritto as she is the Happy Mail winner of the patchwork dachshund pup we made last week! If you would like to enter to win this week’s travel sized duffel bag, you can sign up here.

3 thoughts on “How to sew a zippered duffel tote bag

  1. Hi- love the bag! Question:
    You mention 2 yards fabric- how much for focus fabric and how much for lining/contrast fabric? I noticed the dark blue for the bottom, the the contrast for the lining and zipper casing. Going shopping for fabric and wanted to get the right amounts of the three fabrics.
    Thanks in advance,

    1. Depending upon the width of your fabric (54″) you may be able to get away with 3 half yard cuts of three prints. To be economical, I would suggest you buy 1 yard of two prints. If you’d like to add the third contrast, then buy an additional half yard of the solid. You can always use the leftover fabric to create small pouches or add pockets to the interior. Happy sewing! Andrea

  2. Cannot wait to try this duffel bag, it is great!! What kind of needle did you use on this ?

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