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Duffle Bag Patterns - Over 30 designs
Because of its roomy size and zip top closure, a duffle bag would be perfect for
hauling items to the beach or to the gym, and can also make a great overnight bag.
And since duffle bags are meant to be durable, consider making your bag from a
thick, heavy fabric like denim or cotton canvas. And if you do decide to go with a
heavy denim, just be sure to use a thicker denim needle in your sewing machine,
which will pierce your heavy fabric more easily and without breaking, which is
especially important when sewing bulky seams that merge. But if you choose to
make your duffle bag from a lighter-weight fabric, consider adding a layer of fusible
interfacing to your fabric pieces (before sewing them together, of course) to give
your bag extra strength.
And if you plan to make your duffle bag from cotton fabric and want to be able to
launder your finished bag, be sure to preshrink your fabric first. You may even want
to preshrink 100% cotton fabric more than once because cotton doesn’t always
shrink its maximum amount with the first washing.
And if you're new to sewing, a duffle bag is probably not an ideal first project simply
because it can be quite tricky to fit and sew the circular ends of the bag to the body
without ending up with puckers. A tote bag would likely make an easier first project.
Let’s make duffle bags! Here you’ll find over thirty free duffle bag patterns and
tutorials collected from all over the web. Sew traditional rounded duffle bags, rugged
cargo duffle bags and more!