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Introducing the Dogwood Travel Duffel Bag

Dogwood Travel Duffel by Chera Phipody
Tester bag made by Chera of Phipody Handmade

I am happy to introduce my latest sewing pattern - the Dogwood Travel Duffel. This is a larger carry-on sized bag with 10 pockets: 1 front cargo pocket with flap closure, 2 exterior zippered side cargo pockets, 1 exterior zippered pocket on the front with 3 clear vinyl pockets inside, as well as another 2 slip pockets and 1 zippered pocket inside the bag.

There are a few optional features on this bag:

Dogwood tester by Phipody Handmade

- a suitcase strap on the back that allows you to slip the bag over the handles of a rolling suitcase
- you can choose to omit the piping and the top handles
- you can use either grommets or D-ring connectors to attach your cross body strap

If a large bag isn't for you or you just don't have as much time to sew, you can opt for the mini Dogwood duffel instead. Its smaller size and fewer pockets result in an easier sew that's less time-consuming. The Mini Dogwood's measurements are: 11.75” W x 9” H x 6.25” D. You can download the tutorial here. Make sure you download the PDF and use the cutting chart provided.

The large Dogwood, although not especially difficult, can feel a bit daunting to make. If you are looking for a quick sew, this is not the project for you! You can expect to spend 6 to 8 hours creating this bag. There are some areas that can become bulky in the seams, such as the bottom of the cargo pocket. It's completely sewable on a domestic machine, but I've also included several tips in the pattern to help make the construction a lot easier for you. 

Once again, my testers have done an incredible job with their bags! 

Rounds and Stitches - Dogwood Travel Duffel
Casey from Rounds and Stitches went with a southwestern feel which I absolutely love!
W.D. Handbags - Dogwood Mini Duffel
Wendy of W.D. Handbags made a large and a mini. Pictured here is her Mini version in the most adorable fabric by Michael Miller.
Barabooboo Designs - Dogwood travel duffel
Michelle of Barabooboo made this incredible "ski" themed bag to hold her skiing equipment. 
Munkee Made - Dogwood Travel Duffel
Sheri of Munkee Made bravely attempted an all cork version and this bag does not disappoint! A gorgeous turtle print cork for the exterior pockets paired with natural and black cork accents.
Skull and Thread - Dogwood Travel Duffel
Courtney of Skull and Thread made this stunning unisex bag from Encyclopedia Galactica fabrics with black glitter cork.

Get your copy of the Dogwood Travel Duffel here and don't forget to download the mini Dogwood tutorial!



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  • Elaine N on

    I sure would like to see a tutorial on how to sew with cork fabric. How is it interfaced? Which type of sewing needle and thread do you use? I bought some cork fabric but don’t know how to make a bag with it.


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