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:
- 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!