Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A new duffel bag

I've been wanting a new sports bag for myself for a while now, and when I found one of my favourite tank tops becoming stretched and out of shape, it gave me the idea to use that for my sports bag! 
You know I love to upcycle clothes!

I used my own duffel bag tutorial but changed the sizes to suit what I needed. 
The quote from my tank top became the outside pocket.  I did use some fusible webbing to iron the tank top fabric to a piece of the bag fabric to make it sturdier and hold the shape better.

If anyone is interested, here's the measurements I used for this bag:

Circular sides - 26cm (10.25") diameter
Main bag part - 82 x 40 cm (32.23 x 15.75")
Bag straps - 2 (120 x 10cm) (47.25 x 4")
Large bag strap - 80 x 10 cm (31.5 x 4")

I added extra loops and metal rings to the large bag strap - just for a bit of extra interest:

And an orange zip for a bit of colour too.

I'm really happy with how it turned out - and that I can keep my favourite tank top going for longer - just in a different way!

My only problem now is that my elder daughter has pinched my bag to use for her swimming gear! I'll have to make her one this size so I can get mine back!!

The tutorial for this duffel bag includes several different size measurements (in both cm and inches) and templates - plus instructions on how work out the measurements to make a duffel bag any size you choose.

I now have over 100 of my own free sewing tutorials here on Creating my way to Success - all with a downloadable PDF versions too. 
They can all be found on 


  1. Love it, and obviously your daughter does too :) I could do with a bag that size, might have to make myself one!


  2. I love it! that is such a great idea and a cool sports bag!

    1. Thank you Mel! I'm making another TODAY as my daughter's pinched it once again! Hmpf!

  3. came out so well, Jill! Really like the pocked using the shirt's quote! xox, d.

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  5. Looks great in the fabric you've chosen and with the t-shirt as a pocket.

  6. Love it, great idea :)

    Thanks for sharing with us at Creative Mondays,,,

  7. This is so great! What a fun idea to update a bag with a shirt. The one you chose suits the gym bag nicely too. :)

    I’d love it if you would share this at my “That’s My Style” Link party this Friday!


    1. Thanks Karla! I certainly will come over this Friday to link up - thanks for the invite!

  8. This looks awesome!!! We would love it if you would link up at our linky party:
    Live every Wednesday to Sunday.
    Hosted by:
    http://www.lifewiththecrustcutoff.com/ Parrish @ Life with the Crust Cut Off
    http://thissillygirlslife.com/ Dana @ This Silly Girl’s Life
    We hope to see you there!

    1. Thanks for the invite! I'll come over and link up now!

  9. oh my gosh.. I totally love it.. Its awesome.. Im impressed with how it looks.. I sure could do with one myself.. :)

  10. This is so smart! I like the quote, and the variations are endless... Where should I start!? :)

  11. loving the purple sneaks too! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo

  12. Just wanted to let you know that you were featured today at my blog Get Your Crap Together!!!

  13. Hi. I love all the sizes. How many yards of fabric do you recommend for the handbag size?

    1. Hi Niki,

      For the handbag size of this duffel - a yard and a half of each fabric would easily give you plenty!


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