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 



27 comments:

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

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

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

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  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.

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  6. Love it, great idea :)

    Thanks for sharing with us at Creative Mondays,,,

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  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!

    http://www.MySerendipitousLife.com

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

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  8. This looks awesome!!! We would love it if you would link up at our linky party:
    http://www.lifewiththecrustcutoff.com/two-girls-and-a-party-link-up-29/
    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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    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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