Travel Bag Set DIY

Whether you travel near or far ... quick overnights or long tours, one of our favorite "civilized" ways to pack our luggage is with travel bags.  These bags bring not only organization to your luggage, but a bit of style.   

xoxo Karen June

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  • 2 yds. cotton fabric (for shoe and laundry bags)*
  • 1/2 yd. contrasting cotton fabric  (for lingerie bag)*
  • 1/3 yd. linen fabric*
  • 3 yds.  cotton cording*
  • sewing machine
  • coordinating sewing thread and bobbin
  • iron
  • fabric scissors
  • quilting pins
  • measuring tape or quilting ruler
  • transfer paper or contrasting colored pencil
  • pen
  • embroidery floss
  • embroidery needle
  • embroidery scissors
  • seam ripper
  • drawstring threader (optional) 

* All of the great fabrics we used came from the Fabric Place Basement.  

Pattern Sizes: 

Shoe Bag

  • Cotton 36" x 14"  **
  • Linen 14" x 6" 
  • Cording 28"

Lingerie Bag

  • Cotton 43" x 17"  **
  • Linen 17" x 6" 
  • Cording 36" 

Laundry Bag

  • Cotton 50" x 20"  **
  • Linen 20" x 6"
  • Cording 44" 

**  Fabric length will be folded in half to create front and back of bag. 


Wash and iron all of your newly selected fabric.  (I have to admit that this step always drives me crazy.  I want to rush home from the fabric store with my new finds and get right to work.  I also don't love ironing and am so tempted to work with perfectly pressed fabric fresh off the bolt.  However, most fabrics shrink in the wash.   For this project, we are sewing with mixed fabric types, cotton and linen, so this step is even more important as fabrics shrink at different rates.)

1.  Cut your fabric in the measurements provided.  (Fabric lengths will be folded in half to create front and back of bag.) 

2.  Transfer the embroidery pattern onto your piece of linen or write by hand using a contrasting pencil or embroidery marking pen.  Embroider using a contrasting embroidery thread.  (I find three strands work well.)  For this project, I used the stem stitch.  

3.  Press under (toward wrong side) the long sides of your linen fabric 1/2" .  

4.  With your cotton material pressed in half,  pin the linen to your cotton fabric 3" up from the mid point fold making sure to pin through only one layer of the cotton.  

5.  Topstitch the linen to the cotton.

6.  Fold your cotton fabric so that the right sides are facing together.  Stitch both sides with 5/8" seam allowance.  Iron seams flat.  

7. Fold rough edges underneath towards stitching.  Press.  Edge stitch to finish seams. Press flat again.  

8.  Bag should still be inside out.  Press the top cuff of the bag in 1/4".  

9.  Press  in 1  1/2" and topstitch.  

10. Sew a second line 5/8" from the top of the bag to create a drawstring channel.  Turn your bag right side out and press.  

11.  Using your seam ripper, open the channel seam on the right side of the bag.  

12. Using a drawstring threader, thread your cotton cording through the channel and tie the two ends together in a knot.  (If you don't have a drawstring threader, you can also tie a knot in the end of your cording and slowly feed it through the channel.  Attaching a large safety pin to the end also works well.)