On the Go: Sewing Patterns for Travel Bags

Are you headed over the river and through the woods this holiday season? Whether you’re hitting the open road or flying the friendly skies, make sure you’re ready to travel in style with these sewing patterns for travel bags.

Learn how to sew a reversible tote and zipper pouch, perfect for travel, in the FREE Craftsy class Bag-Making Basics!

Carry-on bags

Travel duffel Bags, pattern on Craftsy

Photo via StudioCherie

The Travel Duffel pattern is just the right size for a weekend trip, as a carry-on bag for the plane, or a roomy tote for the car (to keep all of your road-trip essentials close at hand). This pattern includes some fun details, like a bit of machine quilting and the use of jute webbing on the bag’s handles. Get the pattern.

Pink Patterned Bag

Photo via Barbara Weiland

The Quilted Traveler’s Tote pattern has lots of pockets on the outside to keep your must-haves within easy reach. Get the pattern.

Patterned Travel Bag, Pattern on Craftsy

Photo via Barbara Weiland

The Terrific Travel Tote folds flat, so it’s a great tote to stash in your suitcase in case you collect a few too many treasures while you’re away. Get the pattern.

Two Round Patterned Travel Bags

Photo via cozynestdesign

I love the unique shape of the Sweet Escapes Travel Set, perfect for jet-setting with a little retro flair. Get the pattern.

Woman Holding Blue Patterned Travel Bag

The Weekender Bag is another great option for a last-minute getaway. And would work just as well as a carry-all for when you’re not traveling. Get the pattern.

Toiletry bags

Travel Roll Toiletry Bag

Photo via Christie Min

I love the GoGo Travel Bag. A folding toiletry bag makes it so easy to organize your toiletries or jewelry for packing, in addition to being easy to access once you reach your destination. This would be a relatively easy pattern to try if you want to work with oil cloth or laminated cotton. Get the pattern.

Smaller White Travel Bags

Photo via sneezerville

The Goodie Bag pattern is perfect for corralling all of your toiletries for travel. You could stitch up matching sets for the whole family. As a bonus, this pattern also gives you the opportunity to practice French seams. Get the pattern.

Small Floral Travel Bag with Plastic Side

Photo via BlackDogFiberStudio

The Crystal Clear Project Box would also make a great toiletry bag for travel. Using vinyl allows you to see the bag’s contents at a glance and is also easy to clean up if anything spills while in transit. Get the pattern.


Passport Travel Bag, on Craftsy

Photo via Blissful Pattern

A passport wallet to keep all of your travel documents at the ready is a must-have if you are traveling internationally. The Traveler Passport Wallet uses three fat quarters, so you should be able to make it with fabric from your stash. The Family Size Passport Holder is perfect if you’re trying to keep track of multiple passports. Get the pattern.

Shoe and Laundry Travel Bags, Patterns on Craftsy

Photo via Val Laird Designs

The Over the Rainbow Travel Set will keep your dirty laundry separated from your clean clothes, and you can also stitch up a few of the shoe bags to keep your suitcase nice and neat. Get the pattern.

Unique Jewelry Travel Bag

Photo via plaidscottie

Keep your jewelry safe and organized with the simple Weekender Jewelry Pouch. And after you sew one for yourself, why not whip up a bunch to give as holiday gifts? Get the pattern.


Children's travel bags

Photo via Craftsy designer Pannayg

Traveling with kids? The Children’s Travel Bag is perfect for stashing snacks and activities to keep the wee ones entertained in the car or on the plane. Get the pattern.

Small Pink Travel Bag Hanging on Fence

Photo via Lilac Lane

The Little Traveler’s Companion is a pillow and tote bag in one, so youngsters have everything they need to keep busy or take a nap while en route. Get the pattern.

You might also enjoy our post on how to sew a stylish tote bag. For more detailed instruction on how to sew your own bags, check out the Craftsy class Quilt-As-You-Go Patchwork Bags with Tara Rebman.

Tomorrow on the Craftsy blog, we’ll share six techniques to try with your piping foot.

Have you stitched up any handmade bags for traveling?



Beautiful designs in bag. Thanks for sharing these nice pics. I like all and that little retro one is my favorite. I would like to sew the same.

Kate Elworthy

I love the travel bag and have purchased the pattern but am finding it impossible to get 3 and half inch jute webbing. Any ideas?


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