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Travel Light Duffle Bag – PDF Digital Sewing Pattern

THIS LISTING IS FOR A DIGITAL PATTERN in English which will be emailed to you immediately after purchase.

What’s included?

  • Digital PDF file with 17 pages of step-by-step photo instructions
  • A great standard size duffle bag
  • Extra instructions if you want to “customise the size”
  • Handy cutting chart and pattern pieces to print at home
  • Full video tutorial
  • Instant download after purchase
  • All measurements are in imperial (inches) and metric (centimetres)
  • A0 file for use with projectors or a print shop

This pattern does NOT include SVG files due to the large size of the pattern pieces

Skill level: Beginner bag maker

License: PDF files for your personal use only. You can make bags to sell on a home-based production scale.

Click here to for more information about this pattern and to view the full tester photos

Create your perfect travel bag! Grab a copy of the pattern to get started!


(1 customer review)

This duffle bag is designed for quick trips and weekends away. The size used in the pattern is specifically designed to fit the requirements for “personal” cabin luggage for Ryanair airline (correct at time of publishing). It’s also just a great standard size for a weekend bag. (“Duffle” is the British spelling for “duffel”).

This pattern is suitable for brave beginners, but I wouldn’t suggest it for your first ever try at bag making.

The pattern includes a “customise the size” page which details how to customise the bag size to your exact requirements. A blank cutting chart is also provided for you to fill out with the results of your calculations. All the calculations are provided, but you will need to do the maths. This option is only suitable for those who are comfortable working with maths and following detailed instructions. If not, we recommend sticking to the standard pattern size.

Fabric Recommendations:

This duffle bag can be made using a wide variety of materials such as cotton, canvas, cork, vinyl or leather. Whatever fabric you choose, be sure that your sewing machine can handle a lot of layers. The handles are sewn through all the layers so for domestic sewing machines, I recommend using cotton fabrics for both the exterior and lining fabrics.

Finished size:

15 1/4″ wide x 9 1/4″ tall x 7 1/4″ deep (39cm x 24cm x 19cm), but the pattern includes a “customise the size” page which details how to customise the bag size to your exact requirements!

Bag features:

  • Handy grab handles
  • Exterior pocket to fit a passport and other essentials
  • Adjustable crossbody strap
  • A quick and fun sew
  • Perfect for weekends away

Hardware kits:

Available to purchase here

Full Video Tutorial

Selling bags:

You can sell bags made from this design on a home-based production scale.

Immediately after purchase, you will receive the following files:

  • Letter paper file – the full pattern including pattern pieces for printing at home in the USA & Canada
  • A4 paper file – the full pattern including pattern pieces for printing at home outside the USA & Canada
  • A0 file – for print shop and projector use only

This is NOT a finished bag. This is a digital duffle bag sewing pattern to download and print at home to help you create your own bag. This digital file is for your personal use only and is not to be shared or reproduced. See full terms and conditions.


This is rated as a beginner friendly pattern, suitable for those with some sewing experience but not necessarily bag making experience.

For printing at home, please use the letter paper file if you’re in the USA or Canada, or the A4 file for everywhere else. The A0 file is for projector and print shop use only and is not compatible with a standard home printer.

This is a PDF digital sewing pattern in English available for instant download. See the “DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS” page for details on how to download your pattern after purchase.

This duffle bag pattern is written using both imperial (inches) and metric (centimetres) measurements.

Acrylic templates for this pattern are available to purchase directly from the manufacturers, Kallosphere in the UK and ARC Expressions in the USA.

Included in the photos are bags made by our pattern testers. Please be aware that some of the testers have made small modifications to their bags. Instructions for these modifications are not included in the pattern but are simply there to provide ideas on how you could adapt the pattern if you want to.


Required Supplies:

  • 2/3 yd (65cm) Exterior fabric (44″/110cm wide)*
  • 2/3 yd (65cm) Lining fabric (44″/110cm wide)*
  • 3 1/2 yds (320cm) Double fold bias binding, 1/2″ wide when double folded
  • 76″ (193cm) Cotton or nylon webbing (1″/25mm wide)
  • 60″ (152cm) Cotton or nylon webbing (1 1/2″/38mm wide)

*Measurements account for directional fabrics


  • 2/3 yd (65cm) Medium weight woven interfacing (G700/SF101 or similar)
  • 2/3 yd (65cm) Foam stabiliser (35″/90cm)
  • 7 1/4″ (19cm) Peltex 70P/71F ultra firm stabiliser (20″/50cm wide)

Page 31 of the pattern contains a list of various brand names for suitable interfacing and stabilisers


  • 26″ (66cm) No.5 zip tape & 3 zip pulls
  • 2 x 1 1/2″ (38mm) Swivel hooks
  • 2 x 1″ (25mm) D-rings
  • 1 x 1 1/2″ (38mm) Strap slider
  • 14 x Medium (8mm post) Rivets – Recommended but not essential


As this is an electronic product, we cannot process refunds or returns as it cannot be returned once delivered. This pattern, once purchased, is not to be shared or reproduced in any way.

Downloads are limited to 10 per file as a precaution to stop bots from sharing download links. If you need your download limit refreshed, please email us and we’ll be happy to sort it for you.
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When you purchase access to Digital Products you are purchasing a non-transferable, non-exclusive right to access the information for your personal use only. You may not publish or share the digital products or your login details with anyone else.  The copyright for this pattern belongs to Country Cow Designs Ltd. It is therefore illegal to reproduce or share the pattern with others, or claim it as your own design. This includes using the pattern to teach classes or for any other commercial use. If you wish to use one of our patterns to teach a class, you must contact us for consent first and each student/attendee must purchase their own personal copy of the pattern.


To make this bag you’ll need to use various tools/equipment. You should only use tools that are well maintained and that you are competent at using. I recommend reading and following the safety instructions provided by the manufacturer of each tool. This pattern does not include safety precautions for the use of tools, so you are responsible for the safe use of any tools you use. If in doubt, seek guidance from an experienced professional of the tools you are using or contact the manufacturer directly. You are responsible for ensuring that you have a safe and suitable working environment. The instructions in this pattern are suggestions only and you are responsible for ensuring that you can carry out the suggestions safely without causing injury or harm to yourself or others. You are also responsible for ensuring that your sewing machine and other equipment are capable of carrying out the suggestions. I cannot be held accountable for damage caused because the tools used are unsuitable.
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1 review for Travel Light Duffle Bag – PDF Digital Sewing Pattern

  1. Stephanie Gamber Verified Owner

    Excellent instructions and a great video tutorial. I like that it has pattern pieces in addition to a cut chart. I love the look of this bag!

    • Jo Kay (Country Cow Designs)

      Thanks so much!

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