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Let's make duffle bags! Here you'll find over thirty free duffle bag patterns and tutorials collected from all over the web.
Sew traditional round duffle bags, rugged cargo duffle bags and more! Great as sports & gym bags, or for dance class.
Because of its roomy size and zip top closure, a duffle bag would be perfect for hauling items to the beach or to the gym, and can also make a great weekend travel or overnight bag.
And since duffle bags are meant to be durable, consider making your bag from a thick, heavy fabric like denim or cotton canvas. And if you do decide to go with a heavy denim, just be sure to use a thicker denim needle in your sewing machine, which will pierce your heavy fabric more easily and without breaking, which is especially important when sewing bulky seams that merge. But if you choose to make your duffle bag from a lighter-weight fabric, consider adding a layer of fusible interfacing to your fabric pieces (before sewing them together, of course) to give your bag extra strength.
And if you plan to make your duffle bag from cotton fabric and want to be able to launder your finished bag, be sure to preshrink your fabric first. You may even want to preshrink 100% cotton fabric more than once because cotton doesn't always shrink its maximum amount with the first washing.
And if you're new to sewing, a duffle bag is probably not an ideal first project simply because it can be quite tricky to fit and sew the circular ends of the bag to the body without ending up with puckers. A tote bag would likely make an easier first project.
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