**Please scroll down the page for the links to the free patterns**
Why spend a hundred dollars or more on a designer fabric travel bag when you can make your own for a fraction of the cost?
Here you'll find a collection of twenty free weekender bag patterns & tutorials gathered from all over the web! So if you're looking to sew a strong, sturdy bag for overnight travel, you've come to the right place.
With just enough room for toiletries and a change of clothes, a compact bag like this is just the right size for an overnight getaway or a weekend trip to Grandma's. And any of these bags would also make a great gym, sport, or dance bag.
Keep in mind though that most of these bag patterns aren't for the faint of heart. Most require somewhat complex construction techniques consisting of many pattern pieces, lots of steps, the insertion of one or more zippers, inner pockets and compartments, linings, and require working with heavy, bulky fabrics - things that can be challenging even for a experienced seamstress. Therefore, a bag like this probably wouldn't be a good sewing project for a beginner.
But of course, the payoff for tackling a involved project like this is not only getting to choose your fabrics, but getting to customize your bag as you'd like and to experience the satisfaction of a completed project.
To give you bag a more professional look, consider adding hardware such as rivets, buckles, or metal snaps. Also, leather trim and piping can give your bag a more finished look. And consider adding a detachable shoulder strap to your bag. This way, you'll be able to carry it like a piece of luggage and not have a long strap that could get caught on things while traveling. And consider treating the outside of your finished bag with a Scotchgard-type stain repellent to help protect it from stains.
Also, this page may contain affiliate links, which means I may make a commission if you purchase something from one of these websites (but the patterns linked to should be free).