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Retro Travel Bag Sewing Pattern | Digital PDF Pattern


About the Pattern

Make yourself a great travel bag that is perfect to stow your stuff in when you’re on the go with this travel bag sewing pattern.

This retro-inspired weekender travel bag is the perfect size for a weekend getaway! 

Special Features:

  • The pattern is delivered to you via instant download, in PDF format. The pattern is written using FULL-color photos of each step.
  • Includes Printable Pattern Pieces.
  • The finished bag measures approximately 20” wide by 11” tall by 6” wide.
  • It can be made from Laminate Fabric, Quilting Weight Cotton, Oil Cloth or Home Decor Weight Cotton.

Included in the pattern are three handle styles:

  • One that uses purchased purse handles.
  • The second option for sewn purse straps that are long enough to swing over your shoulder!
  • Also included are directions for adding leather straps

Skill Level:


Video Tutorial

You can find video instructions guiding you through the construction of this bag on the Riley Blake YouTube channel.  

Supplies Required


1 yard of cotton fabric, pattern is suitable for laminated fabrics, cotton fabrics such as quilting weight cotton, light weight home decor fabric. Not suitable for stretch fabric.  

1 yard fabric for bag lining 

1/2 yard fabric for inside bag pocket 

1/2 yard fabric for outside bag pocket 

1/2 yard fabric for view B purse handles 

1/4 yard of fabric (or fat quarter) for purse handle tabs if making view A  



1 yard 45” wide Fusible Fleece 1 yard 20” wide Medium Weight interfacing 

1 1/2 yards 20” wide Heavyweight fusible interfacing such as Thermoweb Heavyweight Non Woven Inter-facing OR Pellon Flex Foam Interfacing.

(note if you are making the bag from laminate fabric purchase sewn in interfacing, not fusible).

Handle Options, pick one:

2 purchased purse handles for view A

OR  2 yards 1’’ wide cotton webbing for sewn view B Handles


1” wide Leather Belt Blank that is at least 48”.  Leather hole punch, 1/2” leather rapid rivets and setting tool, 1 piece of plastic canvas. Notions:

30” metal zipper

14” metal zipper for outer pocket

2 packages of bias piping

1 package of extra wide double fold bias tape

1/2 yard 1” wide ribbon (if using purchased purse handles) 



Teflon Foot, if sewing with laminated/coated fabric. Cording Foot

Zipper Foot

Walking Foot

Recommended: Micro Tex Needle 



Spray Paint (if you want bamboo handles another color)

Basting Spray/ Glue Stick

Piece of interfacing or tissue paper to trace pattern pieces

Fabric Safe Marking Pen

Binding Clips

Pattern Delivery

Pattern includes full-size pattern pieces, color photos of each step and detailed instructions to make creating your bag as easy as possible.

The pattern is in Adobe Acrobat format and includes full-color photos, illustrations, and step by step instructions.

After you complete your purchase you will automatically be emailed a link to download your pattern.


This is a PDF pattern and there is NO SHIPPING COST and nothing will be mailed to you. This is a PRINT AT HOME PATTERN.