The Emblem Duffle Bag sewing pattern is now available in pdf and paper pattern formats! This is a medium-sized duffle bag that is deceptive in its appearance – the bag is actually made with only front and back fabrics that are cleverly manipulated into a boxy bag!
This bag was actually the original inspiration for the Emblem Duffle Bag. This is a bag that I made for Tula Pink for her Quilt Market booth for her fabric line, ‘Slow and Steady’. Tula had specific details for her bag in mind, including these 2″ wide hot-pink seat belt straps. So cool! Tula wanted to have more than one print used on the exterior of the bag, so we decided on this color-blocking effect with the two fabrics.
And Tula actually made (SHE MADE A BAG FROM MY PATTERN!) an Emblem Duffle Bag with machine embroidery from every single one of the colors in her new Ultimate Aurifil Collection! Anyway, give me a minute to calm myself and I’ll tell you some more about this pattern.
Finished Size: 18” long x 10” tall x 8” deep (46cm long x 25.5cm tall x 20.5cm deep)
The bag has an optional false bottom, which I find pretty handy (although it holds its shape really well if you’re packing it in with lots of stuff!). It has two zippered pockets in the lining.
- 1-1/4 yard (1.15 metre) of Exterior Fabric (quilting cotton)
- 1-1/4 yard (1.15 metre) of Lining Fabric
- 1 yard (0.9 metre) of solid fabric (quilting cotton or leather) for straps
- 5/8 yard (0.6 metre) of foam interfacing (By Annie’s Soft and Stable, Pellon Flex Foam, Bosal In-R-Form, or automotive headliner; if using Flex Foam, it is only 20” wide so please purchase 2 yards)
- 3-1/4 yards (3 meters) of 20” wide Pellon SF-101 Shape Flex fusible woven interfacing (or medium-weight fusible interfacing)
- Either two triangle rings -OR- two d-rings with 1” (2.5cm) opening
- 1-1/2” (40mm) metal slider
- Two swivel clips with 1-1/2” (40mm) wide opening for strapping
- 30” (76cm) handbag zipper
- Two 12” (35.5cm) zippers
- Optional false bottom: 1 sheet of plastic cross stitch template and foam core board (in the school supply section)
The bag on the pattern cover (in cheetah print) was made by Amber of Roar Haus, who was one of the pattern testers. As usual, I’m excited to show off all of the other tester versions as they worked really hard on their bags and they are each unique and gorgeous! Thank you so much!
The worlds of bag-making and quilting collide with this pretty patchwork Emblem duffle, made by Lemon Tree Studio. Bright and happy patchwork is complimented by teal strapping and handles! Awesome!!
Natalie of Hungry Hippie made this fantastic Emblem Duffle Bag using fabric from Spoonflower. I think it’s fan-tastic!! If you’re not familiar with Spoonflower, it’s a print-on-demand website with lots of different substrates; you can upload your own design or use one of the many designs already available on the site. This is a really great kitschy vintage print and looks beautiful with the linen!
Cyndi of The Nosy Pepper (and also on Instagram) made her bag in a metallic Echino print, with front handles to match! So cool! I love the pop of pink too, it’s a great accent to this stand-out bag!
Amber of Roar Haus (and also follow her on Instagram) made this duffle in Anna Maria Horner fabric that her mom picked out. When I saw this I ordered the same fabric to make one for my daughter (maybe as a birthday present?). So I guess imitation is the sincerest form of flattery in this case!
Alison of Bobbin Girl, a bag-making shop in the UK, made her bag to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday. I think ‘majestic’ is absolutely the appropriate word in this case!!
Melisa of Melisa Jane Handmade made this great duffle in Frances Newcombe ‘Utopia’ fabrics. The large scale minty print pairs perfectly with the neutral gray straps. Great job Melisa!
Margareth of Maggie Made Bags made her bag in a flora and fauna linen fabric with bright and happy polka dot straps!! Perfect finish and what a great shape this bag has!
Norma made her bag in a combinations of linen fabrics and print from Art Gallery Fabrics; she pieced the print and the blue woven and made tassels for the zipper to complete this boho look!
Madelyn’s bag in Tula Pink ‘Birds and the Bees’ fabric is paired here with a great linen fabric which echoes a similar color to that of the trees in the print. Great work as always, Madelyn!
Sharon of Color Girl Quilts (who is an amazing quilt pattern designer by the way, check out her patterns – I’ve purchased several!) made this beyond-fabulous texty version. I love the huge text on this large bag, I kind of want this one for myself!
Barbara made this unisex bag in blue denim with red faux leather handles; I love that all of her supply choices really make the bag sing, especially the silver metal zipper teeth and the hardware. Fantastic!
Tracy (make sure to follow her on Instagram!) made not one but two duffles! The blue bag was made with pigskin for the front handles, and in the yellow print bag below, Tracy added her own zippered pocket to the front and mesh pocket on the insides, proving this bag is very adaptable to your needs!
Maria made her bag in plaid and black leather, and as her photo shows, it’s a very classy travel bag when paired with the black leather that she used here! I especially love the brief quilting on the straps and the fabric running down the middle of them!
Melissa made her bag in a wonderful prism fabric with black leather. Melissa suggested to make sure that if you decide to use leather for your straps, that the leather is not too thick, as the straps will be meeting in the seam at the bottom of the bag. Beautiful job Melissa!
Stephanie of Thread Ov Metal paired this great print with some diamond straight light quilting. I think the quilting inparticular is great because it echoes the straight lines on the straps. Beautiful work Stephanie!
This next bag is made by Carina (please follow her on Instagram!) in Cotton+Steel ‘Zephyr’ fabrics. I think this is a really whimsical print that really showcase all of the features of her bag, especially when the strap fabrics matches the print so perfectly! Gorgeous!!
Here’s a top view of Mhairi’s bag and those adorable little mice! This bag can hold a lot!
Marvelous Auntie M would rather make bags than do the dishes – and who can blame her, when she turns out gorgeous bags like this??
Doctor Who fans be amazed with this gorgeous duffle by Susan of SB Stitching. It’s bigger on the inside!
Colleen used several different elements that make this bag a smashing success! Black leather handles, straight line quilting on a geometric print, and pretty purse hardware! For the win!
Jackie made this version in a pastel and neutral palette, and she was very excited because she got to sew this bag on her new Janome 7700, a gift from her husband! What a sweet guy!
Snow of Sewing with Dragons used an adorable Matryoshka dolls fabric and did an excellent job with pressing so this bag keeps its box-like shape. Great work Snow!
Teresa’s chosen this really large scale floral print with quilted straps; I think such a large print looks amazing on a bag of this size. Great job Teresa!
I’m laughing as I’m posting this photo because Maria of Beautiful Blooms never gets to keep a bag for herself – her children lay claim to them in rotating order, lol! Nice job Maria!
Jamie’s got a great beachy fabric to be the main feature on her new travel bag! A vertically-cut stripe fabric would be a great option – the thicker the better!
This is Dia’s first bag ever! She deserves a huge hand, and she obviously went all-in by working with some leather too! Beautiful work Dia and congratulations!!
I decided to show the top view of Maire’s bag here in this beautiful batik – this bag looks great and holds its shape, even though it is made with front and back pieces only, with a little bit of pressing! Super job, Maire!
The Cloth Albatross is at it again! Crystal made her bag in a masculine palette of white and black, with accenting gold hardware and rivets. She added her own modifications to the zipper end, applying some strapping to the bottom of the bag to attach to the end. Really creative, Crystal!