The Gym Bag

Learn bag making skills with our gym bag sewing pattern. Pack everything you need for a workout (or your next weekend away) in this roomy duffle…

This project includes sturdy webbing shoulder and crossbody straps, plus faux leather details.

The Gym Bag sewing pattern

Bag sewing pattern, only available with issue 38, Simply Sewing magazine


One size

You will need

  • Main fabric: 120x135cm (47x53in)
  • Contrast fabric: 100x112cm (39x44in)
  • Lining fabric: 100x112cm (39x44in)
  • Iron on interfacing: 25x25cm (10x10in)
  • Iron on wadding: 120x90cm (47x35in)
  • Foam interfacing: 200x72cm (78x28in)
  • Bundfix iron-on tape: 2 packets
  • Heavy duty zip: 51cm (20in)
  • Zip: 18cm (7in)
  • 6 rectangle rings: 4cm (15/8in)
  • Bag slider: 4cm (15/8in)
  • 2 snaps or press fasteners
  • Matching thread
  • Basic sewing kit

Fabric suggestions:

Canvas, curtain-weight fabric or faux leather.


  • Bag making
  • Insert a zip
  • Insert snap or press fastners
  • Sew with heavier weight fabrics

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Get the pattern

Get the pattern free with issue 38 of Simply Sewing magazine in our online store.

Gym bag sewing pattern