Boxy Overnight Bag

June 16, 2014

This week I have joined Sweet Bee Buzzings Sew a Long for a Boxy Bag, resized to create an overnight bag.

boxy overnight bag

The aim to make a bag similar to this one.

Boxy Overnight Bag

I decided to size it up to create an overnight bag for my daughter. As she doesn’t have such a bag I guessed the finished size, hoping it would be suitable for her PJ’s, toilet bag and change of clothes.

First day of the sew-a-long, cut out, add interfacing and fusible fleece. Make the handles and sew onto the bag.

The finished bag I created is 12″ by 16″ with a 4″ width. Helpfully Bethany provides instructions on sizing up the pattern. Next step was to work out the zip length, and handle length. The zip was surprisingly easy as the sew along pattern top measurement (where the zip is placed) was 18″ and mine 20″ so i bought a zip two inches longer than the recommended zip (26″).

The handle length I debated about, in the end I decided on 14 1/2″ handles, and 25″ length for each side of the bag – totalling 79″ (just in case someone wishes to follow my measurements)

Overnight Bag Day 1

 Day Two -adding the internal pockets

Next to create the internal pockets. Firstly zip pocket, I’ve done these before, so found this relatively easy. The pleat pockets took some more calculations, I made the pleats 1/2″ wide, my fabric was 19″ by 24″

Overnight Bag Day 2

Day three – sewing it all together. Today’s instructions were far easier to follow than I initially thought, and of course had the added bonus of finishing the bag!! Sorry no pictures as I followed the steps in the evening, the light was just not good enough for pics.

Boxy Overnight Bag pockets

The result – ta da…. would I make the bag again?? Well I suspect I will have to for my son!! I will make the handles longer but I am pleased with the size, and the shape held well with the fusible fleece. However in hindsight I would have found the process far easier if I had made it up for the sizes given first. The parts I found tricky was the maths for sizing up of the pattern.

Toilet Bag

To finish it off I made a co-ordinating toilet bag, lined with a shower curtain.

Boxy Overnight Bag & Toilet Bag

I hope you have had a productive week:) As usual I am off to check out fellow Handmade Harbour creative:)




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24 comments so far.

24 responses to “Boxy Overnight Bag”

  1. Bethany says:

    OH my goodness I love it!!!!!! That came out super!!!
    If I can get my act together I will certainly write a post for sizing up for an overnight bag. I might just have to make one for myself 🙂

  2. Sonia says:

    Wow that is really fantastic! I am very jealous of your talent!

  3. Wow that’s amazing. I couldn’t even begin something that complicated. I get in a tizz just turning on the sewing machine!

  4. I love those bags – just what I could do with for this summer for visiting! the fabric is really summery and cheery!

  5. Maria says:

    It looks gorgeous. Love your fabrics and what a cute matching pouch. I can’t wait to find some time to make one of these.

  6. Val says:

    Wow Vicki, you are one talented sewist! Great job on the bag, and what a good idea to line a toiletry bag with a shower curtain!

  7. gorgeous bag- love the fabric and size 🙂 tempted to try it myself now! have a good week x

  8. Emma T says:

    Great bag, and really nice pattern. Nice idea to have a smallish overnight bag. I only have huge ones (although I do have a huge toiletry bag)

  9. Wow, those bags are stunning.
    I like the idea of lining small bag with a shower curtain

  10. How clever is THAT??? I just love it!

  11. Josie says:

    Sew cute! A fantastic bag and your photos are also super x

  12. Aly says:

    Oh that is gorgeous! I’ve vowed to get a sewing machine for my birthday this year as I want to make my own clothes and upcycle charity shop finds.

  13. Cassandra says:

    This is beautiful!! Love the contrast handles and the idea to add a toilet bag too. Bag sewing can be so tricky with all the layers and you’ve done a great job! I always have trouble with the math part too 😉

  14. Tarana says:

    Love the print on this! It was a fantastic idea to make a matching toilet bag with it.

  15. It’s beautiful – her overnight bag will be the envy of all her friends, and its great that you made a little toiletry bag too.

  16. Love it!! I bet your daughter does too. The matching toilet bag is fab extra 🙂 x

  17. Oh that is so lovely! And how wonderful to make a matching toilet bag! Your daughter must have been so happy 🙂

  18. Bet your daughter loves them, Vicky. A fabulous matching set!!!

  19. Sandra :) says:

    Vicky! I saw your photo over @ Threading My Way and fell in love with your gorgeous bags! That fabric is just luscious, and you did such a beautiful job sewing them 🙂 Thank you for all the information you provided in your post – I’ve made a lot of zipper bags and a LOT of boxy bags, but I struggle with the math – it never seems to “click” for me 😀 I actually have an empty cookie box in my basement that I use sometimes to help me visualize the numbers, LOL. I’m off to check out the links you’ve posted, and am going to pin your post for future boxy bag reference (and inspiration) 🙂

  20. magda kruger says:

    Beautiful bags! I am going to try it soon.

  21. Sheri says:

    Wow, it turned out beautiful! I was looking at the tutorial as Sweet Bee Buzzings and saw you left your URL and I’m so glad you did so I could see your wonderful creation!

  22. Michelle says:


    Wow!! What an absolutely gorgeous set. The fabric is so pretty and this is such a lovely gift idea too.

    Thanks for sharing .

    Michelle :o)

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