Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Easiest Travel Storage Bags You'll Ever Make

I needed a few more travel bags for a recent trip, so I grabbed an old button down shirt, and whipped up a few bags that are suitable for packing all manner of bits and pieces while travelling. All up, I made seven bags - today I'll show you three of them.


Made with one of my old button down shirts, these bags took literally minutes to make - possibly the easiest project ever. 

First up, deconstruct a pre-loved button down shirt. For today's project, we are using just the front and back pieces.

    • Do up the buttons.
    • Decide on the finished size of each bag.
    • Decide where the button placket will sit on the finished bag.
    • Cut front of bag with the button placket. (Make sure buttons are well away from the seams).
    • Cut a corresponding piece from the back of the shirt. You can see that I haven't bothered with matching the direction of the stripes.
    • Undo the buttons.
    • With right sides together, sew around all four sides (top, bottom and two sides).
    • Neaten edges. 
    • Turn right side out.

    That's it - a quick and easy sew!!! The bags can be made in different sizes to suit the end purpose. The smaller the bags, the more you'll get from one shirt - or make one large bag.


    A woman's shirt, will most probably have darts in the front. As you can see, I didn't worry about avoiding the darts, resulting in the front of one bag being a little fuller than the back. For me, the bags are totally utilitarian - practical before pretty.

    Using a man's shirt will overcome the problem of darts, as well as most likely providing more fabric to play with.

    Upcycle a button down shirt and easily make a set of travel storage bags. Tutorial at Threading My Way

    As you can see from the photos, I used my new travel bags for storing cables, cords and chargers for electronic gadgets. They served the purpose very well!!!

    I'll be adding my new travel bags to both the Electronic Gadget Covers and the Reusing Shirts link parties, here at Threading My Way.

    How to you look after cables and cords when travelling? I have quite a collection, and filled all three bags.

    You might like to check out my travel storage bags made from pillowcases - another quick, practical project

    Stay tuned to see the rest of my travel bags made from the same shirt...

    ... Pam





    8 comments:

    1. This is a genius up-cycling idea!!!

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    2. I love the idea of having someone else stitch the closures, leaving me to do the simple stitching - HA! Welcome back from Retreat! Can't wait to see your finish posts :D

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    3. Loved this idea - thanks for sharing :)

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    4. I can usethose every day , thank you for a great idea ,,,

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    5. These would be easy to make for Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes too. Lots of small items would fit into the bags. I'd suggest reinforcing the buttons with Fray Chek (or similar) because kids in very poor countries might not be able to resew a button.

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