Weekend Duffle in Denim was Perfect for my Son’s Gym Bag

Weekender-GymBag_RobertKaufmanDenimDon’t you find it’s always harder to make items for men? I mean, women can always use one more purse, or cosmetic bag, or eye glass case, or coin purse. And I have to be honest and say I find the majority of fabric tends to the more “female” side of the fashion spectrum.

So when I saw this Weekender Duffle pattern by Purl Soho and the fabric they had done their samples in, I knew it could be the answer to my younger son hinting that it was his turn for a bag.

It’s an unlined bag, with 2 large exterior pockets that were easy to apply. The PDF pattern is a bit pricey –  $15 U.S. There are lots of pictures and it’s not a terribly difficult sew, which is good because some of the steps could have used more explanation.


The instructions called for two rows of zig zag on the seam where the zipper was going to be added, but without width or length. As you can see from the picture at the left I totally misjudged the width, which is why you can see some of the zig zag beyond the zipper.

I used a medium weight denim we carry in the store by Robert Kaufman.

I added two interior pockets (not in the pattern) for my son’s gym lock and stuff, but when I make it again I’m going to put the pockets on the outside ends. His running shoes take up a lot of room! Plus I think I’ll try lining it as well.

The size is also perfect for an overnight stay as well – I’ve already had a few requests!

Weekender-GymBag_RobertKaufman Denim

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