*TUTORIAL* The Ultimate Voyager’s ADVENTURE Satchel

by Kelsey Norwood

in Children,Patterns,Tutorials

My boys are always grabbing armfuls of toys as we walk out the door to run errands or do whatever running around we have to do (way too often these days), and instead of continuing to have their stuff strewn about the car, they each just needed a little bag.

They like to call it their… ADVENTURE SATCHEL!!

They love the word “satchel”.

For road trips or every day errand running, kids need their own little grab bag and this one is really easy to make.

I used scraps of some Riley Blake fabric, Pirates and Chevron and a little bit of bright blue nylon strapping.

It’s just the right size for toys with a nice big front pocket and a flap to keep everything tucked inside.

And here’s how to make one:



  • Lining
    • 2 – 9″ x 9″
    • 1 – 5″ x 26.25″
  • Exterior
    • 2 – 9″ x 9″
    • 1 – 5″ x 26.25″
    • 1 – 9″ x 7.5″ on left side and 6″ on the other (if you want slanted, 1 – 9″ x 6″ for straight across)
  • Front Pocket Flap
    • 3 (1 interior, 1 exterior, 1 interfacing) – 9″ x 11″
  • Interfacing
    • 2 – 9″ x 9″
    • 1 – 5″ x 26.25″
  • Strap
    • 1 – 33″ length of nylon strapping

Finish the top edge of the slanty pocket with some bias tape.

Lay the pocket piece on top of the exterior front piece and baste around the edges.

Sew the exterior gusset piece to the exterior front piece. Match up the centers first and pin out and around the sides from there. Use lots of pins around the corners.

Notch the seam allowances around the corners and sew the back piece to the other side of the gusset to complete the exterior portion of the bag.

(Switching colors now…the red/white chevron is the interior portion of the bag)

Baste the interfacing to the interior pieces and sew them together the same way you did the exterior pieces BUT leave a 3″ opening along the bottom edge of the interior portion of the bag (for turning).

Sew the front flap pocket together – layer the front and back pocket pieces right sides together and lay the interfacing piece on top. Sew around the two long edges and the one short edge (with the curved corners) and turn right sides out. Press.

Pin the front flap pocket to the back of the exterior bag piece, right sides together.

Pin the shoulder strap piece to the center of the sides of the exterior bag portion.

Stuff the exterior bag (with the pocket flap and strap pieces pinned as in the last step) into the interior bag, right sides together. The interior bag will be on the outside with the interfacing showing.

Sew a 1/4″ seam around the top edge of the bag, decreasing stitch length when going over the shoulder straps.

Turn the bag right side out through the hole in the interior portion, stuff the interior inside the exterior, press the top edge, and edge stitch all the way around.

Fill that bag with treasures and set out to have an adventure!

{ 1 comment }

1 sheila oxley February 18, 2013 at 10:37 am

I love this idea! My son was the same way when he was little and a bag was the best thing for him. He was entertained in the restaurants and places we had to wait too long for a little one to hold his attention otherwise. This is a wonderful design and I love the pattern you used!!!

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