Porter Duffle

Your Journey, Your Perfect One-Bag.

Ranger rolls, packing cubes, or just toss it all in. No matter how you pack, Porter Duffle has your back.

  • Versatile Sewing Pattern: Create an iconic expedition style duffle bag that easily transitions from a traditional duffle to a comfortable backpack, providing unmatched versatility for your adventure travels
  • Effortless Accessibility: Follow our detailed instructions to incorporate a large u-shaped zipper opening and mesh lid pocket, ensuring quick and hassle-free access to all your gear
  • Built to Endure: Construct your bag using our recommended technical fabrics, carefully selected for their durability and ability to withstand challenging outdoor conditions
  • Ample Storage Capacity: Our comprehensive instructions and measurements allow you to sew a bag with generous storage space, either 35L or 45L, accommodating all your essentials for any journey
  • Stay Travel-Ready: Compliant with US Airline Carry-On Restrictions, our Porter 35 ensures hassle-free travel by meeting industry standards
  • Sleek and Stylish Design: With step-by-step instructions and helpful illustrations, you'll be able to create a bag that not only performs well but also reflects your personal style and adventurous spirit
  • Save Money and Reduce Waste: Say goodbye to trial and error and save valuable time by relying on our meticulously crafted sewing pattern, designed to streamline your sewing process

Bag Size

The Porter Duffle Sewing Pattern includes two practical sizes: 35 liters and 45 liters. Whether you're embarking on a weekend hiking trip or an extended urban excursion, our pattern has the perfect size to accommodate your gear. Choose the 35-liter option for an airline compliant lightweight carry-on or opt for the 45-liter version to pack everything you need for longer expeditions.

  • Porter 35 is approximately 22 x 13 x 8.5 inches (56 x 33 x 21.5 cm)
  • Porter 45 is approximately 25 x 13 x 9.5 inches (63.5 x 33 x 24 cm)

Sewing Skill Level - Intermediate to Advanced

Porter Duffle is a large sewing project similar to making an ultralight backpack. Make every inch count with our cut layout, precise instructions, and recommended materials. Depending on material choices and sewing experience, Porter Duffle may be difficult to sew on light duty domestic sewing matchines. While the instructions detail every step, familiarity with sewing terms and construction techniques is expected.
🥺 Not quite ready to tackle Porter Duffle? Check out my free U-Zip Bag pattern to learn the U-Shaped Zipper technique before graduating to the Porter Duffle.

Digital Sewing Pattern

  • New in Nov 2023 - Comprehensive step-by-step sewing instructions with detailed illustrations
  • Cut layout, material yardages, and hardware list included in the instructions
  • Two sizes included: Porter 35 and Porter 45
  • Backpack-quality removeable Shoulder Strap pattern
  • Multiple PDF paper sizes for printing convenience
    • Print at home on 8.5x11 inch Letter or A4 sized paper
    • Print at office on 11x17 inch tabloid or A3 sized paper
    • Print at copy shop on one 36x48 inch or A0 sized sheet
  • Seam allowances included for all pattern panels and sizes

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Materials and Fabrics

Follow our tested Porter Duffle sewing pattern to save money by creating your own gear companion. With precise instructions, you can maximize the use of expensive technical fabric, minimizing waste and ensuring every inch counts. Say goodbye to trial and error and save valuable time by relying on our meticulously crafted sewing pattern, designed to streamline your sewing process. Enjoy the satisfaction of making your own gear while customizing your Porter Duffle to fit your unique style and needs.

The pattern instructions includes a comprehensive shopping list for all necessary hardware, fabric yardage, and webbing seen in my builds.
See Technical Fabrics for more options and details about pack fabrics and foam.

Material Samples

Material Description Links
Shell Fabric ECOPAC EPX200 recycled laminated pack fabric, ~1.5 yd Ripstop by the Roll logo
U-Shaped Zipper YKK #8 nylon coil continuous tape with dual sliders Ripstop by the Roll logo
Lid Binding Nylon herringbone binding tape (Quest Outfitters #2029), 3/4" wide Quest Outfitters
Shoulder Strap Foam 1/4" (6mm) closed cell foam e.g. EVA foam Amazon logo
Shoulder Strap Keeper Woojin Plastics Double Gate Keeper, 25mm
Woojin Plastic Gate Keeper, 25mm
Mozet Supplies logo
Ripstop by the Roll logo

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Suggested needle and thread pairing

  • 🪡 Microtex size 90/14 or 100/16
  • 🧵 Gutermann MARA 70 - Tex 40 polyester thread
Ripstop by the Roll
Mozet Supplies
Quest Outfitters

Additional Resources

Sewalong: Tips, tricks and detailed construction