Retro Travel Bag Tutorial for Riley Blake

TERMS OF USE: This pattern is offered for free with the understanding that my readers will use it for personal use only.  If you would like to sell Retro Travel Bags, please purchase a pattern here.   You may not sell or distribute copies of this pattern to others; instead, please refer others who are interested in this pattern to my blog so they can download it for themselves. Questions? Please feel free to email me. I have already happily made exceptions for charity, but please ask first.


UPDATE: You can now purchase a PDF version of this pattern complete with additional photos, tips, instructions and cutting layouts. Click here to order

Today I’m sharing the tutorial for this retro inspired travel bag over at the Riley Blake Designs as part of their design team.

I guess all the time I’ve spent on airplanes the last 4 months has finally gotten to me, as I think I dream of retro airline travel bags.

This bag was inspired by them.

I love it… I’ll admit I’m a bit smitten… as was my 16 year old daughter, since she stole it as soon as I finished it.

Click here for the tutorial! 


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Melissa Mortenson is the author of the Polka Dot Chair blog which is in its 7th year of sharing fresh and creative ideas with readers. She is the author of “Project Teen, Handmade Gifts your Teen will Actually Love”. Her first fabric line “Derby Style” debuted in January 2015 through Riley Blake Designs. A mom of 3, she considers herself lucky to be living in Kentucky.


  1. says

    @Melissa Mortenson
    Very nice. This is my first comment on your blog. Professionally, I’m in different industry. But, I love to read different sewing patterns and tutorials which help me to draft unique piece for me. I’m quite eager to read future post on attractive sewing projects! BTW thanks for sharing.

  2. says

    I love this bag! I left a comment on the tutorial but thought I’d try here too. I’m working on sewing the bag today but I don’t see the seam allowances. I was thinking 1/4″ but thought they might need to be bigger given that it’s a bag. Would appreciate the information, thanks!

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