Free PDF Pattern | Retro Overnight Bag | by The Crafty Kitty

Free PDF Pattern | Retro Overnight Bag | by The Crafty Kitty

We are super proud of this new and very adorable overnight bag {free PDF pattern} by Stephanie of The Crafty Kitty featuring the newest Birch Organic line, Serengeti by Jay-Cyn Designs! Sleepovers and weekenders will be a breeze! Well hey, there might be some safari animals lurking close by and your little explorer will have the perfect bag to stow everything needed for a journey through vast wilderness of Africa – even if that might be just in the back yard!

This retro overnight bag is inspired by vintage bowling ball bags and features bright and colorful modern prints from the Serengeti range.

It is quilted and features (optional) contrast piping and a double zip opening and 2 pockets. Plenty of room for all the overnight essentials including your child’s favorite stuffed toy.


  • 1/2 yard each of: giraffe family sun, quill stripe multi, the herd teal, pebble stripe multi 
  • Wadding/batting 
  • Heavy duty interfacing
  • 2 x 22″ zippers*
  • 1 x 16″ zipper* 
  • Retro Overnight Bag PDF Pattern

*zippers are slightly longer than needed. line up and cut excess zipper off after sewing in place.


  • 120″ piping 
  • Small piece of velcro or 2 snaps 

Instructions are also available to download in pdf format


  • Cut out all pattern pieces and make piping if using home made. 
  • Cut base piece from heavy duty interfacing and baste to wrong side of interior base. 
  • Cut all interior pieces (not interior pocket) and 1 strap from wadding/batting also and baste to wrong side of interior pieces plus 1 strap piece. 


Seams are 1/2″ unless otherwise stated.


Step 1
Sew along top edge of interior pocket right sides facing (RSF).

Step 2
Press wrong sides facing (WSF) and sew a line of top stitching 1/4″ from top edge.

Step 3
Insert elastic securing with a line of stitching either end 1/4″ from edge.

Step 4
Baste pocket at sides and base to one of the interior main panel.

Step 5
Sew base to two main interior panels, start and stop 1/2″ from top of base, and set aside.

Exterior of Bag 

Step 1
Sew the pocket (side and base) (RSF) leaving 1/4″ seam allowance from top and press the front of the pocket seam allowance to wrong side.

Step 2
Swap to using a zipper foot for your sewing machine. Place the top edge of the zipper lined up with the top of the pocket with the right side of the zipper facing up. Place the longer raw edge of the upper front right side facing the zipper and lined up against the top edge of the pocket. Sew in place.

Step 3
Turn over and line up the front of the pocket with the zipper and the lower front and sew the bottom edge of the zipper.

Step 4
Baste the pocket along the sides and base 1/4″ from edge.

If you are using piping then baste around the main panels 3/8″ from the edge.

If you are planning on using a velcro closure then sew it in place now 1/2″ from the top of one end of the base piece.

Step 5
Sew base to main exterior panels.


Step 1
Sew the two strap pieces along the long edges RSF.

Step 2
Turn the strap right side out and top stitch close to edge.


Step 1
Pin the zipper left hand side RSF the right side of the flap and the second zipper right side RSF the left side of the flap. Place both zippers’ stops 1″ from the short edge of the flap and stitch the ends in place.

Step 2
Pin the zippers in place between the interior and exterior flap pieces (RSF) and sew all the way around the flap leaving the bottom edge open.
Turn right side out.

Sew velcro to interior or add snaps on the top edge. 

Assembling bag 

Step 1
Turn exterior of bag inside out.
Sew other side of flap zippers in place on the exterior. start at the top of 1 zipper, sew along the short edge of the flap, joining it to the bag exterior and sew up the other zipper finishing at the top.

Step 2
Turn exterior right side out. Put exterior of bag inside interior (RSF)
Sew all the way around the edge leaving a gap for turning along the edge where the zippers end. Turn bag right side out and put interior inside. Close the opening with a blind or whipstitch.

Step 4
Sew straps in place.

Add snaps to main bag if using.

Thanks so much for reading along! Happy sewing lovelies! xo

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Comments (16)

  • Natasha

    This is so gorgeous! REALLY love it! 🙂

    January 21, 2015 at 9:04 pm
  • Patti

    Love this! Just wish I was able to download the pattern 🙁
    (I've tried everything and I can't seem to check out after adding the pattern to my cart and filling in all the required info on The Crafty Kitty's site.)

    January 21, 2015 at 9:33 pm
  • tunce

    Same here…filled the required cells and still got an error message "please provide public token" – no idea what it is…

    January 21, 2015 at 9:58 pm
  • Sarah Darrow

    I'm having the same problem. I'm very bummed as this looks like a really cute bag!

    January 21, 2015 at 10:39 pm
  • Kathlyn

    That's what I get too! :/

    January 21, 2015 at 11:01 pm
  • Svannah Morse

    I hope everyone tried again. I was able to download the pattern.

    January 22, 2015 at 6:05 am
  • Danielle Raichel

    It worked for me. IF you use the first link provided in this blog post, you go to krafty kitty's site and "purchase' it. though it is free, you enter in your info, then after you "purchase is complete" you can download all the documents in PDF form. I hope that helps? 🙂

    January 22, 2015 at 7:35 am
  • Birch Fabrics

    Hi Everyone! You must fill out the form in the checkout process to receive the pattern. You will not be charged because the pattern is free! 🙂

    January 22, 2015 at 5:55 pm
  • Kristy

    What a great bag! Thanks for the tutorial! Would be perfect to sew for my foster care closet to be provided for children as they come into care.

    January 23, 2015 at 9:21 pm
  • Chelle

    LOVE this bag & it is going to look GREAT stuffed w/ hand made "STUFF" for my Granddaughter!! Thanks SEW much Crafty Kitty for this Awesome pattern!!!

    January 26, 2015 at 5:13 pm
  • Svannah Morse

    FYI******* I just started the piping process and 60" is not enough. I bought 2 yards just to make sure and it barely covered once side of the bag. 🙁

    I'm hoping I have enough from another project to complete the other side of the bag.

    February 1, 2015 at 9:56 pm
  • Birch Fabrics

    I'm so sorry svannah! I think the piping calculation was the last bit of the pattern and when i took the circumference of the main panel pattern piece I must have doubled rather than quadrupled it! Will adjust it now!

    February 2, 2015 at 11:29 am
  • Valerie Zagami

    Thank you. Great pattern to try. Nice of you to offer free.

    February 15, 2015 at 3:07 am
  • Elsa

    Sweet pattern ~ thanks so much!

    March 7, 2015 at 2:02 pm
  • Sewing Shop

    Great bag, it looks super useful! Thanks for making this free pattern and tutorial!
    This post is featured on my blog today, click here if you'd like to see it.

    July 24, 2015 at 11:30 am

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