Picture of Recycled Sail Canvas Gym Bag
The following instructable details how to build your own gym/duffel bag.  The pattern is simple, and easy to make. I chose to create my gym bag because I had an old sail that I wanted to re-use the canvas from, and I was in need of a new gym bag for school.

This is my second time creating a duffel bag from this pattern, and I haven't had a problem with it to date.  The bags produced are able to take a beating, and still draw a lot of attention for their looks.  So what's their overall best feature? They cost about 5 bucks to make!

Step 1: Materials

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Since I create my duffel bags based on my needs, I use a random measurements in my pattern. In other words, I eyeball it.  The measurements in this 'ible are based on my preference, and you can modify them to produce a duffel bag of whatever size you need.


-An Old Sail, or some form of sturdy material.  I would highly recommend using canvas for this project, as it is a sturdy and durable material.

-A Carpenter's Square, or some form of measuring tape.  A square will pay off when you need to trace out rectangular shapes!

-A Circular Object, I used a mixing bowl, this will be used to create the patterns for the two circular ends of your bag!

-A Zipper, its length is dependent on how long you want your bag to be.

-D-Rings if you are planning on making a bag with a shoulder strap

-Optional: Material for the handles I just used sailcloth

hde souza11 year ago
Thank you heaps for sharing!

I just decided to make a gym bag. This is exactly what I was looking for! I'll be making this one weekend soon.

geo526468 (author)  Syd0the0kid1 year ago

Post a pic when you finish it!

That is a very fancy bag - great job! :D

geo526468 (author)  jessyratfink1 year ago


Mrballeng1 year ago

you are my hero