Make Your Own: Stuff Sack Pattern

I am so excited to finally be ready to share with you my first sewing pattern for one of my favorite things to make and use – Stuff Sacks.

I was inspired by the stuff sacks used by campers and backpackers to keep stuff organized in a backpack. I use one stuff sack to carry my Canon Rebel camera, and another one to store my acrylic paints – 14 bottles. I use another one for a lunch bag on the days I’m on campus. These stuff sacks are also great for gathering treasures along the trail, fallen leaves, pinecones, acorns, a piece of sea glass or a unique fossil. You could use one for your knitting or embroidery project. The possibilities are endless!

Pattern includes instructions for three sizes, for sale for $10.00.

*Includes instructions on how to make your own piping.

You may purchase it here:

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They are PDF-to-print, so you don’t have to pay for shipping costs, printing costs, or wait for delivery via snail mail. They will be delivered to your email address as an Adobe PDF file format.

I have also created a page at the top of my blog called Patterns as a central place to feature my patterns and share links to all the places they will be available for download.

I will be listing them in my Etsy shop under the new Printable Patterns section.

You can also purchase them from my new pattern store on Craftsy.

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One last place to find them – at Big Cartel.

Personally, I love these bags, so I hope you will too. Stay tuned for more patterns coming soon. Thanks for stopping by!

PS – If you buy a pattern, I would love it if you share a photo of your project in the Flickr group I created: Patchwork Trails Patterns. Thank you!


  • YAY YAY YAY!! The pattern looks wonderful! I can’t wait to make one 🙂

  • That’s a really nice-looking design! I love bags like that, so if I can get the money, I think I might buy that pattern and make some!

  • I was *just* looking for a sack pattern this morning and didn’t see anything I loved. I’m glad I ran into your post (from Amandajean’s site). Does this sack have any inside pockets and if not, do you think it’s something I could add in without too much trouble? I’m thinking I could use your pattern for the basic bag and just sew some onto the lining before assembly. Do you think that would work?

    • Thanks for your interest in my Stuff Sack sewing pattern, Kathy! The pattern doesn’t call for inside pockets, but, in my opinion, you could easily add them to the lining before assembly.

      Here’s what I would recommend for adding pockets:
      For the large size stuff sack, cut two pieces of fabric 6.5 inches tall by 5.5 inches wide. Lay right sides together, and sew all the way around, leaving an opening for turning. Turn right side out. Finger-press the seam allowance at the opening so it lays flat inside the pocket. Top stitch along the top of the pocket for a nice flat edge. Center the pocket onto the lining, pin on sides and bottom, and sew the pocket to the lining before sewing the lining and outer fabrics together. You could add two inside pockets, evenly spaced, so they are across from each other inside the sack.
      For the medium stuff sack, I would recommend cutting the pocket fabrics 5.5 inches tall by 4.5 inches wide.
      For the small stuff sack, I would recommend cutting the pocket fabrics 4.5 inches tall by 3.5 inches wide.

      I hope that is helpful to you.


  • Thanks so much, Terri! I’ve always been intimidated by sewing anything with a circle, but I’m going to give this a try. I plan to use it to keep my running “stuff” in — iPod, ear buds, watch, keys, phone (thus the need for the pockets, for the small items) with the main middle section for a small towel, water bottle, etc. I just ordered the PDF and I can’t wait to try one this weekend!

    • Thanks great to hear, Kathy! I love your idea for using this stuff sack.One piece of advice on sewing your first circles – lots and lots of pins (I used about 12-16 when pinning the circle to the body) and go slow.Feel free to email me if you need help or have additional questions! And have fun with it.

  • Congratulations!! I’m so excited for you! I wish you the best of luck with your first pattern:)

  • Congrats! This is great! I love this so much. had to have it. Just bought it! Well done!

  • Terrific pattern Terri! Glad to see you are now selling your patterns. Good luck with your new venture!

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  • I’m so excited for you and your stepping out into the pattern marketplace – I’m also excited for me as I’ll be able to make some of the things I don’t yet have the know-how to. Congratulations my friend – I wish you every success and then some 😉

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  • Terri – Just wanted to let you know that I made my first “stuff sack” and posted about it on my blog today. I linked back to you 🙂

  • Yay! I am so happy you are starting to make and sell your own patterns. I need to go join the Flickr group asap!!!

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  • Just made one of these…put up a photo on your photo stream. So cute and so easy, just an hour or so to make. Thanks!

    • That’s awesome, Colleen! I love the way you put the stripes as the height of the sack. Thanks so much for sharing your photo. And thank you for buying my pattern. It makes me so happy to hear you liked it 🙂

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