Daytripper PDF Pattern


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  • 32 page full color tutorial with photos
  • 17 pages of computer generated pattern pieces (8 pattern pieces total, must be printed and taped together)
  • Detailed construction and zipper instructions
  • This is a PDF Sewing Pattern. You must be able to open and print a PDF file.
  • A download link will be provided after purchase
  • Sorry, no refunds on digital products.
  • Instructions to make the “mini” purse-sized version can be found here.

I originally designed it to be a theme-park or train bag. I specifically made it for the auto show. You know, one of those carry everything you need for the whole day kind of things. Your water bottle, jacket, a book… things you may not need in your every day purse but when taking an extra tote to leave in the car isn’t an option. I discovered, that even half-full, I totally use this bag as an every day purse! It’s big but it’s not *too big* meaning it’s about messenger bag size. Whether I have it stuffed (and you can really stuff it!) or not, it’s perfect! Also, I use this as my “personal item” for the plane and since it is still a purse!

It features a back zipper (fully lined) and a top, zippered gusset. The back zipper is perfect for boarding passes, an Essential Wristlet, an iPad, a Kindle – anything you want very accessible but completely secure.

The front slip pockets are specifically designed to keep phone and keys accessible. The inside features the zippered gusset and a full length pocket on one side. I’ve left the other side without a pocket you so you can customize it!

I’ve given extra structure to the bottom of the bag and included instructions for an optional bag base sleeve.

Read the blog post introducing the Daytripper here and a post about interfacing the Daytripper here

Main fabric: 1 1/2 yards
Lining fabric: 1 1/4 yards
20” woven fusible interfacing: 4 yards (Recommended: Pellon SF-101)
20” heavyweight sew-in interfacing: 1 1/4 yards (Recommended: Pellon 50)
Batting: 1 yard (Recommended: Pellon 988)
Extra firm/heavy interfacing: 8″ x 4″ (Recommended: Peltex)
Hardware: 1.5” Adjustable slider & rectangle ring
Back zip: 18” or longer nylon zipper (I highly recommend YKK long pull purse zips.)
Top zip: 16” or longer nylon zipper
Size 90/14 Microtex/Sharp needles (Try a denim needle if you have trouble.)
Hand sewing needle
Matching thread
Rotary cutter & mat are extremely helpful
Sharp scissors to trim away batting and interfacing
Walking foot highly recommended
Seam gauge helpful

This bag has a zipper closure, a zippered back pocket, a divided outside pocket and  a divided inside pocket.

16” wide at widest point, 4” deep on the bottom, 10” tall
12” wide and 2.5” deep at top with a 30” to 56” adjustable strap
Fits an iPad in the back pocket!

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by Lucy Baker on
Great bag - it's huge!

This is the second pattern I've bought from you and I love it. I made one yesterday and it's so big and roomy, what a great daybag. Again, the instructions are wonderful and so detailed. This bag have some great features like zips and lots of pockets! Am just ordering some more zips so I can make another.
I love your patterns and will be back again soon to try another! Thanks so much especially for the great instructions and the step-by-step photos. A super bag!

by Joan on

I made the mini & absolutely love it! I'm going to make another soon. (I have to order my zippers first) I'm still debating which size to make this time.

by Diane DeLille on
Daytripper Bag

Five stars isn't enough for this bag! I fell in love with this bag because of all the storage in it-a large zip outside pocket, 2 large pockets on the outside and oodles of pockets on the inside. Now I can put my kindle in the bag and my lunch. I eliminated taking a purse and a tote to work. I love the long strap so it can be used also as a crossbody bag. I have never seen such wonderful directions with loads of pictures. I never got frustrated making the bag because of this. I love being able to use large scale prints with this bag. I get so many compliments on this bag. I will definitely make it again and buy patterns on this site. Dog under Desk bags are very unique and creative. Thank you for such a wonderful pattern!

by Michelle on
Gotta Love It!

I bought this pattern some time ago. I kept saying I'd make it and then something would come be honest, I think I was chicken to make it! Well, I kept doing Erin's other patterns. I did the Essential Wristlet, the Zip and Go, Bigger on the Inside, Date Night, Arm Candy, etc. Finally I decided to tackle the Daytripper. I want the mini version but decided to do the regular size too. Wow, what a big bag! This bag will be great for travel. It definitely isn't for every day for me since I don't carry that much with me at once, but I'm going to love it for travel or going places where I know my kids and husband will keep handing me things to "put in my purse" for a while! I'm just so excited that I got through the pattern! It was VERY well written, and I was able to follow it without a problem. I'm glad I did some of Erin's other patterns first, because it gave me some experience before tackling this. I'm definitely going to make the mini version in the future! This is a great purse!

by Cathy Lacewell on
Superb pattern!!

I have been sewing for over 35 years, so when I say this is the most well-written pattern I've seen to date, that is really saying something. You left nothing to chance, Erin! This bag turned out gorgeous and the compliments keep coming! I made the mini version also and use it daily. Might I suggest one tiny little change? When assembling the adjustable strap, loop it so that the end of the strap is on the inside when you do the final stitching. It is more comfortable on the shoulder that way and does not change the design at all.

by Jen on
Fantastic!!! Well written

I made the smaller version, and use this is my carry all for everyday use purse. I love love love it! I have a 2yo, in diapers and am able to carry a few dipes & wipes for quick trips as well.

I own a small business and have had multiple requests to start selling these. The day tripper is such a great bag!

My next project, the full size. Can't wait!!

The pattern was so well written!!! I tend to be overly hesitant when purchasing patterns, you don't always know what you're going to get. This was amazing, so detailed! It's excellent!

On my way to purchasing the new "make me up before you go go" and "essential wristlet" now!!

by Dyan on
Awesome Pattern

I purchased your Daytripper pattern about a week ago, and I had to let you know...." I LOVE IT !!"

I always hesitate when buying a pattern from someone that I haven't used before because I consider myself 'pattern challenged'. I need that extra explanation of a step and pictures. I struggle with a written pattern with a couple of cartoon drawings. But I loved the look of your bag so much, I wanted to try it. Your pattern was very detailed, and lots of great pictures for every step. There was not one part of it that I had to stop and say What? Wait a minute. What do I do? I thoroughly enjoyed making this bag, and I'm already on the hunt for the perfect fabric to make another.

Highly recommend this pattern to anyone that struggles on the conventional patterns. Erin explains each step in great detail, it was a joy to sew.

Thank you so much for an awesome pattern...can't wait to see what you come out with next!

by Natasha Nicholes on
Daytripper I'm Thinking of You

Love this bag, love the construction, love the size.

So far, I've made two of these bags, and I'm working on my third. There are a couple of changes that I made, more out of sheer laziness and not because any of the instructions were horrible.

I didn't have two matching regular weight cotton fabric sets, so I used home decor for the outer fabric and a quilting cotton lining.

I didn't use the fusible interfacing on any of the outer fabric (except the strap) and also used thermoflam for the batting because it was what I had on hand, and it was fusible. Again, I'm a bit of a lazy sewist. I fully embrace it.

The bag sewed up like a dream, I have a Brother Project Runway special edition machine, and had no trouble with the stitching, even with so many layers of fabric to stitch together.

Making the fully lined, zippered back pocket made me nervous until I read the instructions. They were super easy to follow, and the addition of the very clear photos that Erin included were icing on the cake.

I love all of the pockets included, and the variations that she suggests in the pattern.

I do like that even though there are several pattern pieces, it doesn't feel as if I'm cutting and interfacing forever. Sewing one of these takes me a little over two hours, and then there's satisfaction.

I would totally recommend this to an advanced beginner, since there are no real tricky things that a sewist hasn't handled before, and the instructions are clear.

by Shelley Fields on
My Daytripper

I could not pass up my review of this pattern. The pattern instructions are great and very thorough. I followed each step carefully and made one customization to the other side of the interior as the designer indicated. I added an interior zippered pocket for additional storage space (as if it didn't have enough). On the exterior front pocket, I added a rivet as a decorative effect.

This bag has lots of room but not overly large and could easily be used as a hip diaper bag for that fashionable mom on the go. I've taking this bag everywhere since I've made it and received lots of compliments. The strap can also be adjusted for carrying as a cross-body bag which came in handy at times.

I've used two different interfacings:

-Peltex 71F for the exterior. I trimmed the seam allowance for the Peltex to help minimize bulk which helped a lot. The bag exterior turned out firm but not hard.

-Shape-Flex SF101 for the interior. The fabric was already a nice heavy weight material but this interfacing helped to provide a little more stability for me.

You might think this bag was hard as a brick with all the interfacing but it actually had a nice feel for me. I was able to sew this on my regular sewing machine (JUKI F600) and didn't have to use my industrial machine at all.

She offers interfacing suggestions so you might want to chose what works for you and the feel of the bag you're looking for. Her tips helped out a lot!

Pros: Roomy, lots of pockets, functional, looks and feels amazing. This is definitely a great travel purse.

Cons: NONE!

I've made a lot of bags but this bag turned out to be my ultimate favorite thus far. The designer's goal is "to make sure that you come out with a great bag and a successful and happy bag making experience..." and she did just that! I'm looking forward to making the mini version.