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Sew a Volunteer Pack

Sew a Volunteer Pack from something you have in your fabric stash quickly to gift to volunteer or key worker. New YouTube Sewalong.

This is part of my new series of free quick sews to keep you entertained and will hopefully be of use in our current unexpected situation.volunteer pack

I’ve designed this bag as a beginner friendly bag that can be sewn up really quickly and given as a gift to volunteers and key workers across our countries to carry their phone, keys, face mask, hand sanitiser and other essentials, while they are out and about giving their time selflessly to others.


You can make it as a cross-body bag or as a grab bag with a short handle to use as an emergency or first aid pack. Great for men or women, even for kids.


A quick and easy sew suitable for beginners.

A top zip fastening with the easiest insertion method ever


Finished bag approx 9 x 7”

Seam allowance is 1cm (3/8”) unless otherwise stated

Pattern pieces:

3 rectangles of fabric 9.5 x 11.5” for body and pocket

2 x Zip tabs 1.5x 3”

1 strip 4 x 53” for a cross body strap or 4 x 15” for a grab bag


If you want to make a removable and adjustable strap see my tutorial here:


Purchase the ready made cross body straps in the video here: https://www.spencerogg.com/product/pu-leather-long-cross-body-strap-3-4-adjustable-three-colours/

For patterns and Hardware visit my shop at: https://www.spencerogg.com

Click here to watch the YouTube sewalong tutorial

volunteer pack YT card

So its part of my 30 minute makes series and super beginner friendly and therefore it is unlined to keep it as quick and simple as possible.

If you are looking for more intermediate structured line bags, do check out the numerous patterns I have available on my web site at www.spencerogg.com

Join my Facebook sewing board and share your Volunteer Pack photos: https://www.facebook.com/groups/170115107145604/

Or post to Instagram and tag with #volunteerpack


Feel free to share this tutorial to anyone you know who sews.

And as usual – please follow and subscribe:@SpencerOgg



Cordura fabric: UK link: https://amzn.to/3aCfNyj 

Cordura fabric: US Link: https://amzn.to/2R3PJUQ

Sew on labels: https://www.facebook.com/drumraedesigns/

Sewing theme Ipad stand: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/cozereader


UK Amazon Links

I’m using a Janome Atelier 7 sewing maching: https://amzn.to/2ppAsDl

This is the stiletto I use in my videos: https://amzn.to/2qU3RpF

Or there is a straight version here: https://amzn.to/2NUeP7i

Green Grizzly Rivet Press: https://amzn.to/37Ur4YK

Hump jumper/Bulky Seam Aid Hemline: https://amzn.to/353d4KM

Or Dritz: https://amzn.to/37dHr32

Wonderclips: https://amzn.to/32RFyFV

or economical version: https://amzn.to/2KrvBZz

Morphy Richards Jet Steam Generator Iron: https://amzn.to/35DphFV

Prym Magnetic seam guide: https://amzn.to/2qVVEkE

Gutermann Thread: Sew-All: https://amzn.to/2qXl0yJ

Schmetz Sewing Machine Needles Universal Size 90/14 Regular: https://amzn.to/2QkRPQN

Schmetz Sewing Machine Needles Universal Size 100/16 Regular: https://amzn.to/2CMptqn




  • Michelle Park
    April 7, 2020

    Is there instruction for lining the ‘Volunteer Pack’ thanks?

      • Mea Cadwell
        January 2, 2021

        I just came across this and would like to make this bag but can’t get to these instructions as I don’t do Facebook. Are the instructions located anywhere else? Thank you for your time.

  • Bonnie Sibert
    April 27, 2020

    where in your post is the directions for a lining in your volunteer bag

  • Alison Williams
    September 27, 2020

    Is there an actual pattern to print out plz

  • Carol Sanders
    April 20, 2023

    I love my small Volunteer Pack that made for my self, and have decided I would like to make the size of the bag into a small “backpack” for my 2 year old grandaughter. Do you have any “backpack” suggestions that would accommodate with with the Volunteer Pack? Thank you, keep up the creative sewing!


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