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.
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
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
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
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
April 7, 2020
Is there instruction for lining the ‘Volunteer Pack’ thanks?
April 7, 2020
Head over to my Facebook group, there are instructions on a post already in there: https://www.facebook.com/groups/170115107145604/
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.
January 2, 2021
The instructions and measurements are all in the video Mea, you don’t need to be on Facebook, just click on the video in the blog post or copy and paste: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfLAcZ4FtKI&feature=youtu.be
April 27, 2020
where in your post is the directions for a lining in your volunteer bag
April 27, 2020
As highlighted above, this is part of my free 30 minute makes series and super beginner friendly and therefore it is unlined to keep it as quick and simple as possible.
One of my members has kindly added a file in my Facebook group however on lining this item, so you can head there to view it. https://www.facebook.com/groups/spencerogg/
September 27, 2020
Is there an actual pattern to print out plz
September 28, 2020
All the measurements for this free sewalong are in the video Alison https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfLAcZ4FtKI&t=2s
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!
April 21, 2023
Hi Carol. You can definitely add backpack straps to it, it works well. I also have two specific backpack patterns – take a look at the Luxe Sac and the Switch on the website 🙂