Hanging Dopp Kit

Since a few people have asked about the status of my backpack pattern, I thought I would give a quick update. The process of getting the pattern ready and formatted is taking far longer than I expected. If I had known this from the beginning, I would have waited to make the announcement that I was releasing it. The good news is that I am making progress. The pattern itself and the instructions are finished, I am simply waiting on graphics and illustrations. Since I’m not a graphic artist or illustrator, I have to wait my turn to have these services completed.

I greatly appreciate the continued interest in the pattern. Trust me, I want to get it out as soon as I possibly can. Once I have an official release date, I will be posting about it. My goal is to offer a pdf. version (hopefully in more than one format so it can be printed at home or on a large format printer), and I also hope to offer a physical paper version as well.

On to other things…

cordura diy dopp kit

For over a year, my wife and I have been planning and saving for a trip to Europe, specifically Paris and Barcelona. We happen to be leaving this week, and I couldn’t be more excited! Due to the threat of a French air traffic controller strike (which they have now called off), we are also getting to see a little bit of London on a long layover before taking the train to France.

One of the things I needed for this trip and any travel in general is some kind of bag to hold all of my toiletries (toothpaste, contact solution, shampoo, etc.). Previously I carried everything in gallon sized plastic bags, which was less than ideal. The plastic bags would tear, sometimes they wouldn’t close, and they made organizing impossible.

Since I had some extra Cordura fabric and a free Saturday, I drew up a plan, made a quick pattern, and put this thing together. It was actually a little more complicated than that, but I’m happy with the result. The pockets are sized so that I can easily pull out my quart sized bag of liquids when going through security at an airport.

cordura diy dopp kit

Depending on my packing situation, the dopp kit can fold in half and snap shut, or it can unsnap and lay flat. Lots of toiletry type bags are big chunky brick-like bags. These are fine if you have a large suitcase, but trying to pack in a way that leaves a large enough place for that shape of bag can be challenging. This kit can lay across a suitcase if necessary to make packing easier.

cordura diy dopp kit

The back side has shallow sleeve pockets to hold flat things like bandages. Oh, and that nifty clip you see on the left side of the picture not only allows the kit to hang from a towel bar or loop around another object, but it also doubles as bottle opener! You know, for hotel beer. The company that makes that clip makes some other cool hardware that I have used on another bag (post to follow when I get home from my trip).

cordura diy dopp kit

As I mentioned above, I used 1000 denier Cordura nylon fabric, which is easy to clean and dries out quickly if it gets wet. I’m looking forward to testing this dopp kit out on the road!

12 Responses to “Hanging Dopp Kit”

  1. Reana Louise — April 15, 2015 @ 2:21 am

    It’s so practical and beautiful! Love the idea of being able to open it up for easier packing. πŸ˜€

  2. Ginger — April 16, 2015 @ 9:12 am

    It’s so gorgeous and so functional! Absolutely beautiful! I found myself in an AirBNB with no bottle opener just last week, so I definitely could’ve used a clip-turned-beer-opener! πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful time in Paris!!!!!

  3. Corey — April 17, 2015 @ 8:24 am

    Great bag and very practical. It beats those square bricks and using ziplock bags or even those clear plastic cheap bags with zips. The ability to hang it up in the washroom make even more practical. What is also nice with the fabric, when it gets dirty from use, you can just wash it. You should consider doing some research on travel bags like this and see if you could have your your design produced, and sold.

  4. Houseofpinheiro — April 19, 2015 @ 12:58 pm

    Practical is key and gosh this is perfect. Enjoy your trip to this side of the pond.

  5. Helen — April 20, 2015 @ 8:41 am

    This is great! Would gladly buy a pattern for this.

  6. Win — April 22, 2015 @ 3:11 pm

    Nice concept bag(s). Do I see zips on both front and back? Four zips?

    I’d like to see your pattern on this one.

  7. Bill — April 22, 2015 @ 4:17 pm

    That is a brilliant and beautiful solution for traveling today. Elegant and functional. I’ve had traditional Dopp kits, and they are impractical. The plastic bags become an eyesore and take up clutter surfaces. Your design is
    great. So glad you are giving your new bag a test run on a trip Paris. If you should consider offering the pattern for sale. I and I think many others would purchase it. The bag is practical for women and men.

  8. Cristina — April 25, 2015 @ 5:37 am

    Hi! I’m a silent follower of your blog and I live in Barcelona. If you still here, you should visit the flea market of ” Los Encantes”. They are every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and there you can found a lot of fabric at incredible prices! Not everything is good but you will definitely enjoy it!

    Enjoy you trip!


  9. Reyna Lay — May 9, 2015 @ 10:55 am

    This looks great! I’d definitely love to make this! Will u be posting a pattern for your followers? My husband is military and travels a lot so this would come very handy for his toiletries. Great job!Β 

  10. Hayley — August 14, 2015 @ 7:44 am

    I really hope you make a PDF available to purchase – this is exactly what I have been looking for on Etsy to no avail! I would like a bag that hangs, with two compartments (probably irrelevant to you, but I like one for makeup, one for cosmetics) and the opening out for packing part is genius! We have a trip to the States in October and are travelling very light, so this would be perfect. Feel free to email about pattern availability if you’d like.Β 

  11. Ying — October 10, 2015 @ 9:35 pm

    I’ve just been catching up on your blog, and goodness I love this hanging Dopp Kit! I hope you release a pattern soon–it’s both functional and aesthetically pleasing. πŸ™‚

  12. Taylor — October 12, 2015 @ 8:49 am

    Thank you! I’m not completely sure when I would release a pattern like this one. I hope to eventually, but might have some bigger bags in mind first πŸ™‚

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