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Projects & Tips For Traveling: {Cases, Organizers & More}

Here’s a bunch of assorted accessories and organizers you can make for traveling, I’ve also included a handful of Good-To-Know tips at the bottom.


Leather Passport Holder [1]: Made with a square foot of tanned leather and waxed linen thread, free pdf template available.

Travel Organizer [2]: Features 10 different pocket sizes to hold assorted goodies, rolls up with ends held in place by snaps.



Toiletries Case [3]: Roomy bag is zipped, lined with laminated fabric for easy cleaning and has a handle on one end for easy toting.

Quickie Luggage Tag [4]: Make a unique fabric tag to help spot your luggage easily, features a clear vinyl pocket to hold I.D. slip.



Road Map Folder [5]: A fabric place mat whips up easily into a handy folder to hold assorted maps.

Lingerie Caddy [6]: Fabric pocket organizer than can hang in the closet from a pants hanger or roll up (with ties to close).



Passport Wallet [7]: Fabric case that can hold two passports along with slots for assorted pieces of I.D.

Gadget Travel Tote [8]: Convert a dish towel into a multi-pouched case to keep chargers and cords neat when you’re on the go.



Contact Lens Case [9]: Handy bag that holds two bottles of solution, a contact lens case, a mirror, package of tissues and a pair of glasses.

Easy Passport Cover [10]: Made to fit the size of your passport, use assorted pieces of felt in contrasting colors and handstitch together using the blanket stitch.



Accessory Sachet (Fabric Roll) [11]: A fabric roll with pockets to hold jewelry and accessories. Tutorial available via free pdf download.

Travel Wallet [12]: Made from a tea towel and hangs around your neck.



Summer Thongs Luggage Tag [13]: Crochet pattern using bits of yarn in two different colors.

Jewelry Wrap [14]: Made with cotton fabric, canvas, zippers (2), velcro, heavy-weight interfacing (fusible), elastic and a button.



Printable Luggage Tags [15]: Prints 6 per page (pdf) and has two different designs (a stack of luggage and the Eiffel tower).

Fabric & Vinyl Zipped Bags [16]: Great for packing small items, made with fabric, a zipper and clear vinyl.



Road Trip List [17]: Keep track of what you’re packing, things to do, supplies needed, etc.

8-Pocket Jewelry Pouch [18]: Features 8 wedge-shaped pockets to hold jewelry pieces then gathers with a drawstring at top to hold items safely inside bag.



Mickey Luggage Tags [19]: Fun and colorful, you’ll need iron-on interfacing, clear vinyl, bias tape and bits of fabric.

Weekend Kit: {Vintage}

First published October 1, 2008 and moved to this page for better organization

This pattern is from a 1920’s or 1930’s booklet by Columbus Blenback Oil Cloth entitled “How to Make good looking-inexpensive Things For The Home with Blenback Oil Cloth“.

It’s quite a handy design that is a fold-over pouch with inside pockets to store items for travel (one wide bottom pocket plus 5 pockets across the middle).

The pattern recommends using oil cloth but you can use whatever type of fabric you like. If you use something like a poly/cotton print, I’d line it.

Pattern is available below (along with larger images to view if you click) or a pdf download.


1 yard Oil Cloth
4 yards tape


Pattern PDF Download: Weekend Kit [20]

More Ideas:

Travel Hand Wipes Made With Vodka, Water & Lemon Juice

Materials Needed:

1/4 cup vodka
1/4 cup water
Juice from 1/2 lemon
Paper Towels (use a thick, sturdy towel)
Large Ziploc Bag


Note: You can use strips of flannelette if you prefer (then launder and reuse), as well as paper towels cut in half.

I just make amounts that I would use during a road trip, I haven’t made big batches of wipes at a time so I’m not sure how long they would last. These are very nice to keep your hands clean–think: public washroom sink taps and door handles, yuck!

You could use this technique:

Place paper towel rolls in the liquid and seal containers. Wait 5 minutes then flip the containers over to evenly distribute the solution on the paper towels. Make sure to use containers that are airtight.

Tipnut Mailbag – Traveling With Children

Here’s another hot tip from the Tipnut Mailbag, it was sent in by Jennifer:

I started doing this when my daughter was about 1. When traveling I always take a blow up beach ball. During rest stops or while waiting for a flight I blow up the beach ball and let her have some fun. We’ve made lots of friends this way, and it gives her some “run around” time instead of “run away from mommy” time. When it’s time to go, just deflate the ball and tuck it into your purse or bag!

Happy Traveling!

What a simple, yet great idea! The ball deflates and packs away nicely so it doesn’t get in the way. Plus it gives the little one a chance to run off some steam and have some fun after being cooped up and strapped in while traveling.

Thanks for sharing that Jennifer :).

Quick Tip: Stinky Luggage
Originally published March 30, 2007 and moved here for better organization

Musty trunks and funky smelling luggage pieces can be freshened up by sprinkling baking soda inside, closing the case and then let sit a day or two. Remove the baking soda with a vacuum.

If you don’t use your luggage that much and have it stored away for long periods of time, make little sachets filled with your favorite potpourri (light scents are best) or even just filled with baking soda and keep them stored in the luggage until you travel. You could also use small, lightly scented bars of soap as well.

One more tip: If you are short on storage space, you can store off season clothing or extra blankets and bedding in the unused luggage.

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