A Men’s “Dopp Kit” & Luggage Tag

I sewed gifts for four people in total for Christmas 2014. Go me! One lucky recipient received a gift that was 100% handmade by me; the other gifts were mixed handmade and bought.

Today I will share with you the gift that I made for my mum’s partner; a “dopp kit” and a luggage tag. This was the 100% handmade gift. I showed you my sister’s sewing kit last week, and I’ll share the other two gifts together very soon!

So here’s the “dopp kit”:

Handmade Dopp Kit

Perhaps I shouldn’t admit this but this gift cost me very little – I used the leftover fabric that I used for my Sew Simple Lottie Skirt – and only needed a few extra bits.

I found this fab tutorial for the “dopp kit” on The Cottage Mama. I say “dopp kit” because that’s what they call it but I have never heard the term before. I would call it a washbag!

My washbag turned out smaller than it would have had I followed the instructions to the tee. The tutorial called for pieces cut 13″ by 14″ – meaning that [obviously] the kit would turn out almost square. Once I cut one of the sides, I realized quite how big this really was. So I cut rectangles instead, with the vertical sides being about half the instructed size. (Of course silly me can’t remember the exact measurements I used now!) I’m glad I did this because I think the size I ended up with is pretty much perfect. The bag would have been very roomy if cut 13″ x 14″. OK, half the reason I cut it smaller was because I had a limited amount of fabric!

I really wanted to use this wool fabric for the kit because it’s fantastic quality and very smart-looking. I wish I had more to make more bags with, now!

I’m so pleased with how it turned out, and as far as I could tell my recipient was happy with it!

dopp kit

My favourite part is the joined sections because I joined them up so neatly!

Handmade Dopp Kit

Dopp kit

My least favourite part is the inside. It is lined, so the zip is caught between the layers, but the raw edges are on show. I’m pretty sure that this is what it’s meant to look like, but I’m not too keen. It means that the lining can’t come away from the bag, but it just looks messy. Also I didn’t finish the edges (I was thinking that they’d be hidden!) Luckily, they won’t fray, but it would probably not look so bad if they were overlocked.

Handmade Dopp Kit

Handmade Dopp Kit

Nevertheless, it’s a nice roomy bag and I recommend the tutorial! I will probably make one for myself out of a pretty fabric – maybe I will even brave some oilcloth… one day.

Handmade Dopp Kit

And let’s not forget the luggage tag that I made as a little extra:

Luggage tag made with scraps of suiting @AfterDarkSewing

Made with a couple of pieces of fabric, a scrap of vinyl and a little square of cardboard. Then finished with a sweet little rivet and a piece of twine. Simple, but effective.

Beth x


15 thoughts on “A Men’s “Dopp Kit” & Luggage Tag

  1. Beth, Dopp kit is a term used for a men’s wash bag or toilet kit. I rarely hear it here in the States, although older folks know it well. It was named after “Charles Doppelt” who invented a toilet kit in 1919. My Dad always called them Dopp kits and now I call all toilet kits “Dopp kits”. Fun to keep old words alive πŸ™‚ . I love that your Mum commented… super sweet. Jennifer from South Carolina πŸ™‚ Cheers


  2. I love both of them but especially the Dopp Kit. Hopefully there is a tutorial on this – I was reading rather quickly and didn’t notice one. You do fantastic work. It all looks so professional.


  3. Looks great and I LOVE the tag! I usually sew right sides together and turn through a small hole on the inside of the lining. When the gap is handsewn it is almost invisible and all seams are hidden:)


  4. Looks great. I love the fabric choice, even if it was an off cut. I’ve made several of these myself and whilst it is possible to make without the bottom raw edge on show, you are always left with the raw edges on the sides. I usually use my pinking shears on these edges. I wouldn’t want to put all those layers and zip through my over locker. If you were being really fussy you could bind them with some hand sewn on bias tape but then isn’t life too short?


    • Thank you πŸ™‚ I’m glad I made it right and the raw edges are meant to be on show. You’re right, life is too short. Once all your stuff is in there it really doesn’t matter!


  5. To confirm – my partner was DELIGHTED with his gift and quite overcome that Beth made it!! (what a cheek) It is a fantastic size and perfect for the job. Well done Beth


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