I had been keeping my eyes out for a new dopp kit to keep my personal effects when I travel. I was looking for something durable and well made, timeless and more aesthetically pleasing than the sandwich baggie that the TSA would prefer I carry.
I never came across the perfect bag, so, as most things of this nature go for me, I decided to make one myself.
I knew the general dimensions of a kit I would want, so the first step is to sketch something approximate, then turn that rough drawing into a solid pattern.
Due to the nature of the contents, a durable water proof material would be ideal. I went with a corded vinyl I salvaged from a military surplus seller. The original fabric was used to bag camouflage netting in the battle field, so it should have no problems holding my shaving brush and shampoo. After transferring the pattern onto the vinyl, I was ready to cut and begin construction.
After a few quick stitches with the bag inside-out, I attached the zipper and was ready for the final details.
I attached pull tabs on either end of the zipper and was ready to go. I am really happy with how this bag turned out. The vinyl I chose offers enough structure to keep its shape and form, all while holding the random bits of personal junk I drag around with me.