I made this ditty bag while I was a volunteer crew member on the Gazela. The pattern is from chapter 1 of The Sailmaker's Apprentice by Emiliano Marino. The chapter is entitled "A Ditty Bag Apprenticeship," where the idea is to learn techniques which are useful for sailmaking or sail repair. I have since been told (by a sailmaker from Alaska) that this is not a traditional ditty bag pattern. It holds my sailing supplies, so what more can you ask for?