Noodlehead’s ‘Cargo Duffle’ | Free Pattern!

 

Noodlehead's Cargo Duffle | basting beauty | Botanics fabric

Noodlehead’s Cargo Duffle | basting beauty | Botanics fabric

I came across this amazing free pattern a couple of months ago, and immediately fell in love with the look of it.  In addition, it had been featured on several blogs I follow, and the common experience of making it seemed to be a very positive one.

Cargo Duffle | zipper details | basting beauty

Cargo Duffle | zipper details | basting beauty

Cargo Duffle | back view | basting beauty

Cargo Duffle | back view | basting beauty

As it turned out, it was a great project – the materials are very simple…. quilting cotton, batting, a 26′ coverall zipper (it opens from both ends) and some snaps for the pockets.  As short as this list is, I have never sewn a zipper in and never attached snaps to a project.

Noodlehead's Cargo Duffle | basting beauty | Botanics fabric

Noodlehead’s Cargo Duffle | basting beauty | Botanics fabric

The zipper was a little tricky, but only because I had never done one before – next time it will be much easier.  The snaps were daunting in that they required you to punch holes (!) in your finished, pristine piece of work (read: art) and trust that it was going to all going to be OK.  I literally asked (ok, demanded or pleaded might be more accurate) my BF to supervise the snap-installation process to make sure I didn’t ruin the whole project.  In the end… it all worked out… Phew! ;)

Cargo Duffle | pocket details | basting beauty

Cargo Duffle | pocket details | basting beauty

I used a grey solid with a slight honeycomb weave for the bottom accent, and the rest of the fabric came from Carolyn Friedlander’s Botanics line… what can I say… it’s a favourite!  There are two ways to finish the inside of the Cargo Duffle: binding the raw edges, or sewing in a lining.  I opted to use my leftover bias binding from the Science Fair quilt to cover the raw edges, as I had it ready to go, and I was more comfortable with the process.  The result was quite neat and tidy…

Noodlehead's Cargo Duffle | bias binding covering the raw edges | basting beauty

Noodlehead’s Cargo Duffle | bias binding covering the raw edges | basting beauty

 

Noodlehead's Cargo Duffle | basting beauty | Botanics fabric

Noodlehead’s Cargo Duffle | basting beauty | Botanics fabric

I highly recommend this pattern… and it’s FREE!  Also, there has been tremendous love for this pattern on the web, so a Google search will yield lots of help along the way.  I particularly like the sew along series on C’est la Vie… and as a bonus, it’s en anglais et en francais!  C’est magnifique!

Enjoy!

 

7 Comments on Noodlehead’s ‘Cargo Duffle’ | Free Pattern!

  1. Lisa
    June 5, 2014 at 9:34 pm (3 months ago)

    Love it! You should make yourself a camera bag! Sew in padded inserts. Photography is lovely too Er. :)

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    • erin419
      June 5, 2014 at 9:41 pm (3 months ago)

      Thanks Lis! High praise, especially coming from someone as talented as you!

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  2. Jane G
    June 6, 2014 at 12:43 am (3 months ago)

    Looks fabulous, love the enclosed seams too

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  3. Claire
    June 6, 2014 at 8:37 am (3 months ago)

    Wow, Erin, that is a gorgeous piece of art! Really? First zipper and snaps? You are a natural! It is one thing to make quilts which are flat but this bag and the tote you made for your mom…amazing sewing. Your pictures look like they should be in a magazine…simply beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Joan
    June 6, 2014 at 11:27 am (3 months ago)

    Your cargo duffle is lovely and it t looks like a designer bag. You have done a fantastic job and such a great choice of fabrics. Thanks for sharing your project and including the link.

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  5. Hayley
    July 6, 2014 at 7:58 am (2 months ago)

    I can’t believe you made this!!! So impressive!

    Reply
  6. Wendy
    August 18, 2014 at 9:50 am (2 weeks ago)

    Love this duffle. Thanks for the free pattern link. Yours is lovely BUT what are you working on now? Miss your posts and projects…

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