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.
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.
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! ;)
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…
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!