Cargo Duffle ~ A Finished Weekend Bag

Cargo Duffle, Pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I finished my Cargo Duffle over the weekend! As I mentioned last week, the Cargo Duffle is a free pattern by Anna over at Noodlehead. I just love Anna’s bag patterns. They always have a store-bought look to them.

For my bag, I used Bare Nopal in Gloom from Morning Walk by Leah Duncan as my feature fabric, Essex linen in natural for my solid, Raspberry Jam from Basic Grey’s PB&J collection for my pockets and Miniflores in Sunbathed from Morning Walk by Leah Duncan for my lining (more on the lining later).

Cargo Duffle, Pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This pattern was released 2 years ago, but there are benefits to being late to the party! A lot of people have made this duffle bag. Doing a quick Google search, I was able to see quite of few modifications and work some of them into my bag. The biggest change I made was widening the bag. What can I say? I travel with a lot of stuff. I used the wider dimensions over at Coconut Robot for my duffle. It was a pretty simple change and I’m happy with the increased space.

Cargo Duffle, Pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The other major change I made was lining my bag, rather than using bias tape on the inner seams. I chose an orange print by Leah Duncan that really pops! You can find tips on making the lining over at Skirt as Top. I hand-stitched my lining in along the zipper as well as the seams that connects the top of the duffle to the sides.

Cargo Duffle, Pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Finally, I made just a couple other minor changes…I added fabric zipper covers to the ends of my zipper (not sure what those are called) and leather to the zipper pulls.

Cargo Duffle, Pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’m so happy with how this bag turned out! My kids have told me they want this same size for their cargo duffles. It took me about a week to make this one (working here and there) – quilt as you go can take a bit of time. I expect theirs to go faster though, as now I know what I’m going. They have both chosen some fabric by Lizzy House, and I can’t wait to share them with you once they are finished.

Cargo Duffle, Pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Overall, this was a great pattern for experienced bag makers. If you have a few bags under your belt, you shouldn’t run into any trouble. And be sure to look online for some great inspiration as many others have made this cargo duffle over the last two years!

A Nautical Quilt Top and New Bag Progress

Nautical Quilt Top, pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I finished my Nautical quilt top! As I mentioned in my last post, this is a pattern by Allison over at Cluck Cluck Sew. There are lots of sizing options, but this is for a child and I chose the crib quilt. Thanks for all your suggestions on backing fabric! I ended up ordering some adorable whales from the Message in a Bottle collection, recommended by Kimber. Hopefully it arrives in the next couple of days and I can get basting!

Cargo Duffle pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’ve also started making the Cargo Duffle pattern by Anna of Noodlehead. I was looking at the pattern and planning my fabrics, when my daughter sat down next to me. After about 30 seconds, I was roped into making a second duffle. Then my son notices what’s going on. Yep, a third duffle. So I hope you like this bag, because you will probably be seeing a few of them come together on the blog!

Cargo Duffle pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I am using a print called Bare Nopal in Gloom from Morning Walk by Leah Duncan as my feature fabric, Essex linen in natural for my solid, and a print called Raspberry Jam from Basic Grey‘s PB&J collection for my pockets. I have a few zippers coming in the mail in the next few days, so once that arrives I will be able to finish up the first duffle. Can’t wait to share more soon!

Bag Making with Noodlehead and Handmade Style

Tablet Case / Pattern from Handmade Style by Anna Graham : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Over the last week, I have made not one, but two bags. I must admit that I was somewhat motivated by seeing all the great handmade pouches and art bags and duffles on my trip to Wisconsin. My second motivation was receiving Handmade Style from Anna of Noodlehead. (thanks Anna! xox) Handmade Style is such a beautiful book, from the projects to the photography (by Holly of Bijou Lovely and Anna herself). The book is laid out with 60+ pages of styled project photography at the beginning and then 80+ pages of directions with hand drawn diagrams. There is a pullout sheet with pattern pieces.

Handmade Style by Anna Graham : Fresh Lemons Quilts

There are quite a few things I plan on making in the book, and I started with the tablet case.

Tablet Case / Pattern from Handmade Style by Anna Graham : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I picked some Cotton + Steel canvas for the outside quilting cotton for the inside.

Tablet Case / Pattern from Handmade Style by Anna Graham : Fresh Lemons Quilts

At the last minute, I decided to leave off the tiny pocket, but if I had left it on, I would have used some of the scraps I bought from Krista at Spotted Stones.

Tablet Case / Pattern from Handmade Style by Anna Graham : Fresh Lemons Quilts

You know it’s a good day in the sewing room when you get to use your piping foot (BERNINA foot #59) and a hammer (yep, that snap is installed GOOD.)

Tablet Case / Pattern from Handmade Style by Anna Graham : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I love how this tablet case has darts on the bottom. There’s plenty of room in the case for my iPad, Kindle and even chargers. I plan on loading it up on my next roadtrip!

Tablet Case / Pattern from Handmade Style by Anna Graham : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I have a few more projects on my list from Handmade Style. I really want to make the Gingham Bag. (left page, top right photo):

Handmade Style by Anna Graham : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This makeup travel case (I even want to copy the fabric! Yep!):

Handmade Style by Anna Graham : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I love this modern triangle quilt.

Handmade Style by Anna Graham : Fresh Lemons Quilts

And I am seriously contemplating making this bench!

Handmade Style by Anna Graham : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’ll be sure to share as I create!

The Weekender

Weekender

This post is going to have a lot of pictures. Because when you spend a week making the daunting Amy Butler Weekender Bag, you take a lot of pictures. Those of you that follow me on Instagram got to watch this bag come together a bit more each day. That was a lot of fun, instant support group!

If you aren’t familiar with this bag pattern, it’s kind of notorious for being a {naughty word} to put together. Many people are starting to make this bag using the Quilt as You Go (QAYG) method to avoid all the interfacing required. I might try that next time but for starters, I wanted to stay true to the instructions (with a couple minor changes that I will talk about below.)

I have had this bag on my to-do list for awhile. I almost consider it some sort of sewist rite of passage. I heard it was a challenge and I wanted to see if I could do it. My only holdup was I could never find a fabric I wanted to use. The pattern recommends home dec weight and that is pricier than quilting cotton, so I wanted the fabric to be something I loved. Fast forward to the Sewing Summit. Joel Dewberry was a speaker one afternoon and he brought samples of his new line Notting Hill. As soon as I saw this fabric, I was in love. And then he said it was a Cotton Sateen/Home Dec weight! I knew immediately I was going to use it for my Weekender.

My choice for the lining and piping was a bit of a surprise for me. I know almost everyone out there seems really excited about all the plaids that are coming out in fabric collections lately. I’m not really a plaid person. (ducks for cover) But I just felt like it really complimented the floral print, so I stepped a bit out of my comfort zone and decided to use it.

When I first opened the pattern and cut out the pieces, I thought “Only 4 pieces? This is going to be so easy!” LOL Don’t be fooled. Not only do you cut out multiples of each out of your outer and lining fabrics, you also cut multiples out of 2 types of interfacing (not pictured). I spent several hours cutting.

Based on Stephanie’s weekender, I decided to cut my handles a bit wider (6″).

I was really lucky to have been loaned a cording foot (#60c) for my Bernina by the wonderful Catherine Redford from my local modern quilt guild. This made everything involving the piping SO much easier! I highly, highly recommend using a cording foot rather than a zipper foot for your piping. I’m actually going to buy my own now, it was that awesome.

Also, a general note: I used the pattern-recommended jeans needle for my machine. You have a lot of layers to sew through, and you need the extra strength.

The side panels came together easily, even if applying all the interfacing took forever.

For my second change to the pattern, I once again followed Stephanie’s example and used a shorter zipper, 24″. It was easily available at JoAnns and works just fine for the bag.

So, up until this point, I wasn’t sweating this bag. You make the large front and back. Then you make the top/sides with the zipper and sew that piece to the bottom to make a big circle of fabric. Then you have to sew this circle to the larger front and back panels. I know I’ve read of other people having this problem…they weren’t an exact fit. Now I’m not sure if the problem was I wasn’t using exact seam allowances or maybe the pattern is wonky, but it was a bit frustrating. Add in the fact you are sewing through a LOT of stiff interfacing, well you can see where one might start cursing. 😉

I highly recommend getting some binder clips to hold your pieces together rather than pins. I only had 2 binder clips on hand so I was forced to use pins and now they are all bent and ruined.

Again, I used the cording foot to guide my sewing and it worked great!

Weekender Lining

So I’ve finished the bag. I’m not sure if I’ll ever make another one. LOL But I’m super excited to have it and I’m very happy with my fabric selection. As my husband told me when he saw it “they certainly will see you coming with that.” Yep, it’s not subtle. But I love it.