A Cargo Duffle for Everyone

Cargo Duffle - pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Everyone in my house that wants a cargo duffle now officially has a cargo duffle. Earlier this Fall, I made myself a Cargo Duffle (super cool pattern by Anna over at Noodlehead). The kids immediately wanted their own bag for weekend trips and sleepovers. I let them look online at fabrics and they both chose different Lizzy House designs for their focal prints. I can’t blame them – her designs are the perfect mix of whimsical and modern.

Cargo Duffle - pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

My son really wanted a dinosaur bag, featuring Dino Exhibit in Aqua from Lizzy’s Natural History collection. For the accent on the bottom, I sort of fell in love with the idea of using Carolyn Friedlander’s topography print in the perfect green from her Architextures collection. Of course it is now no where to be found! I put out a desperate call for a trade and my friend Cristin generously offered up her half yard for swap. I’m so happy because I love how it turned out!

Cargo Duffle - pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I also used the very last of the scraps to line the pockets. The outer pocket fabric is an Essex linen by Robert Kaufman. I’m becoming more and more addicted to working these into my projects.

Cargo Duffle - pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

When I wrote about my first Cargo Duffle, I mentioned some alterations I made when assembling it (widening, adding lining). I did the same for these and my son chose another Natural History Lizzy House print for his lining ~ Giants of the Deep in Blue.

Cargo Duffle - pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I selected a gray zipper to match the pockets. The pattern requires a pretty specific zipper that I couldn’t find locally, so I bought mine online from WAWAK Sewing Supplies. They ship from the US, so it didn’t take long for them to arrive!

Cargo Duffle - pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I love how his turned out!

My daughter really wanted a unicorn bag. We found (what we thought) was a unicorn print from The Lovely Hunt, another collection by Lizzy House. Unfortunately, when it arrived we discovered it was a very large repeat. This meant only one full unicorn was able to make it onto her bag. She was disappointed but I put it smack dab in the middle of the back so you can’t miss it.

Cargo Duffle - pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Luckily the rest of the print is just beautiful with a variety of floral designs. We combined that with Stellar Slub Chambray in Cerise by Andover for the bottom. This was much thinner fabric than I anticipated, so I used an additional layer of fusible fleece interfacing on the back of it to thicken it up.

Cargo Duffle - pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

For the pockets, she chose a combination of Meadow Flower in Pink and Flower Carpet in Fuchsia, also part of The Lovely Hunt.

Cargo Duffle - pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The lining is more of the Flower Carpet in Fuchsia.

Cargo Duffle - pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

And the zipper is white.

Cargo Duffle - pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The kids were both SO excited when they came home and saw their finished bags. My son immediately loaded his with stuffed animals and declared himself ready for a sleepover!

Cargo Duffle - pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

They did get a chance to test them out at their grandma’s over the weekend and we plan to take them on our next trip to Ohio. Thanks to Anna for an awesome bag design! It’s amazing how easy a pattern is after you’ve already made it once. That said, everyone in my family (minus my husband!) has their own now, so I think my cargo duffle making days are officially over. 🙂



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    November 17, 2015

    Gorgeous bags and I adore the fabrics you chose! Glad I could assis with the CF in green!

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    Danette Stankovich

    November 17, 2015

    Wonderful finishes! You can tell they are so excited to use them.

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    November 17, 2015

    These are terrific – so personalized and I love your attention to every detail.

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    Anne Burden

    November 17, 2015

    Looking good. I think I will try making some. I agree once you have made it once it becomes easier. Well done.

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    Lisa C in Dallas

    November 17, 2015

    Sorry about the repeat on the fabric. I’ve made that mistake myself on other fabrics. Glad the kids like them because the bags are so cute. Great job!

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    November 17, 2015

    Both are wonderful! Well done!

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    Susan the Farm Quilter

    November 17, 2015

    Ummm, didn’t you forget you adopted sister over here in eastern Washington?? I haven’t seen mine yet!!! These are fabulous and now I need to make them for my family…I’ll only need to make a dozen or so!

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    Little Black Cat Quilting

    November 17, 2015

    I love the dinosaur fabric, it is too cute! That entire collection is just amazing. And I love the unicorn, even if only 1 could make it onto the bag.

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    Gigi Voegeli

    November 17, 2015

    Super cute bags! I love Lizzy House too. They look complicated and intimidating to do but are really great looking.

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    November 17, 2015

    You do such gorgeous work! And your kids have great taste in fabric. Wonder where they got that from?

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    Lara B.

    November 17, 2015

    You make gorgeous bags Faith! I love Noodlehead designs.
    Both your son’s and daughter’s bags are made with great fabric lines. In a way, the one lone unicorn makes it more special – unicorns being so rare. Your children look completely delighted and that’s the best reward for a job well done!

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    Lucy Daniel

    November 18, 2015

    ❤️❤️❤️ SUPER ADORABL Cargo Duffle bags! You have inspired me to make several for Christmas. LOVE your blog.

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    November 18, 2015

    One of a kind !

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    November 18, 2015

    oh gosh, they are soooo adorable (your kids)! And the duffles are so cute, too. Seriously Faith, awesomeness all around. 🙂

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    Jennifer @NeverJustJennifer

    November 18, 2015

    I’ve been meaning to make one of these but haven’t found the time just yet!

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    Peggy Terzian

    November 18, 2015

    When I saw your cargo duffle a few months ago, I knew I had to make it, too! My daughter decided it was the perfect size for all of her cosmetology supplies, and so she chose music themed fabric. In addition to making it larger and adding a lining as you did, I added more pockets on the other side, and one interior pocket. We love how it came out! I will email or send the picture to your facebook. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Diane B

    November 19, 2015

    Faith, astonishing details! I too love Anna’s patterns.
    Thanks for sharing…and don’t stop just yet, yes you’re husband needs one too:)

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    Amy Smart

    November 19, 2015

    These are incredible Faith!!

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    November 19, 2015

    They’re brilliant! And the single large unicorn looks far more impressive than several little ones would have. I’ve never made a bag but yours are inspiring me to maybe give it a go.

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    November 21, 2015

    A single unicorn seems much more in line with their rarity, although that probably doesn’t satisfy your daughter. I have seen a couple of other warnings on the web about how large that repeat is.