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!



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    Sharon T

    September 1, 2015

    Very nice! I love your choice of fabrics and how beautifully you’ve sewn them together. Perfection!

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    September 1, 2015

    You”re construction is always divine…love this bag! Enjoy using it!

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    September 1, 2015

    Beautiful bag, love the fabrics, the combination is perfect

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    Leslie Sorenson

    September 1, 2015

    A stunning and very professional looking bag. People will notice.

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    Lisa C in Dallas

    September 1, 2015

    Beyond impressed! Great job!

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    September 1, 2015

    Oh, this came out great! I love seeing the modifications you did. I’ve been saving the patterns while I get up my nerve to do zippers. Sure like the look of the wider bag too!

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    Gillian in Israel

    September 1, 2015

    Wow, I’d love to try this, it looks amazing & so, so professional, I think I’d better start with a simple drawstring first!!! Maybe next year!!!

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    September 1, 2015

    Gorgeous. Such a professional job. Love the details: fabric zipper ends and leather pull! Fabric choices are outstanding. Great job!

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    September 1, 2015

    I love how yours turned out! And now off to stalk your blog for a bit – thanks for linking! xoxo!

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    Little Black Cat Quilting

    September 1, 2015

    Such a lovely bag! I’ve heard wonderful things about Noodlehead’s patterns, I need to check them out soon! Can’t wait to see what fabrics your kids picked out for their bags. 🙂

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    September 1, 2015

    That is stunning, I love your fabric choices.

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    Emily K

    September 2, 2015

    LOVE the fabric combination on this pattern! As a newby to 3D projects…any recommendations for cute, easy, beginner bag patterns??

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    September 2, 2015

    Love the bag! And love that your kiddos want their own, as well! Very cool!

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    September 2, 2015

    oh it looks stunning! I love the fabric combination and I can see why you’ve had requests for more!!

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    September 2, 2015

    Congratulations on a beautiful finish! And thanks so much for sharing your modifications and links. I have this on “the list!”

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    September 4, 2015

    Just lovely! I started a cargo duffle earlier this week and should finish later today. I wish I would have added the zipper tabs as well, but next time.

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    September 5, 2015

    Love your cargo duffle! I had one and gave it away as a gift to a good friend as I really wanted a wider one to travel with. And as I googled it today your lovely bag showed up with all your great tips! Perfect timing! Thanks!

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    September 5, 2015

    super cool Faith, love ya!


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