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 Quilt as You Go Tote

I realized I haven’t blogged yet about the tote bag I made last month for the Sewing Summit! At the very last minute, as I was running around stressed out, trying to get everything done for my class, packed, kids ready for me to leave town…I decided I just needed to make a handmade bag for my trip. I didn’t have time to make a Weekender like everyone else, but I knew I could make a Jane Market Bag. I’ve had this pattern for awhile and the totes are so easy to put together. They hold a lot of stuff and make great teacher gifts. *hint* *hint*


I decided to make a quilt as you go (QAYG) version. This technique is fairly new to me. Recently some of us made quilt blocks for a special quilt for Penny with QAYG and I fell in love right away. It takes awhile, but wow is it worth it! You can find a tutorial for QAYG in the form of a quilt along here.


I made a couple changes to the bag (both intentional and not). First, the bag is about 1″ smaller all the way around. That was the unintentional change. I should have started my QAYG with a larger piece of batting. Opps! That’s ok though, the bag still works great.

The second change was I left off the outside pockets. Because I was QAYGing, I didn’t want those to take away from the look of the sides. I also left out the option for a flat bottom (made with interfacing or cardboard). I like my tote bags all floppy like.


I highly recommend this bag pattern. It’s very easy, even for beginners and the bag comes together very quickly. And you never can have too many bags!