|Cargo Duffle. Pattern by Noodlehead.|
Heavy cotton oxford from Alexander Henry Fabrics. Multi-colored stripe by Diamond Textiles.
|Heavy cotton oxford and quilting cotton from Alexander Henry Fabrics.|
Multi-color stripe from Diamond Textiles.
This was a good project on which to try free-motion quilting on a heavier weight fabric. The front and back pieces of my bag measured 21" x 16", which were enlarged for my use from the original pattern.
|Free-motion quilting. Front panel of duffle.|
|Free-motion quilting. Back panel of duffle.|
This Cargo Duffle pattern has a very interesting and streamlined way to make the bag's two-toned handles. A nice detail!
|Handles using two fabrics.|
|Zipper inserted in the top gusset.|
|Using the fabric selvedge to create a zipper tab.|
|Tab at the zipper stop.|
The accent fabric used on the handles (the stripe) is also used on the bottom of the duffle. In the original pattern, this accent fabric covers the raw edges and secures an outside pocket. For extra security, I lengthened the handles and sewed them down the front/back of the bag as I knew my bag would carry a lot of weight. By omitting the pocket, I used the accent fabric piece to secure and cover the raw edges of the extended handles. (The construction details of this duffle pattern are functional as well as decorative.)
|Accent fabric is decorative and functional.|
The pattern says to bind the raw edges if you choose. If you have a serger, I say to "fire it up" and finish the seam allowances lickety-split. Some raw edges were serged before duffle construction (the front and back pieces, for example), and some after.
|Serged seam allowances to finish.|
This bird is ready to fly!