I’ve been too scared to try a bag for a long time now. I’ve had this pattern downloaded for over a year and finally worked up the courage to give it a try. I couldn’t believe how easy it was to make! I’ve been reading on other peoples sites that they don’t recommend this for a beginner or even a first time bag maker.
I’m not sure I agree with that as this was my first bag. There were a few places that I didn’t understand but a quick google search will bring up someone’s tutorial who explained in more detail. And once you make one, the rest go together much quicker.
I followed the pattern exactly for the first bag (the blue plus one) and then had more confidence to make modifications to the second one. I widened my bag to 9 inches, added a bunch of pockets and added a lining.
I followed Skirt as a Top’s Cargo Duffle Lining tutorial to make the lining. Her instructions have you sewing the lining in after you complete the bag. I took this one step further and sewed the lining right into the bag construction so there is no sagging! There’s a video tutorial showing you how to do this at the bottom of this post.
These side pockets took some to time figure out but were worth the extra effort. I love the added organization they provide and since these bags are for traveling they will really come in handy as a place to add plane tickets or to stash your phone or things you need to get to quickly.
I also added a zipper pocket to the back of my Cargo Duffle. I really love the colorful detail it adds along with the practicality of having yet another pocket.
And of course I added pockets to the lining also.
Click on the video tutorial below to see how I added the lining into the bag’s construction. This screen shot shows you the final result. I hope that helps you guys make this awesome bag even prettier :)
Art Gallery Solids fabrics
Yarn Dyed Essex Linen by Robert Kaufman *
Coats and Clarks 26inch Zipper *
Soft and Stable by Annie *
Aurifil Thread *
Size 16 Schmetz needle *
Wonder Clips *