Cargo Duffle

I love a good Noodlehead pattern.  Anna has a way of taking items that seem like they would be super complicated to construct and making them easy.  At last count, I think I’ve made 9 of her divided baskets!

So when I saw that she was offering this cargo duffle pattern for free, I jumped on it!  All the details of this pattern are great – the quilt-as-you-go sides, the ease of the zipper installation, the finished look of the interior, and as always with Noodlehead patterns, the perfect touch of a little hardware.  I have to admit, I was nervous about the snaps.  I bought this snap kit at my local Joann and tested it out on a scrap of fabric.  Guys… it was really easy.  Phew!


The main fabric I used is this Joel Dewberry fabric, purchased from  I took that fabric to Joann and found some coordinating red/orange and gray fabrics in the quilting cotton section.  The interior is a gray canvas, also from Joann (sorry I didn’t get a shot of that!).  It’s not my typical color palette, but it just jumped out at me for some reason, and I love how it turned out.

I copied Kristin’s idea and used this as my hospital bag when Luke was born.  It was the perfect size.  I’ve also used it as an airplane carry-on, and it fits under the seat in front of you – no need to worry about space in the overhead compartment!

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