I’m so thrilled to be participating in the Manchester Metallics Summer Bag Challenge hosted by Sew Mama Sew
and Robert Kaufman
! The challenge is to make a bag featuring the new Manchester Metallics fabric and any other Robert Kaufman solids or textured solids.
I made a Cargo Duffle
– a free pattern from Robert Kaufman by Noodlehead
– with my summer roadtrips in mind. I need a moderately structured bag that can fit on the floor behind the passenger seat, under my toddler’s kicking feet. And I need a lot of pockets.
All photo credits go to my husband, Joel.
For my fabric pull I chose:
- Manchester Metallic Evening: 1 yard
- Essex Yarn Dyed Nautical: 1 yard
- Outback Canvas Navy: 1 yard
- Kona Cotton Berry: 3/4 yard
- Kona Cotton Wasabi: 3/4 yard
Disclaimer: the fabric was provided by Robert Kaufman.
Look at how sparkly this fabric is in the sun! I love it. The Manchester Metallics fabric is soft and has a very nice drape. For this project I wanted more structure and less drape, so I fused medium-weight interfacing to the back of the Manchester Metallics fabric. As an added bonus, the interfacing prevented the lovely weave of the fabric from being distorted by the dense quilting. I cut the interfacing the same size as the quilt batting.
I added a card pocket to one of the exterior pockets. I also substituted magnets for snaps.
I added another card pocket and a large pleated pocket on the interior. The interior pocket will hold a couple road maps.
I attached the extra pockets with a minimum of hand-sewing, and no seams are visible on the exterior. (The seams are visible inside the exterior flap pockets.) Here’s how I did it:
1. Sew the center seam of the exterior pocket.
2. Glue-baste and sew the interior and exterior card pockets, pinning the exterior pocket out of the way.
3. Glue-baste the interior pocket so the top of both the interior and exterior pockets line up. Partially sew the side seams of the interior pocket – start at the top and sew down to where the exterior pockets end.
4. Fold the unsewn bottom inch(s) of the interior pocket up, and pin it out of the way.
5. Attach the contrast bottom on the exterior, completing the exterior pockets.
6. Finish quilting the panel.
7. Unpin and unfold the interior pocket. Glue-baste the bottom of the interior pocket to the canvas. Mark with pins on the outside of the bag where the interior pocket starts and stops.
8. With the exterior facing up, sew along the quilting line that overlaps the bottom of the interior pocket between the pins.
9. Hand-sew the bottom inch(s) of the interior pocket sides.
I added a place to clip my keychain. No more fishing around in the bottom of my bag for my keys!
One of my favorite added details is the contrast flange on the handles – progress shot above. I cut a 3/4″ x WOF strip of the Kona Cotton Berry and folded it in half. I cut the handle accent piece 1/4″ thinner than called for in the pattern and glue-basted the flange in place before topstitching.
If you’re making a Cargo Duffle I highly recommend glue-basting. It’s so much easier on your sewing machine than pinning thick layers (in some places there are 10+ layers of fabric, and interface, and batting) and does wonders for accuracy.
I can’t wait to pack my new bag and hit the road this summer! Big thanks to Sew Mama Sew and Robert Kaufman for this opportunity!
Here’s the full list of talented bloggers that participated in the challenge: