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Up Your Bag Game with the Cargo Duffle 2 – Get the Free PDF Pattern

Sew a professional-looking travel bag in a weekend and travel with it the next!

The Cargo Duffle 2, a free sewing project from Robert Kaufman Fabric Company, presents a compelling challenge for sewing enthusiasts. Designed by Anna Graham, author of "Handmade Style – 23 Must-Have Basics to Stitch, Use, and Wear," this project enables sewers to craft a functional and fashionable duffle bag, suitable for both travel and daily use. The pattern, available as a downloadable PDF, guides you through creating a bag with dimensions of 18" x 11" x 6", featuring exterior pockets with snap closures. Requiring various fabrics and materials, this project is perfect for showcasing sewing skills and creativity, culminating in a practical, customizable, and durable travel bag. Check out the free video tutorial at the bottom of this post for adding the lining to a Cargo 2 duffle bag. Skill level: experienced intermediate.

Here are some quick tips for successfully sewing your own Cargo Duffle 2 bag:

  • Use a larger needle: Use a needle of larger size for better handling of thicker fabrics.

  • Attach pocket snaps first: Before sewing them onto the front panel, add the snaps to the pockets.

  • Opt for an alternative to batting: Choose a substitute material instead of traditional batting for a different feel or look such as By Annie Soft and Stable Fabric.

  • Ensure your zipper has a stopper: Check that the zipper includes a stopper at the end to prevent it from sliding off.

Cargo Duffle Lining - A Free Sewing Video Tutorial:

This video tutorial shows you how to sew your lining right into your Cargo 2 Duffle.

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The fabric used to make the Cargo Duffle 2 Bag below is called Shimmer, designed by Jennifer Sampou.  

Free Cargo Duffle Bag PDF Sewing Pattern



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