Plaid + Flannel Cargo Duffle


After I made my first Noodlehead Cargo Duffle for Sew Sweetness‘ Pursepalooza shown here, I quickly received a request to have one commissioned.  How many times has that happened to you?  However, the request came from my sister…so you know it turned into a gift instead ;) Now that Christmas has passed, I can finally show you this version!


My sister wanted a plaid flannel just like my original…so of course, I went back to Robert Kaufman’s Mammoth Plaids.  They are just SO soft.  The black vinyl is “suede cloth” purchased from my local JoAnn’s.


Purse feet are a great added touch to make a bag look more professional.  These are from Emmaline Bags.  I adjusted the spacing to them vs my original to be a little closer together. They are approximately 14″ apart lengthwise and 1.5″ in from the outer seams.  The pocket snaps are from Tandy Leather.


If I can use a metal zipper on a bag, I always will….they are just so pretty!  The outer zipper is a coverall style by Coats and Clark.  The interior zipper is YKK.


The biggest difference with this bag is the interior.  I used this tutorial by Small Town Thread to create a drop-in lining.  I tacked the liner to the bag’s top corners then hand-sewed it to the zipper.  This was just to keep the look clean and keep any extra fabric away from being snagged into the zipper.


I use a lot of Premier Prints home dec fabric and this interior fabric is no different.  It is the larger Swiss Cross pattern.  This fabric complements the red and black exterior while echoing the plaid design as well….I really love it :)

I’m happy to report my sister loves this bag as well!  She is one of my strongest supporters and also one of my best salespeople.  It is quite flattering that she wanted one of my bags to go alongside all of her designer ones.  Now I’m off to make her another bag….haha!  It never ends, right?!? ;)


xoxo – Cristy


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