"Cargo Duffle" Class - March 10


Cargo Duffle | (Advanced Beginner) | 1 Tuesday | March 10 (9:30-4:30)

Noodlehead designer Anna Graham says she’s bursting at the seams about this new Cargo Duffle and it’s just the perfect size for an overnight bag or carry on. And those cute front pockets. Don’t you just want to squish them?
Aren’t they awesome? So are you ready to make a Cargo Duffle? Donnarae is ready to show you how it’s done, pockets, zipper, straps and all.

Patterns Available | Instructor Donnarae Davis| Class $35


  • A sewing machine you are familiar with and is in good working condition
  • Pattern
  • All bag pieces
  • All extra fabrics and batting
  • Walking foot if you have one, zipper foot, and a foot that allows you to comfortably sew 1/2 seam allowances through several layers of fabric, other feet you feel you may need or want to have handy. I used a Bernina machine and my number 37D clear plastic foot came in handy a few times.
  • Clover Wonder Clips
  • Stiletto
  • Tape measure
  • 24-inch-long ruler
  • 12-inch-long ruler
  • Pins, seam ripper, scissors and other notions
  • Frixion pen
  • Lunch or snack as you desire, water and soda is available at the shop

Material requirements different than pattern - available at Calico Hutch:

  • Instead of cotton batting, the shop sample uses 1 36x58 package of by Annie Soft and Stable.
  • Instead of 1/2 yard of Pellon SF101, shop sample used 3 yards of Pellon SF 101 to interface all exterior pieces.
  • Instead of using a 26” zipper, shop sample has a 30” byAnnie zipper
  • The pocket snaps are, optional and I did not use them I used a 90/14 Topstitch Needle to make this bag; a 100/16 Topstitch Needle would also work.


  • Cut out all pieces, interface with SF 101, and quilt the front/back pieces, bottom gusset and zipper gusset pieces. I used a scant 1/2-inch horizontal quilting pattern like the one shown on the bag in the pattern.
  • I cut the 3 requiring batting 1 inch larger, did the quilting, and then trimmed them to the size stated in the pattern
  • When quilting the front exterior, paragraph one of Step 2, page 4, you can stop after you are at least 8 inches down from the top of the piece and I will show you how to add the pockets and exterior bottom.
  • Quilt the two zipper gusset pieces, Step 3 page 5, but DO NOT ADD THE ZIPPER UNTIL CLASS, I use a different process for zippers. Cut the batting, and lining (cotton canvas) the same size as the zipper gusset pieces prior to quilting.
  • Binding for interior seams - because of the thickness of soft and stable I had about a strip of 140 inches by 2 1/2 wide
  • Complete Step 1: Make Cargo Pockets
  • Step 4: Make Handles
  • After making the handles and turning them right side out I slid a piece of soft and stable into the strap and then quilted it. If you want to do the same thing but are unsure how to do it, leave your handles inside out after sewing and I will show you what I did. I have a handy method for turning bag straps and handles right side out.
  • During Class It is my hope that each person will leave with an assembled bag.


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