Carkai City Cargo Duffle

Ever since I made my first one, I knew it wouldn’t be the last. This Carkai City Cargo Duffle is one that I made recently for a friend.

carkai city cargo duffle . carolyn friedlander

The fabrics are Essex in Charcoal Yarn Dyed, Jay McCarrol City Center fabric (now out of print) for the exterior and Carkai for everything else.

carkai city cargo duffle . carolyn friedlander

I took advantage of the selvage treatment on one of the carkai prints for the pockets and also installed my very first snaps, which were surprisingly not tricky at all! Anna Graham’s snap tutorial made it super easy, and I made sure to do a test run on some scraps first.

carkai city cargo duffle . carolyn friedlander

For the exterior pieces, I used Soft and Stable, except on the gusset where I used cotton batting (as recommended). I felt like that was a more appropriate level of stability for the area given its function.

carkai city cargo duffle . carolyn friedlander

It’s on projects like this where I remember why I horde zippers the way that I do. If I anticipate making a certain project again (i.e. anything by Noodlehead…), I usually acquire multiples of the required notions. That’s exactly why I had this black one on hand. It worked out perfectly without requiring a trip to the store mid-project. (Side note: I recently organized my stash of zippers, grouping them by size. This seems obvious, but I’d never actually done that and it has made such a difference! It’s so easy to find what I need as well as know exactly what I have on hand.)

carkai city cargo duffle . carolyn friedlander

The Cargo Duffle is a free pattern available here on the Robert Kaufman website.

carkai city cargo duffle . carolyn friedlander

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7 Responses to Carkai City Cargo Duffle

  1. Carmen January 5, 2016 at 11:30 am #

    Lucky friend — all the details look so fantastic! And hooray for not needing to make a trip to the store! I’m the opposite, generally buying notions on an as-needed basis. LOTS of trips!

  2. Brambleton January 5, 2016 at 12:34 pm #

    I like to stock up on notions if able as well! Fantastic & beautiful bag.

  3. Anja @ Anja Quilts January 5, 2016 at 8:48 pm #

    It’s beautiful!

  4. Brianna Robertson January 6, 2016 at 7:18 pm #

    Nice bag! I keep seeing different versions pop up and it’s motivating me to make one too. I love what you did with your fabrics on the pockets.

  5. wendy January 7, 2016 at 8:07 am #

    gorgeous! How do you store your zips? I’d love to organise them by size but I just can’t find a storage solution that works. At the minute they’re all together in a drawer

  6. Sue June 19, 2019 at 10:09 pm #

    I hang my zippers on those wire type shower hooks ($$ store item), I organize them by size. If they don’t have the little paper tab on the end I just use safety pins – voila! You can hang them or put them in a container, they’ll all be hooked together. My hooks have a little locking mechanism so they won’t wonder anywhere.

    • carolyn friedlander June 20, 2019 at 2:08 pm #

      Thanks, Sue! The rings are a really nice idea! I’ve been tying mine together, but you always have to adjust and re-adjust each time you use one. Your system sounds great!

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