clammy cargo.

Thing have been a bit nuts lately, but here’s something I managed to slip in last week thanks to some late-night, extra-curricular sewing. There were a couple colliding factors at play that resulted in this mix.


clammy cargo_carolyn friedlander


Number 1, let’s just say that the cargo duffle (free pattern!) has been on my mind ever since I first saw images of it. Anna Graham is so talented, and she generously designed the pattern to go along with the Botanics release. (I’ve been in the Noodlehead fan club for some time, see clutch, supertote and social tote.)


Number 2, I  just got an accu-cutter last week. Clamshells are great, but they are also something I’d probably never have gotten around to if I had to cut them out by hand, so I’m really glad to be able to roll them through the cutter. Now, I can get real about all the clams that Latifah (Clam Queen) has been inspiring me with. (Btw, for anyone else wanting to make clams, her video is a must-watch.)


accu clam

clams_carolyn friedlander


But, I also don’t have a lot of time for off-topic sewing…

So I merged the two things, and my clammy cargo was born.

Plus, I was hitting the road last week to teach in North Carolina, and I knew my trunk show would not be complete without a new Botanics-filled bag. (Sewing justification is too easy sometimes.)

 clammy cargo insides_carolyn friedlander


I tried out some 30-wt Aurifil with this bag. It’s a tad thicker than the 50-wt that I normally use, but this was a perfect application. The stitches show up quite nicely. I also threw some Railroad denim on the bottom and in the handles. I love that stuff.


quilted clams_carolyn friedlander

The only unfortunate thing about this version was that I had to leave off the front pockets. While I love the way they work in the pattern, I hated to cover up my clams. Those will just have to make it onto the next one.

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11 Responses to clammy cargo.

  1. Anna November 22, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

    so clammy! so good! the colors are just beautiful and fresh. I love love it.

  2. Margaret November 23, 2013 at 10:25 am #

    Gorgeous bag! Love everything about it – especially the clams!

  3. Lynne Tilley November 26, 2013 at 12:09 am #

    This is absolutely wonderful. Love love that duffle pattern. I must have it!! You did a wonderful job. Yay!!

  4. erin November 26, 2013 at 7:22 am #

    it’s gorgeous, carolyn!

  5. Hillary December 6, 2013 at 1:14 am #

    Oh my! I just discovered your patterns and fabrics. I AM HOOKED. Now I just need to track down your Park and Alturas patterns and I will be in heaven (if you know where I can purchase them do tell!)

  6. Jacey December 17, 2013 at 12:33 pm #

    Oh, I want this perfect mashup of clams and cargo!

  7. Debbie Gill October 21, 2016 at 10:31 am #

    Thank you so much for all the links! Love the clammy cargo bag! This is definitely going onto my sewing projects bucket list! You inspire me!


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