Monday, March 18, 2019

Sew-Along Prize Linky


A big thank-you to all of you who read or sewed along in the Cargo Duffle Bag event of the past few weeks. It’s been a lot of fun to share in the triumphs of those of you who were new to bag making or had been plotting to sew this pattern and just needed a little nudge. I can’t wait to see what everyone has made!

The Prizes

Three lucky Cargo Duffle makers will win a $30 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop or one of two mystery packages from Anna Graham of Noodlehead, each with a pattern and the necessary supplies to make the project. (For my full post on the prizes, click here.)

Winners will be picked at random from the linky (see below) that will run through March 31, 2019. This prize draw is open internationally. If someone outside of the United States wins one of the Noodlehead prizes, he or she will be emailed a gift card from the online retailer of his or her choice in lieu of the package from Noodlehead. (It’s just too darn expensive to ship stuff internationally.)


A Look Ahead

Gosh, I’d love to sew along again with you all. Maybe we can reconvene this fall for more bag making? I realized I own—ahem!—three Noodlehead patterns that I have yet to make: the Super Tote, the Go Anywhere Bag, and the Caravan Tote. Then there’s the Forage Bag, which, like the Cargo Duffle, is offered free on the Robert Kaufman site. Any preferences on what we tackle next? Let me know in the comments.

And of course, if you couldn’t sew the Cargo Duffle along this time, the posts regarding each step will always be available here on From Bolt to Beauty.

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Bring out your lovely Cargo Duffles, friends!




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Friday, March 15, 2019

Pillow Parade / Beauties Pageant 24


I make a lot of presents—gift giving is one of my favorite parts of sewing and quilting—and many of the future recipients of said presents keep close tabs on me via social media. This means I have a surplus of finishes that I can’t yet reveal, for fear that those friends will catch wind of what I have made for them. One of these projects is a swoon-worthy Alison Glass pillow with matchstick quilting. So. Very. Pretty.

It seems mean to tease like that without providing a picture (or five), but there are some pretty cool pillows in the From Bolt to Beauty archives we can talk about.

I sewed this orange peel pillow back when I took the Curves Class at Stitched in Color. It still graces my bed (on days when I make my bed!) ...


These simple-yet-sturdy envelope pillows are testament to what you can do with a little home dec fabric and fusible fleece ...


And the hexagons below, along with those at the top of the post, are pillow perfection.


Pillows are great small projects. I wish I could make more for myself, but pillows in the hands of two little boys often become projectiles or objects with which to hit one’s brother/dog/mother.

I have thoughts on pillow construction, however, which I look forward to sharing with you in the near future. : )

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If you have a finish this week—in pillow form or not—we’d love to see it. Add it to this week’s Beauties Pageant!


The pageant rules are simple:
  • Post your finish in the linky tool. (No links to your own giveaway or linky, please!)
  • Point your readers back here with a text link or use the button above.
  • Visit and comment on other participants’ finishes.




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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Sew-Along Day 6: Lining the Bag

Welcome to the final day of instruction for the Cargo Duffle Sew-Along! Today you’ll learn how to add a lining to your bag. It’s my own alteration to the pattern, so if you have any additional thoughts about how to approach this step, please share them in the comments.

Also: Remember to come back and submit a picture of your finished bag sometime between March 18 and March 31 to be eligible for a prize. (Eep! I can’t wait to see everyone’s finishes!)

Sewing the Lining Pieces

Back on day 1, you cut these pieces from your lining fabric:
  • Front/back: (cut 2) 10.75" x 18.25"
  • Bottom gusset: 6.5" x 29.5"
  • Zipper gusset: (cut 2) 3.25" x 27" 
You will sew them together as you assembled the gusset and bag back on sew-along day 4 and day 5.

First, take your two zipper gusset strips, and fold each of them under a half inch along one long edge. Press. Align those strips with the edges of the bottom gusset, right sides together, and pin. As you can see from the picture below, there’s a gap in the middle. (Please note: the gap in these pictures will look bigger than your gap. I altered the dimensions so you will get a better fit than I did while I was testing the lining instructions.)


Sew each of those strips at the short end, backstitching when you start and stop, as indicated in the picture below. Align on the other side and repeat with pinning and sewing.


Now you have a floppy but complete lining gusset!

Continue with the steps you followed to make the bag itself: Take the gusset and the front and back panels. Mark the dots that Anna instructs you to make in step 5 of the pattern. Sew the gusset to the the top and bottom edges of one panel. Make a slit at the corners (see picture below) as you did while assembling the main bag, per my advice on day 5. Sew the sides. Then repeat with the second panel.


I like to press the seams open the best I can at this point.

Sewing the Lining into the Bag

Next, insert the lining (wrong side out) into your bag. Align the folded-under edges of the lining with the edge of the canvas that abuts the zipper. Use whatever works for you! I resorted to Wonder Clips *and* pins.


Get as close as you can to the zipper tab ...


Now, sewing right on top of the line of edge stitching that runs along both sides of your zipper, sew the lining to the bag. Go slowly.

You will see from the pictures that follow that I used a regular foot; the design of my walking foot couldn’t get me close enough to the zipper. Do whatever works for you. Also: I used a bobbin thread color that matches my lining.



Whenever I encounter a messy point in my sewing here, I simply stop, rip out the problematic stitches, and start back up by back stitching and continuing on my way. It’s not elegant, but it works.

You will have to stop before you get to the end of the zipper. The next picture is not great, but it shows how there’s a small gap on the right side between the lining and bag at the end of the zipper. (There is also one, not shown, on the left.) I sewed as far as my machine would allow and then just backstitched at the end.


Adding Some Tacking Stitches

To get the lining to sit better in the bag, I tacked it down with my machine at the four top corners of the bag. In other words, I found a line of quilting near each corner on the top of the exterior and sewed through both the lining and bag at those points. Three stitches forward, three stitches back, three stitches forward. Because I followed an existing line of quilting, these tacking stitches are not really visible from the exterior, but they look like this from the lining side ...


Yours may be in a slightly different location. It doesn’t matter: they’re functional; no one will see them. You could try to do these stitches by hand. I couldn’t get a needle through my canvas.

What these four sets of stitches do is prevent the lining from just flopping around the interior of your bag. It’s almost as if, between the two lines of stitches along the zipper and the tacking stitches, the lining hangs inside the bag.

If you’ve made it this far, good for you! You are the proud maker of a lined Cargo Duffle Bag!

If you have any questions or comments, the best way to share them with me and everyone else sewing is to use the comments below, but you can also email me at frombolttobeauty (at) gmail (dot) com or DM me through Instagram.

Document your progress on Instagram using the hashtag #cargodufflesewalong!

Related Links:
Main Cargo Duffle Sew-Along Page
Sew-Along Day 1: Cutting the Pattern Pieces
Sew-Along Day 2: Making the Cargo Pockets
Sew-Along Day 3: Quilting and Assembling the Exterior Panels
Sew-Along Day 4: Making the Gusset, Tabs, and Handles
Sew-Along Day 5: Assembling the Bag and Installing the Snaps
>Sew-Along Day 6: Lining the Bag<
Prize Linky

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