Monday, March 4, 2019

Sew-Along Day 1: Cutting the Pattern Pieces

Thank you for joining me to sew Noodlehead’s Cargo Duffle Bag! Today we’ll be cutting our fabric. It’s an easy day. : )

Shrinkage Due to Quilting

Read through page 2 of the pattern, which specifies what you need to cut. As a quilter, you know that the process of quilting can shrink a piece. Anna addresses this in her first note under “Cut Pattern Pieces,” suggesting that sewists who anticipate shrinkage to add an inch to both the length and the width of their quilting cotton pieces and then to cut to the final dimensions after quilting. I quilted all four of my Cargo Duffles rather loosely, with horizontal lines three-quarters of an inch to an inch apart, so I cut my pieces to the final dimensions from the get-go.

Cutting the Lining Pieces

As I mentioned in my supplies post, I depart from the pattern in a few minor ways that affect the supply list. Namely, I omit the double-fold binding because I line my bag, and I add a yard of lining fabric (although three-quarters of a yard will do). If you plan on lining your bag, you will need to do the same.

In addition to the items listed on page 2 of the pattern, cut these 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"

Cargo Duffle 1 (2015), featuring Amy Butler fabric.

Cargo Duffle 2 (2017), featuring Amy Butler and Lizzy House fabric.

Cargo Duffle 3 (2017), featuring Denyse Schmidt and Carolyn Friedlander fabric.

Cargo Duffle 4 (2017), featuring Lizzy House fabric.

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
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  1. Thanks for the tips. Hoping to actually start tonight...and stay on top of things.

  2. Struggling to print the pattern and not sure about fabric... Not a glorious start so far... But OK, I'll see what I can do tomorrow!

    1. You've got this! If you're on Instagram and you have a moment to post, I'd love to see the fabrics you're using. : )

      P.S. I couldn't dig up an email address for you. Pls drop me a note at frombolttobeauty (at) gmail (dot) com with your email so I have it in case you win a prize at the end of the month. : )


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