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Cargo Duffle Pattern for Robert Kaufman

I am bursting at the seams happy about this new duffle pattern: the Cargo Duffle!  The lovely folks at Robert Kaufman asked me to come up with a pattern that they could post on their website.  You know what that means, right?  It’s for YOU and it’s FREE!  I can see this pattern working with so many fabrics and it’s just the perfect size (if you ask me) for an overnight bag or carry on.

And those cute front pockets?!  Aren’t they awesome?!  I want to squish them.  So are you ready to make a Cargo Duffle?  It’s available now!  There is a downloadable PDF on the Robert Kaufman website and you can get busy and make your own!  Just in time for all the Holiday fun, too!

This duffle was made with the awesome new line by Carolyn Friedlander called Botanics.  I feel genuinely giddy over how awesome they are and couldn’t be happier with being able to sew with them.  Carolyn has this beautiful way with design and color, to me it’s pure heaven (on fabric that is).

I have a few more to show you, so stay tuned! Hurrah!

PS. in the pattern I call for a 26″ coverall zipper, they’re lovely because they zip from both ends.  I found the Coats & Clark ones at my local Hancock Fabrics.  I also had my friend find some YKK brand on Amazon, Coverall 26″ Zipper.  The snaps are Dritz brand (also purchased at Hancock) size 24.  You can also find great snaps at Snap Source.

Oh, and I would be thrilled to see any you make!  You can add them to the Noodlehead flickr group or the Robert Kaufman flickr group or both!


The amazon link to the zippers is an affiliate link, but of course I definitely recommend them, and have purchased them myself.

88 thoughts on “Cargo Duffle Pattern for Robert Kaufman

  1. SoozeM says:

    Woohoo thank you thank you thank you it is gorgeous and I can’t wait to make one!!

  2. Ute says:

    Thank you so much! I can´t believe we are getting your wonderful instructions and pattern for free! Your bags are the best!

  3. ummm Anna this is completely fab!!! I’m SO making this! xo

  4. Teresa says:

    yay! I’m super excited!

  5. yay! i saw the bags in person at market and they are fantastic! so excited to make one (or three!).

  6. Andrea says:

    This bag looks so nice and professional! Thanks a bunch for coming up with such a great pattern to share with us.

  7. Giulia C says:

    What a lovely project! Thanks for the free pattern 🙂

  8. Stunning, lovely aesthetic too and so very you

  9. You are a rockstar. I also saw these at market and they are gorgeous!

  10. Love RK and your pattern is awesome!! Great job 🙂

  11. Taya@TypeB says:

    I’m so excited about this! Saw it on Carolyn’s FB posts from market and about fell off my chair when she said – free download! Thanks for sharing all your great work!

  12. Jane Skoch says:

    Wow – fabulous. It would be great with upcycled fabrics, too.

  13. aneela says:

    Love this Anna! Definitely making it 🙂

  14. What an opportunity! Smart move, Robert Kaufman. Everyone will love this! I can’t wait to get started on mine…

  15. mle says:

    How awesome is that!! Thank you Anna!

  16. Kristan says:

    I downloaded this pattern yesterday as soon as I saw it in my Instagram feed. Well done, Anna! Now I just have to finish the Social Tote I started and then get going on this Cargo Duffle. 🙂

  17. Laurel says:

    Whaaaat?!?! This is awesome! Definitely making one. You rock, Anna!

  18. Elsa says:

    It’s lovely and so generous of you and Robert Kaufman!

  19. that bag rocks! now i am going to have to add it to my ever growing things to make before christmas list!

  20. Elizabeth says:

    I am beginning this today – LOVE IT!!! Many, many thanks for sharing this pattern so freely. I’ll get my daughter to post the photo when it’s finished (and learn how to do it myself – photo-posting, that is! – at the same time!)

  21. Gorgeous! Sophisticated too. You lucky duck with the early Botanics stash. Off to download…

  22. amy says:

    It’s so awesome!!!! Love the front pockets!

  23. Emily says:

    WOW! So fantastic! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  24. Ines says:

    Great Anna!

    Hugs Ines

  25. Hilary says:

    I just downloaded the pattern! I saw this bag at Market and I loved it so much!

  26. LeslieWms says:

    Thank you – thank you! Just this morning I was thinking about making duffle bags like this for my grandsons this Christmas. This is perfect — and very easy to find with your links. Thanks again.

  27. Ah! A free version of one of your fabulous bags – and I’ve been needing an overnight bag, you must have read my mind. 😉 This is fabulous. I can’t wait to pick out fabrics and try it. Thank you so much!

  28. Jeannie says:

    Oh my gosh woman!! you did it again!! AWESOME!!

  29. Jeni says:

    Well aren’t you sweet! Can’t wait to stitch this up!!

  30. Katy Cameron says:

    So fun, love those double front pockets!

  31. hey june says:

    Where do you find the time?! This is such a perfect bag in every way – size, shape, style, everything! I am always astounded by your bag making skillz 🙂

  32. Jenny says:

    This looks useful, super cute, AND like a fun sew! Can’t wait to try it!

  33. Kim with a K says:

    Gorgeous!
    You make the best patterns!!!

  34. kristin says:

    super great, anna!! great timing for christmas, too. 😉

  35. Anna! this is awesome! I love it!

  36. Vicki Posten says:

    You did it again. The perfect size and amenities. Who wouldn’t want this duffle?

  37. Wow! Thanks for the FREE pattern. I’m looking forward to giving this a try. Those outside pockets are super cute!

  38. Kaye Prince says:

    I was literally just looking at Duffle patterns for a Christmas gift for Alex (he keeps needing to borrow mine). This is absolutely perfect Anna! And I already know that I love your patterns – Hurray!!

  39. carolyn says:

    I LOVE this bag! You are so amazing.

  40. Sally says:

    LOVE!!! I have been waiting for the perfect duffle pattern to appear.

  41. Holy Moly, can’t wait to give this one a go! Thanks Anna!

  42. ayumills says:

    Can’t say enough how much I love it!!

  43. Thank you!!!
    Love this bag.

  44. Claudia says:

    This is just toooooo wonderful for words! Love the bag, love your work and then for free? I just can’t believe it! Can’t waste my time now and will download it directly. Such a lovely surprise and thank you very very much! Greetings from Claudia in Germany

  45. Deedrie says:

    Putting this one on my to make list!!!

  46. Kristie says:

    I am going to make one and tell my hubby he has to take me somewhere to use it! Thank you!

  47. Kelly O. says:

    Anna! this is lovely!! I was considering trying my hand at a weekender but I’m going to give this a try first! do you think I could do a patchwork one?? Any pattern of yours is sure to be a winner and more doable for me than the weekender I’m sure!

    1. Anna says:

      thanks bunches Kelly! 🙂 yes, it’s done quilt-as you-go style, so for sure you’d be able to do patchwork (and I’d love to see a version like that!). Yes, this should be a bit easier than a weekender just because of the straight sides, overall assembly, etc.

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  50. Hello Anna,

    Do you absolutely have to have a walking foot for this pattern? I don’t have one, but I do have a serger at home besides my sewing machine. Thank you

    1. Anna says:

      Unless your machine is really great at going through many layers with ease, yes, I definitely think you need it. I use my walking foot almost all the time, it’s totally worth the investment (usually they’re around $100 or less).

  51. Hi! I pinned this bag from Pinterest awhile ago and wanted to let you know that my mom made it for me (she’s a way better seamstress than I am). It turned out great!! The only difference is that she used cotton webbing for the handles and also added a longer webbing strap so that I can carry it cross-body. Thanks for the great pattern!!

  52. Thanks for the free pattern. I love it.

  53. I’ve made one of these and two backpacks using the same construction style. I absolutely love the duffle and might make it my go-to gift for family for Christmas. It is the perfect size and everything. I’m still in amazement of how good it is. Thanks so much for this. Here’s a link: http://threadridinghood.com/wordpress/made-by-me-monday-noodlehead-cargo-duffle/

  54. Anonymous says:

    Random …. would it be possible to do this pattern without ‘quilting’ it?

    1. Anna says:

      Sure! Just bulk up on the interfacing, Soft & Stable might be a good fit.

  55. Steph Zerbe says:

    I finally made one. I love it Anna, thank you so much. The pockets were so fun to make. There were a lot of firsts here for me. Pockets, snaps, metal stamping…. here’s a link to my blog post http://stephzerbedesign.blogspot.com/2014/03/sew-saturday-cargo-duffle-bag.html Enjoy and thanks again!

  56. Claudia says:

    Hi Anna, I am seeing this duffle being sold on Etsy. Because this is a free pattern, is it allowable to sell bags made from this pattern? I would like to make them, but I don’t want to infringe on any rights. Thank you.

    1. Anna says:

      Thanks for the question. I ask that my free tutorials, etc. be for personal use only, but I’m not sure how it works for Robert Kaufman.

  57. lily says:

    hi there, I’m planning to travel very soon, and making my own duffle bag would be awesome !!! How can I get the printable pattern pieces please, ohhhhh pretty please ! can’t wait to read your precious answer ! Thank you… Lily

    1. Anna Graham says:

      The pattern/instructions are on the Robert Kaufman site (linked in the post above). 🙂 Hope that helps!

  58. Ella says:

    I’m trying to download this pattern but when I click on download nothing happens……Please help.

  59. suzanne Doggett says:

    is there a sew a long for the duffle

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Yes, I have a extra tips blog post here which also contain the link to the first day of the sew along:
      http://www.noodle-head.com/2014/03/catnap-cargo-duffle-some-tips-and-sew.html

  60. Sue says:

    Wonderful bag. Spent the weekend sewing this bag. I made it slightly bigger to fit my sewing machine. First time quilting and the outcome is great. Good instructions, well done.

  61. Rosemary says:

    I am hoping you are still checking these comments! I puchased the kit from craftsy and love the design, but looking at the contrast on the bottom gusset, the instructions say quilt it to stabilise the pocket. I am new to quilting but I dont seem to have cut out any batting or lining for the gusset. Will it be just one layer?
    Hope you can answer this

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Hi Rosemary,
      Yes, all comments on my blog get emailed to me. 🙂 Here’s a post you might find helpful: http://www.noodle-head.com/2014/03/catnap-cargo-duffle-some-tips-and-sew.html
      🙂
      Anna

  62. 2nana50 says:

    Thank you so much for this Duffel bag pattern, I was looking for one so I could make it. My son goes off to work and needs a smaller one, besides his lock box clothes box that he can put in the back of his truck. This is awesome! Thanks Anna!!!💜

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