I showed you how I dressed up my camera strap in this post. Next up I wanted a snazzy handmade bag to carry around my equipment.
I chose the Cargo Duffle by Noodlehead, this is a free pattern. I laid out the measurements of the bag and hoped it would be the right size, even if it wasn't I knew I wanted to make the duffle, and it would be used.
I chose Mochi Dot by Momo and a Paula Nadelstern print for the exterior and waxed canvas for the bottom gusset and sides. I like to use waxed canvas on the bottom of bags so I don't have to worry about setting them down on the ground.
Here is the Etsy shop where I purchased the waxed canvas.
The two exterior panels finished
If you want a crinkly aged look to your canvas you just wad it up in a ball and squish it around to get the wrinkles
I used waxed canvas on the pocket flaps and also around the cotton webbing I used for the handles. I think the waxed canvas wears better than quilting cotton for handles.
I used a different color Mochi Dot for the back of my cargo duffle
I did add some quilting lines to the bottom gusset, I don't usually add quilting to the waxed canvas, but I had a seam I wanted to hide. If quilting the waxed canvas, space the quilting lines further apart than you normally would
The Cargo Duffle is a bit larger than I thought for a camera bag - but I remedied that by adding smaller bags and pouches for my lenses, charger, and miscellaneous supplies inside the duffle.
This pattern does not have a lining, but there are several blogs on line who have added a lining. I didn't add a lining to mine, the interior is canvas. I used fusible fleece as my batting and added D links to the side so I can make a detachable longer handle for over my shoulder. The only other thing I added was a strip of velcro on each side interior for padded dividers for my camera equipment.
Keep Calm and Quilt On!