Friday, October 12, 2012

Friday Finish - 241 Tote

I made a bag!  I rarely sew purses.  1) I'm just not very good at it.  2) I prefer designer bags.  ;)

Enter the Noodlehead 241 Tote.  For some reason, I just really wanted one of these bad boys.  I decided I needed to "make a muslin" to practice the whole bag-making thing.  I grabbed some home dec fabric from my stash for the exterior, and a quilting cotton for the lining.

This was a really fast sew.  And easy!  It only took a few hours.  Because I used home dec weight fabric for the exterior, I didn't need any interfacing.  It's nice and sturdy feeling, not at all floppy.

I really like all the pockets.  It fits all my typical daily stuff (big zipper wallet, phone, keys, Field Notes, Sharpie, head band, small hairbrush, 330,983,453 tubes of lip gloss, various toys and pacifiers and snacks and a sippy cup) with some room to spare.

I'm not sure if I'll make another with some good designer fabric right away.  When I do, I'll lengthen the strap and add some hardware to make it adjustable.  I've just gotten so used to wearing my purse cross-body style.  It's very hands-free.  Shoulder bags are always sliding off my shoulder.  But that should be an easy fix!

Stay tuned for a quilted patchwork Jane Market Bag!  I want a nice big sturdy tote to carry around Quilt Festival.  I'm thinking of adding some pockets to the interior for my phone, lip gloss, and Field Notes/Sharpie.  And a zipper wristlet that I can clip around the handles to dangle inside to hold my money.  That way I can shop with just one bag, instead of a purse and a bunch of shopping bags.  

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  1. I've always liked the look of that pattern, but just not sure if I"d use it. Smart of you to make a test version!

  2. What a sweet purse! I love making them but usually give them away. I haven't tried this pattern yet... maybe this one I might actually keep!

  3. Great purse Kristan. I love all the pockets. Have fun using it :)
    *Warning- sewing bags and purses can be addicting. You may find you like them better than the designer ones :-D

  4. It's very nice! Love the fabrics and the colors!
    Un beso

  5. Super cute bag! I love the inside!

  6. I've seen this bag on several blogs... yours turned out fantastic! Maybe I need to make it, too! I am planning to sew a messenger bag tomorrow. Any advice for making a bag?? :)

  7. Looks great. One with an adjustable strap to wear cross body sounds like a great idea. I love when purses have metal rings or something to make them look less homemade. Great job!

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