Thursday, January 16, 2014

Super Cute, Super Tote

I made the Noodlehead Super Tote and it's super cute.
I originally bought the Outside Oslo fabric to make a Weekender bag but have been resisting because I really don't think I would use it. It would be too heavy once I packed it and let's just say, Olive Oyl is stronger than me.
image from the internet 

I made a few changes to the pattern adapting it to accommodate lots of storage and carrying options.
I added some Thermolam to the outside pockets, and I put a pocket on both sides of the bag, making it easy to keep an iPad well protected in the pocket. I wish I would have paid a little more attention to the placement of the flowers. One side looks better than the other.
I was too lazy to go to Joann's to buy cording to make piping, so I used Thermolam and made mock piping.
Since I was using Essex Yarn Dyed Linen as the fabric for the main bag, I used a medium weight fusible interfacing and some Pellon 808. This made a sturdy bag, but it was a bugger to maneuver it through my machine.
The pockets are lined with Michael Miller Cotton Couture in Cranberry and the body of the bag is lined with Sketch in Pool Blue.
The elastic divided pocket on the inside adds more options for keeping this bag organized.
After fusing the interfacing to the handles I also added a layer of Thermolam, making them more padded and more comfortable when carrying over your shoulder. I also secured the handles into the final topstitching around the top opening of the bag. {thanks for the hint, Chrissy}
The inset zipper was really easy to install and the whole bag was easy, but took me quite some time to cut out. Whenever I have to assemble a PDF pattern, then cut the fabric and interfacing, it seems like it takes way longer than the actual sewing of the bag.
Now I need to make one for myself. This one will be gifted to a sweet friend.

This is the first finish of my Finish A-Long list. One down, 4 to go.

Finish Along 2014


Sally said...

Very cute! This pattern has been on my list for over 6 months now… I even have the fabric, I just have to be in the mood, I suppose :) Your friend will surely love this gift!

Susan Snooks said...

Great jon Di! I love the fabric you chose! I expect you will get lots of use from it!

Melissa said...

Love it! The fabrics are fantastic!

Dianne Neale said...

L enjoyed making my bag and love using it. Mine could do with having a bit more body, so I might try the thermolam next time

Cindy said...

You choose the perfect fabric for this tote. Adorable!

gpc said...

Love the tote -- she makes the cutest patterns!

suemac said...

Very cute bag. Love the colorful flowers.

Mrs Flying Blind... said...

Lovely - I think I need to make another some time soon!

Geri said...

very cute

Katy Cameron said...

So pretty, I do love that fabric!

Darcy said...

I always feel like the cutting and interfacing takes WAY more time than assembling the bag too! Glad it's not just me :-) Very cute bag!

Simon Says Sew said...

At least now you have your pattern pieces cut. I love that pattern and yours turned out beautiful.

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