11 Aug Noodlehead Super Tote
I finally finished my first Super Tote! This is an awesome pattern by Anna Graham from Noodlehead. You’ve probably seen them all over the web, or have one yourself, and there’s definitely a reason for that. It’s pretty super! I would compare it to Hermione’s purple bag from Harry Potter; You can fit more in this bag than you would originally think. Must be the Undetectable Extension Charm Anna’s put on it.
Most of the fabrics I used come from Leah Duncan’s Tule Collection. I love her fabric designs and can’t wait for her new line Gramercy coming out at the end of August.
Main: Mojave in Illuminated
Straps and Gusset: Robert Kaufman, Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in Black
Recessed Zipper and Inside Pockets: Terrain in Cactus
Lining: Meadow Vale in Bright
Inside Straps: Sand Dunes in Golden
+Front and interior pockets
+Recessed zipper to keep your stuff safe
+Long straps to sling over your shoulder
+Double-Interfaced exterior pieces so it holds up to any abuse
+The hardest part of this pattern was deciding what fabric to use. The combinations and possibilities are endless and it took me forever to land on this combination. I really liked using the Essex linen on the gusset and straps. It adds a nice texture to the bag and I will definitely use this again when I make another one.
+The other hard part is cutting out all of the pieces and getting ready to sew. Anna has you double interface all of the exterior pieces first using SF 101 and then adding Craft Fuse 808 on top. As you can imagine, that is a lot of cutting and ironing! I would recommend doing your cutting and interfacing one day and then coming back to the bag on another. Another option is to use one layer Decor Bond interfacing only (instead of using the combination of two). I have a co-worker that did this and she liked the result.
Anna does a really nice job explaining each step and has diagrams to help you along the way. This was my first “real” bag pattern and I was able to get through it with no problem. Anna also kindly gives you her email address if you have any problems.
+I would definitely use a 90/14 needle (or stronger) when sewing through all of the layers. This will prevent any broken needles and frustration.
+Anna suggests reinforcing the handles if you plan on carrying a lot in this bag. I didn’t do this at first but found that the top part of my bag was slumping over when I put things in it (where the white arrow is).
I reinforced the straps by sewing them down to the top of the bag (where the red squares are in the picture above). This really helped and kept the top of my bag from folding in on itself.
I would probably suggest this pattern for an Advanced Beginner. You need to be familiar with following a pattern, sewing a zipper, and understanding basic sewing lingo.
I would definitely recommend making a Super Tote (if you haven’t already). Anna has some other great bags that I also want to make: Road Trip Case, Divided Basket, and the Poolside Tote (among others).
Thanks for such an amazing pattern Anna!