|PATTERN: 241 TOTE BY NOODLEHEAD|
i really enjoyed making the 241 tote. it's just the right size for a daily tote yet can hold way more than you think. trust me when i say it really took a beating on my trip. it even needs a day trip to the spa (aka - the washing machine). i filled this sucker to the maximum and it held on for dear life (my strap may or may not have started to fall apart..shhhh...don't tell). if you've made a 241 tote before though you may notice my oopsie. yes, i am not a robot and yes, i do make mistakes too. in my excitement of making the bag and sewing with my tsuru i forgot to make the darling pleats on the bottom side curves. that tsuru motif madness print is so awesome it blinded me with excitement! ooops! oh well, i like it anyways and i think it may have given me a tad bit more room to fill the bag which i definitely needed :)
i really enjoy sewing from anna's patterns and not just because she is a friend of mine. her instructions are always clear and concise and her photos are clear and easy to understand. i don't often make myself bags but when i do i head to her pattern selection. remember my envelope clutch from her envelope clutch pattern? i still love that one and use it often. i realized the other day that whenever i go somewhere really exciting on a trip or event i always whip up a new bag. so fun! they all hold special memories for me.
>> PATTERN <<
- 241 Tote Pattern by Anna Graham of noodlehead.com
>> FABRIC <<
- OUTER BAG: motif madness in vermillion from tsuru by rashida coleman-hale for cloud 9 fabrics
- OUTER BAG: robert kaufman yarn-dyed essex linen cotton
- LINING: motif madness in ivory fromtsuru by rashida coleman-hale for cloud 9 fabrics
- OUTER BAG & LINING: 1000 cranes in cerulean from tsuru by rashida coleman-hale for cloud 9 fabrics
- PELLON 931TD fusible midweight white interfacing
>> NOTES <<
- i forgot to make the bottom pleat detail.
- i would use a midweight-heavy weight interfacing on the handle next time. i wear my bags hard and put them to the limit (bad me) so i would interface the strap next time and maybe add some batting to soften it up when carrying a heavier amount.
- i used a brass toned magnetic snap. can i just say how much i love magnetic snaps? they. are. awesome.
what's your favorite tote of the moment? do you have a go to bag that you sew up up regularly? have you been sewing with tsuru? do you love it too? i missed you all while i was away so come chat! i'd love to hear your thoughts!