A few weeks back, I asked my IG peeps for bag pattern suggestions. There was an overwhelming majority happy to recommend both the 241 Tote and Super Tote by Noodlehead. A few days ago, I finally bit the bullet and bought BOTH patterns! I then also stopped past Spotlight and got some extra bag making supplies and was ready to rumble!
I'm pleased to say I have finished the 241 Tote today! And I'm a very happy camper....
Even though I was expecting a canvas butterfly print from Cotton + Steel's new range, I still went ahead and used the quilting cotton that arrived. And I'm so glad I did! I love the combination of the denim blue butterflies and coral arrows. Yummo!
The side panels and lining throughout the bag are Essex Linen. It contrasts perfectly with the other prints. I purchased chunky metal jean zippers for the front.....a first here. What I didn't think about was the fact you can't cut the ends off if you want to make them a bit shorter, like regular dress zips. Whoops! So I had to sew a wider berth around the top and bottom of each zip. I love the look of them.
I used Aurifil #5002 - a beautiful shade of coral - for all of the top stitching. You know coral is my favourite colour right?
And probably my favourite part of the bag - the handle. I don't know how anyone could bare to part with these fabulous selvedges? I couldn't! The instructions direct you to cut a piece of fabric 6" x 26" for the handle, so I cut the selvedge off at 2.5", then 4.5" of the linen. Cut the linen in half length ways and inserted the selvedge between them. I had to sew the edge of the selvedge on TOP of the linen on one side, so as not to lose any of the text. I freakin love it!
Another first - magnetic snaps! Never used them before, but I can now see them becoming a regular fixture on my bags! So easy!?!?!? I also love the little slip pocket on the inside - you can never have too many pockets in a bag.
Speaking of pockets..... The leaf print from Wee Wander co-ordinates divinely with the arrows. Winning.
So - overall a very fabulous bag! The only thing I WILL do differently when I make my next one (and undoubtedly many more after that) would be to upsize the pattern a little. But for me, it's actually the perfect handbag size.
Great, easy to follow pattern, with plenty of instructions. I used a dressmaking interfacing - sort of like spiderweb weave - and it was enough structure as I don't like "stiff" bags. I think if you added some batting to it, it would be ok also.
Next stop - the Super Tote! You can find the 241 Tote Pattern HERE.