Monday, April 04, 2011

New Tote...


A couple of weeks ago I was reading my favorite blogs when I came upon this post at Noodlehead. Anna is an inspiring seamstress who has fresh, original designs and tutorials. She was introducing a new tote pattern she had created, and I instantly fell in love with her "241 Tote." When I realized she was selling pattern for this new tote {for $7!}, I quickly snatched one up! A few days later I made this ...


This bag is a gift for a friend of mine. It's her birthday this week, and she deserves something special. Her favorite color is "mustard," so I tried to find fabric that would please her. This is what I came up with...


There are a number of reasons I love this purse pattern. The first is that I love a purse with outside pockets. These pockets are roomy and easily accessible.


Second, I absolutely love a one strap purse. This pattern has one strap that stays firmly planted on your shoulder. Not only that but the strap is nice and thick, so it doesn't dig into your shoulder. Love it!


I used a magnetic-snap inside closure for mine, which is what is suggested by following the pattern...


In addition to the outside pockets, I added two more pockets on the inside of this tote. There can never be enough pockets in a purse for me! I also used fusible fleece interfacing on both the outside fabric and the lining of this bag.

One more important point... By purchasing the pattern, permission is given to sell totes made by the "241 Tote Pattern" for home based businesses. That's huge. I'm not sure it's something I'm going to do, but it's nice to know it is a possibility! 


This is a fun, easy tote to make. The instructions and photos in this pattern provide easily understood step-by-step explanations. I usually create my own tote patterns, but it was a joy to be able to have everything provided in one easy pattern! Later this week I'll highlight another tote from this pattern that I made for myself. ;o) I changed it up a little by making it a little larger -- I'm a girl with a lotta stuff.

PS: No compensation has been made for this review of the 241 Pattern. Just wanted to share the love!)

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16 comments:

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

I love your version, Suzanne. The colors look great together. I have my pattern, and I can't wait to make one for myself. Can't wait to see the bag you made for yourself, as well.

Julie said...

I think it is perfect for all the reasons you mentioned. Your friend will love it I'm sure!

Renee said...

Love it!

Debilou ~ Mississippi Mama said...

Very nice,, I like the pockets on the outside also. Cant wait to see the other one you made.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Sooooo cute...love the fabrics and your friend is going to love it too!!!

Blessings,
Linda

virginiamae said...

Beautiful! It's on my list to buy someday. Too many patterns calling my name in my room right now ;-)

julie said...

LOVE IT!!! So creative and cute. The perfect size, and I love your pick in material. ADORABLE

annemarie said...

Lovely purse - you color choices are great.

Lisalulu said...

NORMALLY I really dis like the color yellow... but this one I'm liking it enough to give it a BIG thumbs up! way cool!!! and such a modern twist!

mommatojoa said...

So cute! I love it!

Krista said...

Love it! I think I'll be buying her pattern very soon, especially as I keep seeing more bloggers coming out with their versions. They're all so cute.

mommatojoa said...

Also I just realized you live in CO. So do I! I am also a new follower!

Lisa said...

I love it! I think I'll have to purchase the pattern myself. :)

Nanda said...

Parabéns seu blog é maravilhoso!!!
adoro tudo o que voce posta aqui
bjs até mais

Anna said...

I totally love it!! I must have missed this when you first posted it. I was wondering if anyone would try fusible fleece, seems like it went pretty well! :) Really really glad you liked the pattern.

Lara said...

I think I am in love with this tote pattern! Oh I do hope you decide to sell some of these! I may attempt to make one myself with my feeble sewing skills, but I don't have your amazing eye for fun fabric combinations.