Cotton + Steel Super Tote

October 18, 2014 Julie

Super Tote{Super Tote : sewing pattern by Noodlehead sold at Home Made}

Everyone tells me that when you have a baby, the days are long but the weeks are short. Which feels very true. So, it either took me a few long days or a short week to sneak in time to make this Super Tote using our new Cotton + Steel fabrics. Either way, I’m enjoying the accomplishment of having made this super cute and functional bag! On a somewhat related note, Brian’s morning glories sure are hanging in beautifully, aren’t they? 

The Super Tote just one of a handful of Noodlehead sewing patterns we carry in the shop. Another is the 241 Tote. And, you might also remember that Anna designed the Cargo Duffle, too. For my first Super Tote (yes, there will be more), I chose Alexia Abegg’s cotton canvas from her Hatbox collection and Robert Kaufman’s Essex for the exterior. And, my lining and accent fabrics are from Sarah Watt’s August collection.

Sometimes I think the hardest part of getting started on a project is selecting your fabric and cutting out your fabric pieces. Once I accomplished those two tasks, it was pretty smooth sewing. I’ve since learned that when fabric selection starts to stress me out, I need to remind myself that, if I start treating the fabric and process as too precious, all I’m doing is procrastinating and not having fun sewing. I’m very good at procrastinating. Because having fabric that’s too pretty or being afraid to start something because I’m unsure of how it will turn out aren’t doing anything for me except preventing me from making a bag that I’ve wanted to make for a while now. I gotta just cut that fabric and get ‘er going!

Super Tote

And, most of the time, it all works out just fine. All that stressin’ for no good reason.

That said, the two things I’ll do differently for my next tote are: 1) follow the instructions that opt for a magnetic snap closure for that front pocket and 2) try interfacing instead of canvas to stiffen the bag exterior (both are offered as options in the pattern).

Hold up, there’s one more thing I’ll do differently — not wait so long to make this bag! Especially since this tote needs to live in the shop as a sample and I could really use a new tote for every day. Plus, if I’m really on the ball (and committed to NOT procrastinating), I could start some holiday gift-making. . .

Will you stitch up a Super Tote?


Noodlehead sewing patterns, Cotton + Steel fabrics, and loads of other sewing goodness is sold at Home Made. Support your local, independent shops and stop on by to grab your supplies! We truly appreciate your business — it’s what allows us to keep doing what we do.


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