Friday, September 16, 2011

Another 241 Tote

Back in May I made myself a Noodlehead 241 Tote for my birthday. Every time I've seen my mother since then she has talked about the bag and shown it to anyone who would look at it. I think she may have been trying to tell me something :) With her birthday coming up next week, I decided to sew one up for her.


I did a couple of things differently this time. I made the bag larger by adding about 2.5" to the width of the center panels. I wish I had done this on my bag, so I thought I'd go ahead and see how it worked out this time around. I had no problems at all; everything fit together just right. I also used home dec weight fabric for the center panels, pockets, handle, and lining. I figured this would give the bag a little more structure. The only quilting cotton I used was for the side panels. And just like last time I used fusible fleece interfacing on all of the exterior pieces.

I made the interior pockets the same way that I did on my bag, but I moved them up closer to the snap closure this time. I've found that I put mine too low on my last bag, so things in the very bottom of the pocket get stuck underneath everything else in the bag.


I really like this pattern and this bag. I've been singing its praises ever since I made the first one. I have seriously carried mine with me every single day since I made it four months ago. The only problem I have with it is that I carry too much stuff around and need a larger one. And now that I've tried making it in a larger size, I'm going to make myself another one... right after I try out Anna's newest pattern, the Go Anywhere Bag :)

Thanks for stopping by today, and have a great weekend!

19 comments:

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

Beautiful bag Gwen! Love the colour combo, that is the perfect gift for your mum - I am sure she enjoys it. Enjoy your weekend too!

Impera_Magna said...

Lovely, lovely bag... I generally alter bag/tote patterns (the pockets on the inside) to suit me... I'm glad making the bag larger worked out so well! I'm very tempted to make a bag like this...

Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts said...

Very cute- 241 is definitely on my to-do list!

chris said...

I agree, this is a fabulous pattern. I adore mine. The mix of fabrics you chose are just lovely, Gwen. I'm sure your mom will just love it.

PinkGranny said...

What a very cute bag! I like the pocket detail too!

Simone de Klerk said...

Mothers can be very clever ;o) And daughters know what they are saying without saying it LOL
It was with this bag, that I 'met' you (o: Off to take a look at Anna's new bag.
PS: The bag you made is lovely!

Anna said...

beautiful gwen, love that you made alterations to it to make it work! :)

Tasha said...

Oh, I love it!! I love bags

Amy at Ameroonie Designs said...

I find I have the same problem with bags- I always fill them up. ;) Now I try to keep the bag small so I am forced to leave the kitchen sink at home. :)
xoxo,
Amy

Tanya said...

What a great gift! I've had this pattern for ages now and still haven't made one for myself. Think I'll follow your cue and make one for my birthday in a couple weeks.

Erica {B is for Boy} said...

It turned out so cute! I love the fabrics you used! I hope she likes it :)

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

I think you'll *always* need another one!!! I'm always wishing any bag I carry was just that little bit bigger!!! But when your bags are this lovely, who needs an excuse to make another one!! Go, Gwenny, go!!

Sarahx

Andi @ Jane of all crafts said...

Your mom will love this!! the colors are so pretty! I may have to add this to my Christmas list to myself :)

Michele Pacey said...

have I told you how fond I am of this bag! it's lovely is what it is. that Anna is the queen of bag patterns I think!

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

Great colors, it's wonderful!!!

Valerie said...

I love that blue!! I have this pattern but haven't made mine yet --- the fabric is picked out, but no time. Ugh! In your modifications, did you happen to shorten the shoulder strap?

the Shiv said...

Oh man what a simple and great way to make the Noodlehead 241 more perfect... I love the design but I've been uber stumped about the best (and easiest) way to make it a little bigger. Another crafter photocopied the pattern at 125% to upsize it. But expanding the center panel should simplify things for me considerably! Thanks for sharing your creative light bulb.

Kelley Elizabeth McDonald said...

I have followed your lead and am making my batch of bags to sell to raise my money for a mission trip next month just a bit wider. Is that center panel piece and lining the only one I have to alter? All of the pockets and side panels are still the right size?

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

@Kelley Elizabeth McDonald - Yes, the center panel and lining are all that need to be modified to make the bag wider. Everything else stays the same. Good luck!

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