Sunday, March 27, 2011

my 241 tote

The lovely Anna of Noodlehead released her latest bag pattern on Friday, the 241 Tote. I snatched up the pattern right away and decided to make it my weekend project. I've said it before, and I'll say it again-- I'm not a pattern person. I have a very hard time following directions and tend to either give up on them or ignore them completely and try to do my own thing. But not this time. In fact, this was the first bag I've ever made from a pattern.





Anna definitely knows what she's doing. The pattern itself was written perfectly. Not a single error to be found! The curved construction was challenging enough to keep me on task. There are two options-- I chose the option with the exterior side pockets for my first try.


All in all, it only took a few hours to make, and will go much faster the next time around. I think choosing fabrics took the longest. I used a printed linen and striped cotton for the main exterior fabrics (from this shop) and denim shot cotton and a mustard japanese fabric for the pockets. The lining is mustard shot cotton.



I picked my fabrics, cut all of the pieces (save interfacing, which I picked up yesterday-- can you believe I didn't even know woven interfacings existed before now?), made the strap, and placed the interior pocket and magnetic snaps into the lining during naptime on Friday. I sewed everything else up last night in less than an hour after the kids went to bed. It felt so good to get it done, and I can't wait to load it up and use it tomorrow. Thanks Anna for making such a great pattern!

12 comments:

Anna said...

ahhhh! i looove this, you seriously have to make me one. :) totally awesome fabric choices. and glad you got to know woven interfacing!

Rachel Hauser said...

Very cool! Your fabric choices are perfect for this design.

Amy said...

I just love your version! It's my favorite so far. I'd love to make this back if I had the right fabrics. I will have to be on the lookout.

Kate said...

I love how this turns out, it looks like a great pattern!

Rachel said...

I had the same issue with Blogger on my post today. What a pain. Your bag turned outnreally cute, though. Definitely worth the extra click to get to the photos :)

Melissa_Loves_Broccoli said...

nice work, must be a well written pattern, everyone's 241 have looked great so far!

Connie said...

Love the video!!!!!

Leslie said...

this is great...looks really roomy too which i always seem to need

Poppyprint said...

Sold. Your bag is gorgeous. I love making bags and will totally purchase this pattern. Nice job, Krista!!! Awesome fabrics.

Monica said...

beautiful!!

Do I need another bag? Ha. No.

Do I want another bag now? oh yes baby...

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

I really love the fabrics you chose. Gorgeous bag.

Tezzcan said...

Really like you fabric choices.