Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Super Tote ~ and a giveaway winner!

I've been teasing this finish for the last couple of days and am finally getting around to the full reveal.  The pattern is the Super Tote by Noodlehead (can be purchased here) and I recommend it!  This is the first of Anna's patterns that I have purchased and made.  Her instructions are concise and clear as can be, including awesome digital illustrations and full size printable pattern pieces.

My finished bag.....


First up, the fabric - I've said this before, but again let me say that my fabric shopping options are very limited locally.  I looked and looked online for ideas and just could not decide on anything (I'm a tad on the indecisive side!) so I figured to the local Fabricland I would go.  The floral outer and the plaid lining are both no-name fabrics.  haha  Nothing designer-ish printed on the selveges anyways.  The handles and gussets are a medium-weight denim, which I have to say worked really well.


Rather than use a whole bunch of various interfacings to make the bag, I chose to quilt the floral pieces before assembly.  I used a thin cotton batting and a canvas backing (which was very heavy), cutting the pieces slightly larger than needed in order to be able to trim the pieces to size after quilting and not end up with warped edges.  This did for sure produce a bag that will stand on its own, however in the future if I make this pattern again I'm not sure that I would use the canvas again.  I do like the quilted panels, but rather than the canvas I think I'd even try the denim as a backing, which I think would still do the trick but would not end up quite so stiff.  (NOTE: I did still use a medium weight fusible interfacing on the handles, and two layers on the gusset pieces.  I also interfaced the pocket facing even though the pattern didn't call for it.)  The pattern called for piping, store-bought or handmade, for the edging of the front pocket but I chose to simply make the pocket facing 1/2" wider so that I could sew it down to the front of the pocket piece, right sides facing, then flip it to the back to produce a faux-piping look.  I'm super happy with how it turned out.


Here you can see the lining fabric a bit better, as well as the recessed zipper.  I'm not super in love with the recessed zipper (maybe it's my aversion to attaching fabric tabs to the ends of zippers?).  If I made this bag again, I wonder if I might skip the zipper altogether and go with a magnetic snap closure.  Not sure. 


It was super hard to photograph the interior of the bag, but this gives you a bit of an idea.  The pattern called for elasticized pockets like this on both sides of the interior, but after making one I couldn't bring myself to make another so I kept one side plain!  The gathering and elasticizing was super challenging for me for some reason.  

I would absolutely recommend this pattern, and I will likely make it again in the future but including some of the modifications that I mentioned above.  I think this bag has loads of potential for customization, which is awesome.  Oh, and if any of you decide to make it, the one thing I would absolutely recommend, especially if you pre-quilt the outers and end up with thick layers of fabric, is to use a 90/14 jeans machine needle.  That's what I used for the entire project and I had no problems at all, even on my machine that sometimes produces skipped stitches on thick layers. 

And finally for today, I'd like to announce the winner of the two mini charm packs that I offered a few days ago to celebrate my 100,000th pageview.  I had 72 entires, and the winner chosen by random number generator is.....#14.  Deb@asimplelifequilts.  Congratulations!  I will be sending you an email soon.

Linking up with Finish it up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts
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15 comments:

Patti said...

Great bag, Heather! It looks really roomy. I like that there are areas that can be changed according to personal preference! The denim handles are great. Nothing wrong with Fabricland fabric either!

Cathy said...

The bag is great and your fabric choices are just perfect!

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

Thank you so much Heather! I love both of these lines and am actually using Marmalade to make some accessories for my new quilting room so I'm feeling very lucky tonight...

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

Forgot so say how much nice your bag turned out - I really like that wavy quilting.

Debbie said...

This turned out really nice! I like it alot and appreciate all your details in sharing it. cool.

Poppyprint said...

This is a beautiful version and couldn't have come at a better time - I am just starting to cut the pieces for mine tonight!! Thanks for your tips. In fact another friend also recommended doing flat pockets on one side of the lining as well. I will do your faux piping idea (I'm still not over my Weekender piping fiasco). Thanks for sharing!

Annabella said...

The bag is fab - designer or no designer labels!!

Carla said...

Nice job Heather. It does look very practical. You will get a lot of use from it.

mle said...

Love it! I want to make every pattern Anna has, they are all so cute!
I think putting the elasticized pockets on just one side is probably what I would do too.

QuiltyGirl said...

I love this tote!
Also, did you prewash your canvas? It's a bit of a pain, b/c it unravels a bit and gets really wrinkly (you have to iron it w a HOT iron), but it softens it up a LOT. I just did this last week, and my tote has nice structure without stiffness. :)
Also, if the tote gets super nasty I feel like I can toss it in the wash. Although I haven't tested that theory. ;)

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Heather it's gorgeous!! I love the flower print with the denim!

Esther F. said...

I love your fabric choice and thank you for the tips on sewing this bag!l

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Ilham Pratama said...

Great bag, Heather! It looks really roomy. I like that there are areas that can be changed according to personal preference! The denim handles are great. Nothing wrong with Fabricland fabric either!
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Kirsten said...

Your tote is beautiful Heather! Really love the pretty floral fabric paired with the black denim.

Tsoniki said...

Great bag! I love the zipper - one thing about purses I have discovered is that I need a zipper. LOL I don't like the bag or purse just being open. I love the flowers!