As I start working on my fifth Version of the Noodlehead Super Tote, I felt like this bag addict had the cred to weigh in on a wonderful pattern. Anna, the author of the nifty blog Noodlehead (http://www.noodle-head.com) is the genius behind this bag design.
The bag can be sewn in two main versions, one with an inset top zipper closure and one without. Four of the bags I have made have the inset zipper and the current version I am working on is without one.
My favorite parts of this bag are the little details. There is a useful front pocket that has a magnetic closure. Anna gives a helpful tutorial on how to insert and secure the magnetic closures that I have since used in other projects (tutorial here: http://www.noodle-head.com/2013/05/magnetic-snap-tutorial.html)
The inside pockets and the inset top zipper are other design features that I really appreciate. They make the bag appear very professional.
The only modifications I have made are to add a stiffer Pellon fusible interfacing in my later bags (I tend to like pretty sturdy bags) and in the above bag I added a fabric flower embellishment. (tutorial here: http://pm-betweenthelines.blogspot.fr/2012/07/denim-flowers-diy.html) In my latest bag, I plan to add a removable linen flower pin. You can see examples in my flicker photos. I have seen several other adaptations by others that I would love to try as well: quilt as you go cover, embroidery on the front pocket, etc.
I heartily recommend Anna’s bag pattern which can be purchased here: http://www.noodle-head.com/2013/05/super-tote-pattern.html