Noodlehead Super Tote-apalooza

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.

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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.

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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)

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The inside pockets and the inset top zipper are other design features that I really appreciate. They make the bag appear very professional.

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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.

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I heartily recommend Anna’s bag pattern which can be purchased here: http://www.noodle-head.com/2013/05/super-tote-pattern.html

2 thoughts on “Noodlehead Super Tote-apalooza

  1. love all these. I’m getting ready to make one — would you mind saying what interfacing(s) you have used on these, and which you were most happy with?

    1. Hi Jenny! Thanks for asking. For the first three bags, I used the recommended Pellon 808 Craft Fusible interfacing. In the 4th, I used a mid weight fusible that I have run out of. I think it was the Pellon Thermolam. For the latest bag(my favorite interfacing but the hardest on my machine) I used Peltex 71 single sided fusible. When top stitching the top of the bag I couldn’t sew through the 4 layers of interfacing at the middle sides (only for 1cm) so had to hand stitch down. Saving my pennies for an industrial Juki. 🙂

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