My first Noodlehead Super Tote!

Jun 17, 2016

This week I finished my first ever Super Tote (pattern by Noodlehead). It wasn't my first Noodlehead bag by any means, but this was a different one for me. I've tried lots of her patterns and always love them. I like this one so much I am running a swap on Instagram between myself and a few dozen other ladies - we are swapping Super Totes! It is going to be so fun! 

You can follow along by searching for the #supertoteswap hashtag or followng me @amistabaker

I used Bonnie & Camille Vintage Picnic for the patchwork pocket, straps, and lining with a VERY cute text print called 'Define' from the Volume II line by Sweetwater for MODA. It has definitions of sewing terms with cute little illustrations. I adore it! The modifications I made to the pattern were: scaling it to 85% to make it cross body friendly (the original is very big), adding the hardware for cross body straps to be attached, and no inside stretchy pockets.

The main outer bag panels are made from Cotton + Steel Sparkle Canvas. Its a linen colored canvas with gorgeous subtle metallic shimmer on it. It makes the canvas look silver and slightly sparkly. Great movement and texture in sunlight! Seriously, if you haven't set eyes on this in person a picture will never ever do it justice. 

I chose Sew Lazy Stiff Stuff: Firm interfacing by Lazy Girl Designs for the outer bag panels and did not interface the lining or anything else... this stuff is great on it's own and does not need the extra layer of woven interfacing the pattern calls for. It holds its shape and has that "bounce back" effect when it gets folded. Its similar to Soft & Stable by Annie but much cheaper per yard.

Cotton + Steel Sparkle Canvas

Stuff Stuff: Firm by Lazy Girl Designs

'Define" print from Volume II fabric line by MODA

Ok, now on to some just straight up gorgeous shots of this bag, which was one of my 2016FAL goals, and I love so dearly. Im really happy with how it turned out and now I really cant wait to make a Super Tote for my partner in the swap. *The only thing I have left to do for mine is make a cross body strap.

Would you ever make one of these bags? What's your favorite bag to make?

Thanks so much for reading!


  1. Gorgeous bag Amista! I recently bought a noodlehead pattern for a different so was intersted to read what you used for the 'filling'. My pattern also calls for woven interfacing but when I found the equivalent over here, and the amount specified, it worked out really expensive ...... I really must get a wriggle on it with it though.

    1. Thank you! Stiff Stuff is great but its bulky in the seams really bad! Annie's Soft & Stable is pricier but lays flat in the seams and sews through nicely.

  2. After seeing that it has a a zipper closure...yes, I would make one of these! Yours is fantastic! The neutral fabrics for the outer bag and lining go great with Vintage Picnic!

  3. A tote bag makes a good all-rounder and simple to put together. I have my eye on Anna's bucket bag. Love the pattern but I am hesitating since it means I will have to buy the book. Your tote is lovely!

  4. Great bag, I love the fabrics you used! Thank you for participating in the FAL, on behalf of the 2016 global hosts.


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