Thursday, December 29, 2011

241 Tote

I normally try to find free tutorials/patterns online for the bags I make. However... once I saw the 241 Tote over at Noodlehead I knew it was a pattern I'd like to buy. Apparently I'm not the only one since I've seen many of these online. I used white linen & Modern Meadow fabric by Joel Dewberry for this project. I absolutely LOVE this fabric & have had it tucked away for a little while now. I knew it would be perfect for this project.

Here is my finished bag...
Dogwood Bloom 241 Tote

And the interior...
Dogwood Bloom 241 Tote (inner)

This pattern is written tutorial style (plenty of explanations for each step & lots of photos).  It was super quick & easy - I made the purse in 1 day. I really enjoyed using this pattern & have already cut out the pieces for 3 more! A few notes - this was my first time using linen and I really liked it for the outer pockets & strap. Also, I used lightweight interfacing on the lining pieces, strap & all pockets. I used fusible fleece for the outer pieces. I think this combination gives the bag nice structure. I also added an extra pocket (5" x 7") to the interior of the bag.

I LOVE how it turned out & I can't wait to try out my new bag!