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A few weeks ago, the folks at Craftsy asked me if I’d be interested in reviewing a tote bag pattern for them. I thought it was pretty cute, so I agreed. As a disclaimer, Craftsy sent me the pattern and fabric kit at no charge in exchange for my honest review of this pattern.
The pattern that I worked on was the 241 Tote by Noodlehead. The fabrics in the kit are cute and modern, and there was an ample amount of each fabric. I chose to make the body and handles of the tote in the gray and use the orange and navy floral for the accents and pockets, but there was enough fabric in the kit that you could choose to switch that around if you wanted.
My daughter came over one day to help me with the cutting. Of course, we ended up chatting too much and didn’t get a lot done, lol.
I assembled the tote this past Saturday. I would say that it took me less than 4 hours total (cutting and sewing), and I found the pattern quite easy to follow. If you have sewn one or 2 garments, you should be able to complete this pattern no problem. It requires fusible interfacing and making darts- again, if you are familiar at all with garment sewing, this should be familiar to you. This is described as an “advanced beginner” pattern and I would agree with that description. The seam allowances are 3/8″, not the 1/4″ that quilters are most familiar with.
The pattern has an option for a zippered pocked, which I did not do, and I also realized that I did not have a magnetic closure for the top, so I left that out as well. You could add a button and loop closure instead, or probably even Velcro if you wanted. The pattern suggests using canvas to give more body to the handle, which I did not have, so I used a piece of batting, which seemed to work fine.
Now that I’ve made this pattern, I think I could whip one up in about 3 hours (without adding the zipper pocket or the closure.) I might even try to add a little appliqued flower or something to the front. Even though it’s not described as a “reversible” tote, I think the inside came out pretty cute, too:
If you would like to purchase the kit and pattern, you can find it here. (Last I checked, it was on sale for only $12.37 for both the pattern and the fabric.)
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