TOTE-ally Mine!

I’ve been wanting a new tote! (Because I need another bag like I need a hole in my head:) I bought the Noodlehead 241 Tote pattern a few months ago, but I just could not find the time to make it. Soooo, as a birthday present to me, I took the whole day and made it with the guru on Friday!!
It is a great pattern! Very well written and full of detailed pictures. I’d heard nothing but excellent things about Noodlehead patterns and they proved to all be true!
Naturally, the guru did have a helpful hint for me. I still learn something new from her every time we sew together. There is a lot of top stitching on this pattern. My Bernina #10 foot was my best friend.
You know when you’re trying to press the fabric so that the lining doesn’t show and you can top stitch? This is a trick to make that easier! I used it for the pockets.
First sew the pieces together per the pattern instructions. Press open.

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Finger press both seam allowances to the lining side. (My fabrics are the same, but the exterior has interfacing, while the lining does not.)

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Lay the piece flat and sew just inside the lining. I used the #10 foot and moved my needle over two spots.

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You are stitching on the lining side. This makes the lining naturally go to the back.

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Look how flat and perfect it is! This picture is before I pressed it!!

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I pressed it and top stitched. Voila! No burnt fingers and a perfect edge:)

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And here’s my fun bag! I’m going to be making this again!!

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xo LC

6 thoughts on “TOTE-ally Mine!

  1. I love the fabric you chose !! And I agree, Noodlehead patterns are so easy to follow.
    I need to make this bag too, I already have my fabric, I just need time.

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