I made a Super Tote a while back, and I love it! It's a bit on the large side, but I've been using it for my purse the past month. I do enjoy having everything I need while we're out.
I've been experimenting with new fabric options lately. I added faux leather to the sides and handles of this guy. While it was a bit of a pain to work with, I really like the structure and stability it adds to the bag. The other fabrics I used are all from Cotton & Steel. I also used Essex linen for the neutral. The lion print is a heavier weight which I loved sewing with.
I made several small changes as I created this bag. The first was adding this pocket panel to the front pocket. I simply cut a shorter piece the same size as the side section and added the divisions. It makes the front pocket much more functional. I do plan to make another Super Tote in the nearish future. I will likely add side pockets to both the front and back for more small storage. Because I only had 1/2 yard of the lion print, I opted to line this pocket with linen I already hand on hand rather than purchase additional fabric. It worked great, especially considering the linen lining isn't even visible when the pocket is closed.
The biggest pro/con with this bag is that it's deep--a little too deep, although I'm not sure I would change it. That's why I consider it both a pro and a con. It fits a lot of stuff, but things get lost in there.
Another addition I made was adding a zipper pocket inside. I always add these to my bags whether they have them in the pattern or not. It's a perfect pocket for small papers, receipts, bandaids, etc.
Finally, I added a keyfob. Because this bag is so deep, keys easily get lost. It's a simple addition that makes a huge difference. I made the strap long enough to allow the keys to rest on the bottom of the bag, but still allowing them to be easily fished out.
In my next bag, I will change the inside pockets. I'm not a huge fan of the poofy ones included in the pattern. I may keep the pockets on one side to corral things such as snacks, but will definitely remove at least one side pocket and replace with a panel pocket with slots. It's much more functional for my needs.
I adore the piping detail at the top of the side pocket.
I figured since I was writing this post and taking pictures of this bag, it was time to clean it out. This is what is currently in my purse. It holds a lot!
Definitely a keeper!
Pattern: Super Tote from Noodlehead (Anna Graham)
Fabrics: Cotton & Steel, Essex Linen, Faux Leather