Tuesday, February 3, 2015

My First Super Tote

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


  1. Just made one as well. Really like your modifications and thought about doing some of the same but in the end mostly followed the pattern. I too added a key fob. No matter what size my bags are I lose my keys! When I cleaned out my old bag and threw away all the stuff that's been carried and weighing me down these many months, there wasn't enough to fill up my SuperTote! lol! Guess I'll have to buy lots of stuff at Quiltcon to fill it!

  2. That is a great bag to carry. Since I have been quilting and sewing, I do not think I have brought a bag. Who needs MK and Coche when you can make your own.

  3. Beautiful bag! I'm not crazy about deep bags, either, as things always get lost. Still, this is lovely.

  4. I feel the same about zipper pockets, they are so worth the time to add one.
    Got the fabric from your de-stash today, thanks!

  5. I just LOVE that lion print! The bag looks awesome and very functional.

  6. Gorgeous tote! I have the pattern and I really need to make my own version!

  7. Sounds like you have completed changed this pattern-perhaps you want to write your own that included the changed dimensions and all your modifications!

  8. I have all the pieces cut out for a test run on this pattern, but now I'm thinking I need to make some of the modifications you did (like an outside pocket!). And I just ordered my Erin Condren planner last week so it's good to see how easily it fits inside this bag.

  9. I love your purse/bag. I am also glad to see you back! I have missed your blog. I am glad you are no longer missing because now I know you are not terminally ill, kidnapped, held in a federal pen, etc. My imagination isn't large at all.

  10. WoW! Spectacular! I bought my first large purse last summer (I'm 53). Before that I'd been a medium sized purse girl. Now I agree - it's a love hate relationship. It will hold EVERYTHING but it will hold EVERYTHING! Great job!

  11. Really love your bag! I tried this pattern once, and also added a zipper pocket. Fabric choices are perfect!

  12. I really like the fabrics you chose. And the added details are just perfect. I use my super tote every day for work - and it totally could use a clean out too! Now after using it, I can totally agree with you about the inside pockets. I do wish they were flatter. Some day I'll make another one and will have to include your additions. But for now, I'm still in love with my fabric choices - too precious to set aside. :)