Friday, May 18, 2012

A new summer bag

Sorry I've been MIA for he last little while. I've been swamped with work, and while I've been sewing when I can at home, I haven't taken the time to blog about anything I've been working on. I finally took photos yesterday afternoon, which was lucky because it's been raining all day today. Hopefully, I'll get a few posts up about my projects over the next week or so. Today, I'd like to show you my brand spankin' new bag that I made myself on Mother's Day. (A nice way to pamper myself, don't you think?)

241 Tote

I bought the 241 Tote pattern by Anna at Noodlehead a week or so ago as I was trying to decide on a new purse/bag. I've been eyeing her pattern for a while, but wasn't in need of a new purse until a couple weeks ago when the lining of my purse ripped pretty badly. I ordered a half yard of the blue typewriter print from Melody Miller's Ruby Star Shining line a couple weeks ago, and after seeing Jeni's 241 tote on Instagram, I thought I'd make a similar version with the blue colorway (she used the pink one).

241 Tote

I paired it with some Metro Living Circles and some Hometown News. This style of bag lends itself well to a longer strap, so I used webbing and some hardware to make an adjustable strap. When I want to be hands-free, I can throw it over my head. But, it's nice to also have the option of just slinging it onto my shoulder too. It was a fun challenge to figure out how to make the strap come together. I definitely felt like I was working on some tricky engineering problem.

241 Tote

I didn't take any photos of the inside because I already had all my stuff in it and didn't want to take everything out for the photo-op. I added an extra pocket on the inside with a couple of seams for pens, hand sanitizer, and my work key card. The outside side pockets are perfect for my keys, sunglasses, and cell phone.

This is such a great pattern and I'm really happy with the result.


Katie B. said...

Love everything about this bag! The fabrics are great, and I love the strap!

Bree said...

I love it! I just finished up my own bag with the same pattern last night & added a long adjustable strap as well. You're right, it's perfect for this bag.

Gill said...

Love it!
I have this pattern but I haven't started it yet! I like the webbing for the strap but it's not easy to find here in decent widths! I really like the striped webbing Cath Kidston uses for her bags!

felicity said...

It looks fab, Brooke!

Wendy said...

Such a fab bag, love that typewriter print

Jessica said...

I love this bag . . . love the typewriter fabric and the fact it's adjustable. My next bag needs to be adjustable. Where did you get the hardware and webbing?

Julie B. said...

I'm in the middle of making this bag too with some great fall colors and prints. Can you tell me how you did the adjustable strap or refer me to a tute? Do you get the webbing on etsy?


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