Last month, I tried my hand at a new bag. I have made several clutches, pouches, and tote bags in the past, but it was time to use a real pattern. I wanted a purse that would be large enough to hold my wallet and a few choice items; I'm typically a large bag carrier and I am tired of hauling things around! Granted, having a small purse usually forces me to bring along another tote bag to most things... but I digress. I'm happy to show off my new 241 tote bag (pattern by Noodlehead, aka Anna Graham).
I made a second one simultaneously for my friend Julie's birthday! She loves Paris and the color red, She hardly ever carries purses, but I figured if she ever needed to, she would have a small one to tote around in style. :) Note: it saves time to make two bags at once (kind of like chain sewing) but it did draw out my bag-making time to a few days! I was itching to get back to quilts when I was done. :)
The pattern was very well written and clear. For someone who doesn't usually follow patterns (and especially bag patterns), I appreciated this. It was also my first time installing hardware into anything and Anna made it so. easy. My CJMQG friends also encouraged me to do it. Also, I really enjoy using the side pockets. I loved carrying this bag with me everywhere this summer!
I couldn't help picking up some of this Rainwalk Canvas (the two fabrics on the left - also by Anna). The curvy motif was perfect for me. Not pictured: blue orange peels in the lining. ;) I can't stop - I won't apologize.
The two bags together. Note #2: it is difficult to find a place in your house with good light to photograph two bags hanging together!
We tried to take a nice selfie with our new bags and kind of failed. But here is is nevertheless. :)