Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Noodlehead Supertote: Is it really that super?

Last year I picked up the pattern for Noodlehead's Supertote and finally made one a few weeks ago.  It's a very popular pattern because frankly, it lives up to its name.  It truly is super!  Let me explain:

1. Directions are amazing. Once you've picked out your fabric, it's a fairly quick sew.  There are great illustrations and clearly written instructions.  If you've never sewn a zipper before, don't sweat it, you can do it.

2. The tote can hold a large amount for its size.  During a recent vacation we went vinyl record hunting on our way to the airport to catch our return flight.  The tote already contained my hexagon travel kit, bottle of water, iPad, electronic chargers, fabric, large wallet and a few other miscellaneous items.  Yet I was able to fit records and still zip the bag closed.

3. The possibilities of color combinations are endless and the tote looks wonderful either with a few fabric selections, or tons of patchwork.

Now that I've sung its praises here are a few lessons learned from my Supertote experience:

1. Use all the interfacing that you can.  Ok, well maybe not ALL the interfacing that you can, but when in doubt, use the interfacing.  With mine I did quilted exterior panels but did not add interfacing and wish I had.  I used denim for the gusset and handles, but wish I had added an additional layer of interfacing or used a heavier weight of interfacing.  I love my bag, but it doesn't have the structure that I want. There are great instructions in the pattern regarding the interfacing.

2. Don't be afraid to do it.  Seriously, the hardest part was picking the fabric and figuring out where each which piece went where on the bag.  I've never sewn a bag this complicated and have to admit I had to look up the word "gusset."  It is a great bag with clear instructions.

3. Do a "noodlehead supertote" search on the internet (or check out the Flickr group) to get tips and ideas.  There is a wealth of knowledge and inspiration available.

All in all, it truly is a super tote and lives up to its name.  I recommend you try it for yourself!  You can buy the pattern here.

What are your favorite bag patterns?  Or do you make your own patterns?

(Please note that I am not affiliated with Noodlehead and did not receive any compensation for this post.  The ideas and thoughts are my own).


  1. I made one, and also love it. It is for my niece, who is a nanny for little twins. Stylish for the young, and yet holds so much! Your bag is really pretty! I love the piecing!

  2. Love how this came out. Your patchwork sides look great! Good to know about the interfacing. I also like a structured bag.

  3. I like the colors of your bag and enjoyed reading the review. If I ever make a bag, I'll take a look at Noodlehead's patterns first because I've heard the directions are always very clear.


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