When I made my Naughty-cal Weekender Bag for Sewvivor in August last year I absolutely loved it and wished that I could use it all the time, however it’s not really practical to use a Weekender Bag as an every day bag. So I’d been thinking about making myself a matching bag to use on my various travels. Inspired by Melissa’s (of Ms Midge) versions of the Noodlehead 241 Tote I decided to make my very own version.
I had a stash of Alexander Henry’s “Lost at Sea” (in the tea colour way) so I used it in the same way I’d done for the Naughty-cal Weekender and just made some improvisational patchwork to fit the panels that I needed.
I added piping to the pattern because I’m absolutely addicted to it and love the crispness it adds to the edges. I extended the bag strap to make it long enough to use as a cross body bag. I wish I’d had access to some strap adjusters (and will be searching for some in my travels) so I could make the strap more user friendly.
I opted for plain side pockets instead of making more anchors, not because I don’t love the anchors more because the size didn’t really allow for me to add them. Speaking of size, this version is the pattern blown up to 140% – I found the pattern at 100% was just a little too small for all the “essential” items I need to carry around.
I’m really smitten with both of these bags and loved using them when we traveled at Christmas time. (I may be a little crazy obsessed with keeping them clean and was a little paranoid about storing them in the overhead locker… but that aside I loved carting them around.)
As well as making my Noodlehead 241 Tote I whipped up a new laptop sleeve for my 13″ Macbook Pro.
I had so much fun making this sleeve. I used a copper snake skin vinyl (that I just can’t get a good photo of!) and teamed it with some Cotton + Steel that I had in the stash. It’s a really simple zippered pouch and I lined it with a double layer of white flannel (need to keep my laptop from getting scratched). I really love it and it fits rather nicely into my Noodlehead 241 Tote (For those that are curious, I got my laptop skin at Society 6.)
All in all, I feel rather happy now when I’m lugging my things around to exciting places like the grocery store and post office.