NAUGHTY-CAL NOODLEHEAD 241 TOTE

Naughty-cal Weekender and Naughty-cal 241 Tote made by Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com. Pattern for Weekender by Amy Butler. Pattern for 241 Tote by Noodlehead.

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.

Naughty-cal Weekender and Naughty-cal 241 Tote made by Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com. Pattern for Weekender by Amy Butler. Pattern for 241 Tote by Noodlehead.

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.

Naughty-cal Weekender and Naughty-cal 241 Tote made by Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com. Pattern for Weekender by Amy Butler. Pattern for 241 Tote by Noodlehead.

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.

Laptop sleeve designed and made Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com. Laptop sleeve features Cotton + Steel and copper snake skin vinyl.

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.

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6 Comments

  1. Serena@Sewgiving January 21, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    I bet you get people stopping you all the time asking “Where did you get your bag ?” – lovely !

  2. Alyce {Blossom Heart Quilts} January 20, 2015 at 9:05 am

    I was drooling all over my iPad at your tote, and then I saw the laptop sleeve! That looks awesome! Trying some non-cotton textiles is on my list this year, maybe leather/faux leather, or something stunning like that!

  3. Michele @chelengeorge January 19, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    Your oversized 241 is to die for! I love the added piping, and they look so awesome together! I’m crazy about the laptop sleeve, too … added to my to do list!!

  4. Hayley January 19, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    Awesome bags. The 241 is also on my list. I made a trail tote not too long ago and got my strap adjusters from voodoo rabbit. They were very quick and the postage was cheap

  5. Ms Midge January 19, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    Both bags are seriously cool!!!

  6. Hilary January 19, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Amazing! I just bought the 241 pattern and I am looking forward to making it. I have heard amazing things about Noodlehead patterns.