My most worn handmade items that get very little attention are my handmade bags. I wear a handmade tote bag every single day to work. While I love designer purses, they just aren’t meant to carry all the things one needs to get through work in a day!
When I started sewing last year, I found the Noodlehead patterns to be so cute and made the Go Anywhere Bag which I included in my last minute gift guide for Christmas last year. I wore that through the winter and then made myself a basic tote bag that I’ve been carrying ever since. With our trip to Disney World last week, I decided to make myself a summer travel bag and thought the Noodlehead Super Tote was a perfect travel bag!
The Super Tote is a tote with so many smart features including an optional recessed zipper, roomy interior pocket, front exterior pocket and a gusseted side. I like that there were a lot of options to make the bag however you wanted it to be. I wanted to add the recessed zipper but realized too late in the process I only had invisible zippers in the right size. I added the interior pocket and the exterior pocket options.
When I first started sewing, I really only wanted to make knitting project bags, so I bough a couple different home decorating fabrics and they have never gotten used. I decided to dig into that stash for this project and I think they were the perfect fit for the project!
When making bags, I struggle with picking out the right interfacing, and I definitely didn’t use the right interfacing on this. The straps need a much stiffer interfacing but other than that, it worked – just probably not the “best” choices.
I recently bought a Cricut and have been just a huge fan of it recently. I’ve made vinyl decals for my Yeti, for some baby onesies and tons of monograms for myself and others. I thought this tote for my upcoming trip just wasn’t complete without a monogram!
I used the Cricut Iron-On Gold Vinyl and made a monogram that was large enough to cover the exterior pocket in Cricut Design Space. I used a free font “Monogram KK” from dafonts.com to get a loopy monogram font that I really loved.
I love how easy the Cricut is to use – I made the iron on vinyl monogram in about 10 minutes. Then I just ironed it right on to the tote. I can’t wait till the Cricut Easy Press comes out later this month because it will make ironing on the vinyl so much easier!
I have some other Cricut projects in the works for this month – if you have any questions about the Cricut leave them below! Also, if you wanted to purchase a Cricut of your own, you can get 10% off an Air or Air 2 (including bundles this month with the code AUGUSTAIR at checkout!
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