Saturday, August 20, 2011

241 tote review - Travel Handmade

Travel
Handmade with The Sewing Summit


This post is part of the
Travel Handmade series, for more great travel bag posts click here!

 

Hey all!  Guess what, I made some bags!  It is true, I did.  It was nice, venturing away from quilts a bit.  It has been awhile, so it was a welcome break.

Here are my 241 Totes, I made them this past week.  My talented friend Anna sent me her pattern months ago, right when she first released it, and I knew right away that I wanted to make a bunch of them.  As always, Anna's pattern is well written, thorough, and easy to follow.  This is a fun little tote that has two options for customizing: zipper pockets in the front or open side pockets.


The first bag I made is out of Anna Maria Horner's latest line, Loulouthi.  I used the zipper option for this one.  I love the two slash pockets in the outside of the bag, they are perfect for small items like keys and a cell phone.  The zippers were pretty easy to put in.  While I've sewn many zippers in the past, this was a new method for me.  I didn't even have to get my zipper foot out!  Bonus. :)

 
For my second tote, I used Joel Dewberry's Aviary 2.  I tried out the side pocket option for this one.  They are very easy to make, and if you are a little nervous about this zippers, this option is for you.  I liked adding a third fabric into the mix.

 
Both bags are fully lined with no exposed seams.  Inside there is a slip pocket and a magnetic closure.  I was happy I had a few of those laying around, they add a nice finishing touch.

I highly recommend the 241 tote pattern.  It is a versatile, customizable bag, and it is great for sewers of any level.  I will be taking one of these with me to the Sewing Summit for a project bag, and the other one will be a Christmas gift for a family member.  Now the hardest decision of all... which one should I keep for myself?? 

Happy sewing!
xo Angela

24 comments:

  1. Wow-when I first saw this post I thought "ok...another bag...ho hum."
    BUT!!! This is just what I've been wanting! The second one with the side pockets is one I've been thinking about in my head and just wishing it had been put into a pattern that I don't have to search forever to find! And you made them in such pretty fabrics! They are both beautiful, Angela! I think I'm going to have to get that pattern! Thanks for the review!

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  2. Oooh I bought the pattern earlier this week, and some Melody Miller Ruby Star Spring - can't wait now!

    Christmas pressies - you genius; people can only accommodate so many quilts!

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  3. they're both beautiful Angela! I wouldn't know which one to keep either!
    I just finished my own 241 tote love love love the pattern!

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  4. Eeek, Angela your bags turned out so cute! I really need to get moving on mine! Love them both, that's a hard choice! :)

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  5. Those are gorgeous! I especially love the one with AMH fabric! wow, I've had my eye on this pattern for a while now. I definitely need to make one.

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  6. I love them both! That is such a great pattern!!!

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  7. i really love the lou lou thi one- and your zipper is gorgeous!

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  8. They turned out so nicely! I love the Loulouthi one, too. Nice job!

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  9. These are gorgeous! I'd seen the pattern but not got around to buying it until I read this today. Can't wait to get making!

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  10. Your bags turned out great! Love the fabric combinations.

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  11. This is such a great pattern! I've made and sold a butt load of them :)

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  12. Gorgeous!! Just found you through flickr... HOW HAVE I NOT FOUND YOU BEFORE!!! xx Your newest follower!! xx Bec... Chasing Cottons xx

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  13. I don't buy many bag patterns, but totally just bought this one!! the second one with the contrasting poockets in purple and aqua threw me over the edge! Too good!

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  14. Oh I love these! I just want to toss my keys & phone in there and take it on home! I definitely need to pick up this pattern.

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  15. oh angela! i love these so much! the fabrics you picked are amazing. and thank you for the kind words, I appreciate it!!! :)

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  16. Great bags Angela! Hard to choose which to keep I bet!

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  17. I have been holding onto this pattern - I think I have to make one soon after seeing yours - gorgeous! Keep the yellow one:)

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  18. Love both of them!! i hadn't realized that there was a zipper option - that is so cool!! :)

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  19. omg! I love them! This bag pattern has revived my passion for bag making. Can't wait to try it myself.

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  20. I love the fabrics you choose for these- that is one of the things I like so much about this pattern- you can easily change the look by changing fabrics. Great job!

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  21. Definitely a great pattern. I like it both ways!

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  22. I saw this post a few weeks ago and ordered the pattern and tonight I made my version, you can view it on my blog here http://quiltedhugsandothernonsense.blogspot.com/
    I certainly will be making a bunch more of these. I love your purple one with the birds. I must hunt for that fabric, its lovely.

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  23. I think this is the first time I've seen it with zipper pockets - that may be my favorite option out of the 2. Love your fabric choices too!

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