Maker’s Tote ~ A Finish

Maker's Tote, pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

My first Maker’s Tote (pattern purchased from Noodlehead) is officially finished. I think my daughter is going to love it! Anna’s pattern comes with directions in two sizes, a small and a large. This is the small, but as you can see, it still fits a lot of stuff! I loaded it with things my daughter likes to take on trips – headphones, markers, a book, a sketchpad, a stuffed animal…no problem fitting it all and zipping it up. I also can just squeeze in an 8-1/2″ x 10″ coloring book. On my son’s tote, I’m raising the zipper 1/4″ to make it a bit easier to fit.

Maker's Tote, pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This was a fun pattern to make. I can always count on Anna to challenge me, in a good way. With this bag, I successfully completed two new-to-me zipper installations.

Maker's Tote, pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The first was this zipper in the middle of the outer panel. I was so nervous to cut into my fabric, as I had just spent a really long time getting it ready with all the quilting. But it worked!

The second was the top zipper, installed with zipper tape. It was much easier than I anticipated! One of the reasons I decided to do quilt-as-you-go on the outer fabric was I wanted to camouflage the two horizontal zipper tape stitching lines that appear on the outside of the tote. I think it worked – you can hardly notice them.

Maker's Tote, pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I left off the outer snap pocket on my Maker’s Totes. My kids seem genuinely confused by why they would need snap pockets on their Cargo Duffles. So I decided not to bother this time, even though I think they are adorable.

Maker's Tote, pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I mentioned a few details in my progress post earlier this week, but in case you missed that, here is a summary of the fabrics and minor changes I made to the pattern.

Outer : Carrie BloomstonPaint fabric line – Brushes in Inky
Lining : Carrie BloomstonStory fabric line – Stars in Hot Pink
Pockets : Carrie BloomstonPaint fabric line – Palette in Spackle
Trim : Carrie BloomstonPaint fabric line – Patina in Aqua

1. Quilt as You Go for the outer panels. I quilted directly onto the interfacing specified in the pattern.
2. Added stitched lines 5/8″ apart on the inner flat pocket to create a marker holder.
3. Left off the outer snap pocket.
4. Finished the handles by stitching straight lines 1/4″ apart and leaving them flat.

Maker's Tote, pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This first tote probably took me about 8 hours total for cutting, quilting and assembling. This was my first time reading the pattern, so that always takes time. The quilt-as-you-go step that I added was a significant chunk of time, as was the stitched lines for the marker holder. The binding took an hour or so to stitch on as well.

I’ve made a second tote already for my son (will share next week), and it probably took 5 hours total So I’m getting faster! I definitely recommend the Maker’s Tote pattern if you have a few bags under your belt and are looking for a great handmade gift – for a friend or yourself!



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    December 10, 2015

    What a perfect bag for kid travel! Yours is beautiful– thank you for sharing your modifications, which would be perfect for my 9 year old’s bag as well.

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    December 10, 2015

    It’s brilliant ! The outer fabric is a perfect choice

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    Anja @ Anja Quilts

    December 10, 2015

    It’s amazing. I may need to get this pattern. Great job!

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    Lynne Tilley

    December 10, 2015

    So cute! I love your fabric choices and that bag design is awesome. I’ll have to purchase that one. I could use one of these myself for my own coloring addiction 🙂

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    December 10, 2015

    Love, love, love this tote! The pattern is cool and the fabrics are perfect. Your children are going to love them. You make sewing look so easy…thanks for the inspiration!

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    Daniela D

    December 10, 2015

    This is lovely! Beautiful job!!

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    December 10, 2015

    It`s just fantastic!

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    December 10, 2015

    Cool. I appreciate hearing how it went for you as it’s on my list!

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    December 10, 2015

    This is so well made. Thanks for sharing your process and modifications. This is definitely on my “to do” list.

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    December 10, 2015

    I am many times the age of your daughter and i would still be thrilled to find such a cool bag with a stash of my favorite things in it. It may be hard to top next year, but I bet this is one of the best loved gifts this Christmas. Thanks for the recap, as well as info on how long it took you to do it.

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    December 11, 2015

    This is awesome!! Thanks for sharing.

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    Peggy P

    December 11, 2015

    Looks amazing. Want to make me one? (Ha ha, just kidding)

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    Diane in VA

    December 11, 2015

    Faith it’s so wonderful! Your outter zipper looks dynamite…..and I know your kiddo’s feel the love you put into that 5 hours:)

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    Rita Long

    December 11, 2015

    I just love the fabric you used and the bag turned out great. You are talented

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    Cindy-Live a Colorful Life

    December 11, 2015

    This looks great, Faith! And so of course I went right over to Anna’s site and purchased the pattern!

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    December 12, 2015

    the best!!! seriously Faith, you rule. Love it and all the little things you did to personalize it! 🙂

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    Marietta Walker

    December 12, 2015

    I love how you made the pockets into marker slots. I want one just like y ou made! You have done a beautiful job. Very cool!

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    July 2, 2016

    Wonderful, i fell in love with your awesome tote.


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