Sunday, 15 April 2018

Noodlehead poolside tote


A while back Harriet from sewmesunshine wanted feedback on new things to stock in her online habedashery. I suggested some canvas weight fabrics as I'd like to give bag making a go.

I've liked the look of Anna Graham's Noodlehead pattern range for a while. Her bag patterns come with the added bonus that you can sell your finished wares.

When I saw that sewmesunshine had started stocking a cotton canvas called 'relaxing on the beach' I had to purchase a metre! It's a cotton canvas with a small sunbathers and parasols pattern on a natural background.


So I had my canvas for a bag, which pattern to choose? It was immediately obvious that this fabric would make the perfect bag for holidays. Looking through the noodlehead patterns available the poolside tote seemed the perfect match. Described as a roomy tote that can hold 4 beach towels I hit add to cart right away!


 I chose the PDF format but paper copies are available from some UK stockists. I don't normally like PDF patterns that are A4 only but at 13 pages of which only 6 are your pattern pieces it wasn't a cut and stick nightmare!

The thing that drew me to the noodlehead range was all the bags seem to have been designed so that you can really show off different prints. The poolside tote is no exception. I decided to use 3 different fabrics on my tote; 'relaxing on the beach', a cotton linen in 'pool' colourway and a quilting cotton 'Norrland ice mid blue'


The bag was a quick and easy make, the most difficult bit was deciding which fabric to put where. After much deliberation I used the solid linen for the interior lining and handles, the quilting cotton for the pocket linings and facing and that fabulous relaxing on the beach canvas centre stage as the exterior. I also chose to interface my exterior fabric in a fusible fleece as I wanted it to add a little extra body to the bag. I didn't interface any of the other pieces.


Ive already taken my poolside tote on a family trip to the local pool and can confirm it stood up to the test of multiple towels, clothes and swim toys. Hopefully it's next use will be in an exotic beach location...probably not!



I think this could be a great tote for carrying your craft stash or an alternative to a nappy bag. Im already looking at fabric combinations to make another. 
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