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New! Explorer Tote Pattern

New! Explorer Tote Pattern - Noodlehead

New! Explorer Tote Pattern - Noodlehead

New! Explorer Tote Pattern - Noodlehead

New! Explorer Tote Pattern - Noodlehead

New! Explorer Tote Pattern - Noodlehead

New! Explorer Tote Pattern - Noodlehead

I’m very happy to introduce my newest pattern today, the Explorer Tote! I’ve been working on this pattern on and off since the end of 2015, whew that’s a long time, and I’m glad it’s finally ready to share. A couple quick notes about the Explorer Tote pattern:

  • two sizes to sew! The large size is great for traveling and overnight trips and the small is ideal for an everyday bag
  • one front pocket (covered by flap) and back exterior pocket divided into 3 sections (large) or 2 sections, large divided interior slip pocket
  • open top or recessed zipper closure option, flap with closure provides extra security for both

New! Explorer Tote Pattern - Noodlehead

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New! Explorer Tote Pattern - Noodlehead

New! Explorer Tote Pattern - Noodlehead

New! Explorer Tote Pattern - Noodlehead

New! Explorer Tote Pattern - Noodlehead

I felt really strongly about making this tote bag a highly functional and useful carry all. I went through so many different versions of this bag before ultimately deciding that these two sizes and styles were the most optimal for all uses. I do like the large size for use as an overnight bag or a carry-on or if you just like carrying a large bag, whereas the small size (which isn’t small necessarily) is a great everyday tote that will even fit a laptop in it’s case (and more!) – making it ideal for taking to school or the office.

New! Explorer Tote Pattern - Noodlehead

The optional zippered top was a huge factor for me in this design – it was a must-have. I personally don’t prefer to carry bags with zip tops, but will make this an exception because this zipper when it’s not in use, is not in the way at all. So, when I use my Explorer tote for an everyday bag I can leave it open, but if I’m traveling I can zip it secure. Instructions are included if you’re not in need of a recessed zip as well!

New! Explorer Tote Pattern - Noodlehead

A special feature of this pattern is the waxed canvas. I can’t recommend it enough. Actually, it’s by far my most preferred fabric choice for the contrast bottom/flap portion of this bag and therefore the only fabric type I have listed in recommended fabrics section for the Contrast Bottom fabric requirement. If you’ve never worked with waxed canvas have no fear. It’s not as complicated as you might think. I’ve included a bunch of tips for using waxed canvas right within the pattern. Because the canvas is waxed it makes for such a durable bag. The wax makes the canvas stiff yet pliable as well as being a protectant from dirt and grime. In fact, you don’t even use interfacing with it (saving you both time and money), so if at first you’re thinking it’s a bit more costly than regular canvas, you might want to reconsider. However, if you’d prefer to use regular canvas, I’ve given specific instructions within the pattern for using that as well.

New! Explorer Tote Pattern - Noodlehead

Here are some shops that I love and recommend that carry waxed canvas by the yard. I use mostly a 10-12 oz. weight from AL Frances Textiles.

Fancy Tiger Crafts
Drygoods Designs
Gather Here
AL Frances Textiles on Etsy

I hope you’ll take the time to try waxed canvas! If you have any questions about this tote please let me know in the comments. p.s. If you’re a shop owner that carries waxed canvas let me know, I’d love to add you to this list! I should also mention (and maybe I can put something together for a future post) that you can wax your own canvas, Otterwax is one brand I’ve seen people use.

New! Explorer Tote Pattern - Noodlehead

Lastly, the turn lock on the flap is so handy! It’s easy to use (bonus!) and easy to install and looks great, too! I purchased the ones for my samples from Janelle over at Emmaline Bags, although in the pattern I’ve linked to a few more sources as well. I really prefer the type that have the mini screws that secure the face plate of the turn lock. I hope you’ll give it a try if you’ve never used one before, they’re a lot like installing a magnetic snap!

New! Explorer Tote Pattern - Noodlehead

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For the large sample shown I want to point out that I swapped out the fabric handles (as called for in the instructions/materials) for leather ones, it’s an easy swap, so if you feel that leather is right for your project – go for it.

New! Explorer Tote Pattern - Noodlehead

Thanks so much for your support and enthusiasm! I cannot wait to see what you make! Tag your creations #explorertote on Instagram!

New! Explorer Tote Pattern - Noodlehead

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Coming Soon – Explorer Tote!

Coming Soon - Explorer Tote! - Noodlehead

Hello there! I thought I would pop in quick to let you know I have a new pattern coming out in a few days. It’s called the Explorer Tote and I hope you’ll love it as much as I do. It’s been a work in progress for so long that I am grateful to finally let it out into this world. It comes in two sizes (this one is the large) and is loaded with great features that I can’t wait to tell you more about and show you!

My family helped me out in a big way to get these wintry pictures. It took some serious dedication, but was super fun at the same time. We hiked up to a great little spot where we do a lot of mountain biking and hiking in the non-snowy months. I have yet to get up there though with my fat tire bike. Anyway, this winter day was pretty mild compared to the temps we’ve been having, so I’m very thankful the weather cooperated.

Coming Soon - Explorer Tote! - Noodlehead

Coming Soon - Explorer Tote! - Noodlehead

I’ll see you back here at the end of the week with the pattern! Thank you so much for all your enthusiasm and support.

Coming Soon - Explorer Tote! - Noodlehead

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Green Waxed Canvas Tote

Green Waxed Canvas Tote - Noodlehead

I was lucky enough to be included in a little gift exchange with my friends this year. Gosh, I can’t tell you how awesome it is to have a group of friends that like doing the same things as you. I’ve definitely missed that connection since my college days and this group of friends really makes me so happy. I hope I don’t sound like I’m bragging, but I feel super lucky.

Green Waxed Canvas Tote - Noodlehead

Green Waxed Canvas Tote - Noodlehead

So for my main item, I gifted my friend Jacey a green waxed canvas tote! It makes me so happy to make these! I used my own pattern (that you can find in the FAUNA issue of Making, grab a copy here or check your local yarn or quilt shop) and just loved every second of stitching this one up. The waxed canvas is so fun to work with (and I’ve got a new pattern coming up next weeks that uses some, I think you’re going to love it!!!!) and I love the results. I’ve been getting all my waxed canvas from AL Frances Textiles on Etsy, and I have to admit I’ve really stocked up on all the colors, they’re so good! I love the durability and the rugged broken-in look, plus the smell is just amazing – beeswax!

Green Waxed Canvas Tote - Noodlehead

The lining was one I’ve hoarded for too long. It’s a chambray by Robert Kaufman which I love so much! And topped it off with some leather handles (it’s not a color I carry at the moment, but cinnamon is very similar) attached with rivets.

Green Waxed Canvas Tote - Noodlehead

I know this’ll be a super durable and easy to use tote for Jacey and I was so happy to make it for her. Of course I included some other fun goodies in her package, too but didn’t snap a pic of those!Green Waxed Canvas Tote - Noodlehead


Pattern: Wax + Wool Tote (found in the Making: FAUNA issue,
coming as a separate PDF to my shop in the early spring)
Fabric: waxed canvas from AL Frances Textiles, Robert Kaufman Cotton Dots chambray in Indigo
Leather Handles: from my shop (I have all colors back in stock now!! yay!)
Rivets: Minkus Margo


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