New Pattern! The Buckthorn Backpack + Tote

Buckthorn Backpack + Tote Pattern - Noodlehead

Happy Saturday everyone! I’m so happy to introduce you to my newest pattern, the Buckthorn Backpack + Tote Pattern. This pattern has been so many months in the making! So it’s such a relief to finally be able to share it with you.

The timing of this pattern was a tough decision, one I don’t take lightly. The pattern was about 95% ready the week before COIVID-19 really hit most of the United States, just before most things closed down. I’ve gone through a full range of emotions and what-ifs since then. As I’m sure all of you have as well! My hope is that by sharing this pattern it might bring a small glimmer of hope, a few hours of escape, or the joyful feeling of making something with your two hands (whether for yourself or someone you love).

I want you to know that I am so excited to see your backpacks and totes that you make using this pattern! I have quite a few blog posts that I’ll be sharing in the next few weeks about some fun options and customizations for this pattern, so I hope you might find that inspiring as well.


Click here to purchase, grab your copy today through Monday (April 6th 10pm CST) for 20% off!


I love a list of features, so here’s one for the Backpack:

  • front exterior pocket, large interior pocket
  • flat base
  • zip top closure to keep your important belonging secure
  • adjustable straps
  • perfect for carrying tablets, small laptops, and/or notebooks

…and a list of features for the Tote!

  • front exterior pocket, large interior pocket
  • flat base
  • zip top closure to keep your important belonging secure
  • grab and go handles
  • perfect for projects, anything from knitting to embroidery to paper piecing and more!


Click here for more information and to purchase

Today through Monday (April 6th 10pm CST) pick up your copy for 20% off!

Pattern: Buckthorn Backpack + Tote Pattern
Fabrics: featuring Big Sur Canvas (by Robert Kaufman Fabrics, I ordered mine from Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics a month or so ago) and Waxed Canvas from Fabric Funhouse (I really love this waxed canvas!)

Also! You’ll find some new items in my shop, including many of the products you might need to complete either the backpack or the tote (or both!), including zippers, a hardware kit for the backpack, and cotton webbing for both the backpack and tote (*although instructions are included for making your own handles/strap from fabric, too! Lots of options with this pattern!). I also know that so many small business right now are struggling. So if you’re able, please also help support your local quilt shop. I know many are offering shipping and curbside service (where available).

Most importantly, I want everyone to know that I truly care about you. I hope you are well.

Take care,



Abstract Cottesloe Swim Suit for Emily

Abstract Cottesloe Swim Suit for Emily - pattern by Megan Nielsen PatternsWow, okay, so I’m just posting here to try and keep some normality in our lives. I want to let you know that with everything happening in the world right now, I think it’s so important to hold tight to the small things in life. I am so glad to be so fortunate to have sewing in my life. Thank you for connecting with me here over the years, without you this just wouldn’t exist. Your support and connection means everything.

A few months ago now my daughter Emily asked me to make her a suit like mine. First of all, I am so happy that she wanted a swim suit like the one that I had made! I mean, that’s just an amazing thing right there. Actually, Natalie wants one, too. So that’s next on the list of fun sewing projects. I jumped at the chance and bought the girls version of the Cottesloe Swim Suit by Megan Nielsen Patterns. I am thrilled that she has an adult and child version. It made it so easy!

Emily picked out this gorgeous abstract print that I had purchased through Spoonflower. I had originally bought it for myself, but after I made my gingham version, I didn’t make another (maybe this summer though!). I was very excited she loved the print! I had enough of the other supplies leftover from my suit, so it really was a project that was meant to be!

Emily helped with assembling the pattern pieces and then she hung out when we cut the fabrics and starting sewing. I ended up making two bottoms because the first size I made seemed too tight for her, so to help ease any worry that they wouldn’t feel comfortable to swim in, I made a second bottom. It was easy enough to make another, I’m just happy that I had enough fabric and elastic. She wore her suit to her school’s Winter Wellness day (basically it’s a reward day for middle schoolers where they get to pick from all sorts of fun activities to do for a day) to a nearby water park. She said the suit was great and I’m excited to see her wear it this summer, too.

Pattern: Mini Cottesloe Swim Suit by Megan Nielsen Patterns
Fabric: Sport Lycra from Spoonflower, design by Taisya Kordiukova
Elastics purchased from The Fabric Fairy


Green Hillside Tote

Green Waxer Canvas Hillside Tote - NoodleheadI didn’t mean to end up with a bunch of waxed canvas projects here, but it’s been fun playing around with it for sure. I’m excited about this small Hillside Tote in Olive Waxer Canvas. I think what I love most about using it is when I need a quick project. Because I don’t interface the waxed canvas part of the project it ends up saving time. Instead of a fully interfaced exterior I focus on using a sturdy lining, which lately has been Big Sur canvas. I recently ordered a bunch of colors from Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics, and it’s been so fun seeing them in person.

So I used Waxer Canvas for this Hillside Tote with a Big Sur canvas lining. And a leather fixed length strap because, it’s fast! I love it. I love a quick project that you can use right away! It’s fun to see a few rectangles of fabric, a zipper, leather and hardware come together in just an afternoon and end up as a useful bag.

Waxer Canvas and Big Sur Hillside Tote - Noodlehead

It’s been great experimenting with different types of waxed canvas, too. In fact, I just finished a prototype of an upcoming pattern using a dry waxed canvas that I purchased from Blackbird Fabrics (6.5 oz Dry Waxed Cotton Canvas, which looks like it’s sold out at the moment). I really enjoyed using it! Trying different substrates like this helps me choose fabrics for future projects, because they’re all different with different qualities so it’s nice to know for when I’m sewing up my next sample! I think that’s really been holding my interest lately, trying new types fabrics! If you’re unsure about a certain type of fabric, I’d highly recommend trying it! Start with a simple tote or zippered pouch and see how you like it. Starting with a low time/fabric commitment type project will give you a great feel for how you might makes changes to your next project. Experimenting is half the fun!

Pattern: Hillside Tote (mini)
Fabric: Waxer Canvas (Olive), Big Sur Canvas (Smokey Beige)
Hardware, zipper and leather straps (1″-wide by 54″, which are easy to customize to whatever length you’d need) available in my shop!

Green Hillside Tote - Noodlehead