The Supertote by Noodlehead is as super as you’ve heard!! This is my first time using one of her patterns, and it definitely lived up to the reputation – quite thorough with nice details that make the bag special and functional. I actually made this bag as part of a class at a local shop – SEWN Studio. It was nice to have dedicated sewing time, especially for an intricate project like this. I learned some great tips along the way from our instructor and tried some new skills such as making piping and installing a recessed zipper.
I don’t really enjoy making straps and wanted something sturdy, so I picked up some jute webbing. Because I was only a day or two away from the scheduled class, I found this at Hancock in the upholstery section. Next time I will shop online where it is much, much less expensive.
I followed the pattern closely, but added just a couple of variations. I divided the inner pockets – one into two sections (large enough to fit diapers and wipes) and one into three sections (great for smaller items). I added an additional hidden pocket to the large outside pocket. It’s a small slip pocket near the top to hold my phone. I’m so glad I did. This bag is so large, I would never find my phone! I may add a clip for my keys for the same reason.
Initially, due to its size, I didn’t anticipate carrying this bag as my main purse/tote, but I have. It is large, yes, but not bulky at all. And it holds everything I need – regular purse stuff, plus my water bottle, toddler supplies, book, mail, etc. A magazine slips perfectly in the outside pocket.
I’ve carried this bag for over a month and have been happy. I will add a key clip as mentioned. One thing I will pay closer attention to next time is slightly increasing the size of the lining (top to bottom dimension). I seemed to have sewn it slightly smaller than the outer bag. When the bag is loaded up, the top of the bag sort of pulls inward as you can hopefully see in the photo below. Adding a little length should solve that issue.
Next up, I plan to make a slightly downsized Supertote with a cross-body strap for my 9-year old.