241 Tote

21 Jan

A few months ago I posted about how much I loved Buzzmills version of the 241 Tote. Immediately after seeing her version of the purse I clicked over to Noodlehead and purchased the pattern.

I love the fact you can buy pdf versions of so many great sewing patterns on-line nowadays. Living in the Italian countryside has made it very difficult to get my hands on certain patterns for years so the fact that I can easily buy them online and print them out directly at home is just perfect.  Plus, the prices on most pdf patterns are much lower than buying one in a sewing or pattern shop.  The 241 Tote pattern costs $8 (approx. 6euro).
IMG_3925 The 241 Tote is a simple and straightforward pattern to follow. The pattern comes with several different features to choose from (pockets or zippers on the outside).  As the pattern is quite adaptable I opted to only include the pockets on the outside although it would be possible to have them on the inside as well.

IMG_3926I bought this lovely linen in Japan a few years ago (I think it’s Echino but am not certain) and have been patiently saving it for the perfect sewing project. Since it’s quite a bold pattern I paired it with a few solids and I love the result.  Come to think of it I really need to get back to Japan to find some new fabrics.
IMG_3932I even made a very bright version for my daughters.  This time I used a heavy (almost canvas) cotton from IKEA and some light cotton Petit Pan fabric (which I enforced with interfacing).  IMG_3931Definitely not a look for everyone but my daughters are in love with it!

 I’ll definitely be making a few more of these purses in the near future.


6 Responses to “241 Tote”

  1. Jane January 21, 2014 at 16:18 #

    Oh my goodness Jillian! I love love love your 241!! So pretty!

    • Jillian In Italy January 21, 2014 at 21:54 #

      Thank you for introducing me to the lovely pattern! I’m still in love with the fabrics you used (and that tiny stitching detail!).

  2. Kanchan January 21, 2014 at 16:37 #

    Jillian you are so very creative!!!! Beautiful totes……

    • Jillian In Italy January 21, 2014 at 21:55 #

      I’m sure some of your gorgeous Indian fabrics would be perfect for this tote…

  3. classicplay January 30, 2014 at 16:49 #

    Woman, you have a serious talent for pairing color and patterns. I’m totally jealous. I can only work in black and white. For reals.


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