The 241 Tote from Noodlehead – Review, Part I

Did you ever experience a breathless moment in time when you looked up and knew in that brief instant that THIS was THE ONE? 

Ok, let’s get our minds back on track here… I don’t know what you are thinking about, but I’m talking about tote bags. 😉

I love totebags. Cute little purses just don’t have enough room for me to haul all of my necessities around – especially since those necessities usually include a least a few file folders and maybe even a yellow pad. I’m always on the lookout for ideas for new totes – be it different fabric combinations, different bells & whistles (zippers, hardware, pockets, etc.), or different shapes.

What captured my attention about the 241 Tote (2-for-1, get it?) pattern from Noodlehead was the unusual shape and fun side pockets.

The 241 Tote from Noodlehead (photo from pattern page)

241 Tote from Noodlehead – photos from pattern page showing 2 different versions of the tote

Here is the description from the pattern page (pdf download to purchase) on the Noodlehead site:

241 Tote PDF Pattern – $9.00 Note: This is a digital (PDF) sewing pattern.

This tote is a fabric lovers favorite! Using small cuts of fabric, you’ll be able to use your favorites and still have scraps leftover. It’s called the 241 because it’s like 2 patterns in one! One version of the bag has two exterior side pockets (great for beginners), the other has two exterior zippered pockets (for those who might want a bit of a challenge).

Additional features: interior pocket, magnetic snap closure, step-by-step instructions with professional easy to understand illustrations, full size print-at-home pattern pieces

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner/Intermediate. Basic bag making skills helpful. Ability to sew curves helpful.

Approx. Finished Dimensions: 13.5″ wide, 12″ tall, 24″ including the handle, 2.5″ deep across the base

I found the pattern to be extremely well-written, with terrific step-by-step instructions and clear diagrams. The pattern pieces are very accurate and professional looking.

Please note: I don’t get a kickback or anything from this; I purchased the pattern at the full price, just like everybody else.

Here are my stacked pattern pieces – outer fabrics, interfacing, and lining (strap fabric not shown):

Pattern pieces for the 241 Tote from Noodlehead. Fabrics from Changing Seasons collection by Beth Ann Williams at

And here is my finished tote:

241 Tote from Noodlehead. Fabrics from Changing Seasons collection by Beth Ann Williams at

I opted to include the two exterior side pockets, but not the exterior zippered pockets, because I wanted to showcase the fabric. I added an extra pocket to the inside, though.

I love it! The only thing is, it’s not quite as roomy as I thought it was going to be…

But it’s easy to enlarge – as you’ll see in my next post. 🙂


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Beth Ann

When health challenges made hand-sewing (and hand appliqué and hand-quilting) no longer physically viable for her, Beth Ann’s first instinct was dismay and discouragement. But Grandma Baldwin gave her a loving (but stern!) “No pity parties – just figure out a different way.” So Beth Ann turned to her trusty sewing machine and began devising ways to achieve the fine quality appliqué look she craved faster and easier than she ever thought possible. And a career was born! Now Beth Ann enjoys sharing her accessible “invisible” machine appliqué and creative machine quilting techniques with other quilters and fiber artists around the world.

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