Caravan Tote Bags by Noodlehead

I made a Noodlehead Caravan bag as part of a swap last year (link to that blog post)– and when I (why do I do these things!) spontaneously joined another instagram swap on-line I decided why not make another! And I decided I needed one too.

 

The swap was the #bigstitchswap2 which focuses on hand-sewing. I made some Heather Ross hexies and experimented with sewing them by machine. It worked pretty well to put the rows together, but when it came time to attach the rows to each other I realized that hand sewing would actually be faster.

I don’t english paper piece, but instead use the method of drawing the shape on the back of the fabric by hand and then sewing along the lines. I started doing this for my La Passacaglia quilt using inklingo – which actually prints directly onto your fabric – and I’m hooked!

I learned today though that this paper free sewing doesn’t work well for my edge pieces, which is why they are really wonky. But, I like wonky things, and hopefully my partner does too!

Noodlehead Caravan Tote Bag
Besides the Heather Ross patchwork, I used mostly vintage fabrics – including my favorite mauve linen. It’s such a unique color. I had to patchwork to have enough for the bag, but I like the effect. And some sedate brown linen to (hopefully) pull it all together.

Noodlehead Caravan Tote Bag

Noodlehead Caravan Tote Bag

Noodlehead Caravan Tote Bag

Pattern review: I overall find this a pretty easy bag to make, but I wish there was more instruction/clarity on which part is which! There are a lot of inner panels and linings and when you are choosing which fabric to cut, it is really confusing (to me) what is going to end up where. So I found myself going slow and having to keep going back through the pattern to figure out when I’d be using each piece – so I’d know what color I wanted it! That being said, making two bags at the same time made this aspect go really quickly on the second bag. Other than that, the hardest part is (as with any bag) ironing on all the interfacing.

My other perpetual issue with bag making is having poofy lining. WHYyyyy does this happen to me? I have tried making the lining smaller than the outer bag (in this instance it is a 1/4 inch smaller – which patterns never suggest. Thoughts?

Noodlehead Caravan Tote Bag
My bag is simpler but fulfills my own needs – a zipper pocket to put diapers, epi pen and benadryl into so it’s always in my purse but not in my way, plus lots of room inside for whatever I decide my or baby need that day (mainly my hand-sewing and snacks!).

Noodlehead Caravan Tote Bag

Noodlehead Caravan Tote Bag

I used an ikea upholstery fabric I got a few weeks back, with mostly Lizzy House prints for the lining.

Noodlehead Caravan Tote Bag

I immediately transferred everything from my old bag into this bigger one!

Noodlehead Caravan Tote Bag

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  1. Indianna

    I love the bag you made me. The hexies are so cute and with the time taken to construct the bag you exceeded the requirements for this swap by a mile. I feel very luck to have been your partner and can’t wait to use the bag. Thank you xxx

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