The 241 Tote by Noodlehead

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Isn’t it nice to have options for the things you need to carry?  Because I can sew for myself, and others, I always have a tote for most occasions!

One of my favorite tote pattern is the 241 Tote, by Noodlehead, which is perfect for everyday use.  This tote is the perfect size for things from grocery items to library books.  This is a rounded style of tote, which is a contemporary change from your ordinary tote bag.  The design also allows for up to three coordinating exterior fabrics.  Choosing the fabric is usually the best part of any project!  This bag also has some hardware requirements and a little list of fabric requirements:

All the pieces are cut out and ready to SEW together!

When sewing the exterior side pocket onto the exterior side, it almost looks like a slipper is progress!

These colors are brilliant all together!!!

Materials needed:

  • 1/2 yard exterior
  • 1/2 yard lining
  • 1/2 yard accent fabric
  • 1/2 yard strap, pockets
  • 14mm magnetic snap
  • Two 5” zippers (optional)
  • 1 1/2 yards fusible woven interfacing




Here is the Finished 241 Tote

A while back, I made this 241 Tote that consisted of Chevron Patchwork Exterior and Linen.  I sent that tote off to an Instagram friends as a part of a swap I had entered.  In fact – that was my first ever swap!  Such a fun tote to make!  I love anything Rainbow!!

Patchwork Chevron cut into pattern shape

Side pockets

Rainbow Chevron 241 Tote with Linen accents and strap

Now that I remember back – I have made several of these totes as swap gifts!  This one was for an Outlander Swap.  Outlander is the name of the first novel in my favorite book series = Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon.

Attaching the sides to the front and back pieces. Lots of pins!

I added a fun tag to the interior pocket. It really didn’t take “forever”, but it sure made for a cute sentiment!

I easily fell in love with this fabric by Katarina Roccella. I was very intentional about the pattern placement and even added the two optional zippers!

The last swap tote that I made was for a swap partner in Wichita Kansas.  She loved action figures and her favorite Super Hero was Iron Man.  I found a free paper pieced pattern and incorporated this into the exterior panel of one of the sides of her tote.  I was really pleased with the result and my swap partner was thrilled!

There were a TON of pieces in this IronMan project!

This came together quicker than I expected



If you love the look of this tote, and would like me to make you one – just send me a message!  I would love to help you pick out the perfect fabrics!

Here is where I got the fun “THIS TOOK FOREVER TAG

Here is a quick video to help you install your magnetic clasp!

Here are a few things you will need to make this tote!

Click here to get your interfacing

click here to get your magnetic closures


Click here to purchase the pattern

The pattern creator is Anna Graham.  Her company is called Noodlehead.  Her pattern is called 241 Tote.  Anna writes a wonderful pattern, which is very easy to use!

Can you just imagine this tote being made in your favorite colors and fabric designs?  You can make seasonal totes, totes as gifts and ‘sew’ many more options!  I can’t wait to make another 241 Tote!

Happy Sewing!


13 thoughts on “The 241 Tote by Noodlehead

    • Nicole Moore says:

      Hi Kathy! Unfortunately, I don’t control the price of the patterns. I bought this pattern from the Noodlehead website (link above). It is worth every penny! I have a bunch of these totes and the pattern is one of favorites! Enjoy! ?

        • Nicole Moore says:

          Debe hacer clic en el enlace que dice patrón. Esto lo llevará a otro sitio web donde puede comprar el patrón allí.

            disculpe mis palabras ya que el español no es mi idioma.

    • Nicole Moore says:

      Hello Phyllis,
      This pattern was created by Anna with Noodlehead. I would recommend taking the pattern pieces and enlarging them. I think I might try that as well! Best of luck!

  1. Diane says:

    Hi this is my first time at making this bag and doing any sewing with a pattern. I have managed to get all my pieces cut out but I’m a bit confused, can you tell me does the lining of the bag need to be sewn separate as I’m having trouble knowing how I put it all together. I won’t give up and want to figure it out but at the moment I’m not having any luck . Do you do a video of you making this lovely bag as I think once I’ve seen how to put it altogether I would find it so much easier to do.
    I do hope you can help me please as I so want to make this bag but can’t find anyone doing a video on this bags. Diane

    • Nicole Moore says:

      Hello and thanks for your question. I don’t have a video of making this bag and you are right! I didn’t find a video tutorial either. I will have to add this to my list of videos to produce!

        • Nicole Moore says:

          Since there isn’t any foam or batting – it is very simple to sew closed. When topstitching – I always use a denim needle and a longer stitch length! Happy Sewing!

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