The Beetle Super Tote

It is Friday and I have finished something! Yeah, happy dance for me.

I got the Beetle fabric long long ago in Australia.  I love the colours, happy and fun.  But honestly I did not know what I would do with it. I thought it could be only used as whole or be fussy cut.  Anyway, I had forgotten about this fabric all together.  Then a chain of associations ideas happened.

First I saw a super cute bag on my friend’s Instragram feed (here it is). I really, really wanted to get it, got distracted and didn’t buy it. Then I remembered I got the Super Tote pattern from Noodlehead a few weeks ago.  I purchased the pattern just to have it in my files (I do that far to often:).  A few more days passed without thinking about it… And finally two days ago, it all came together: Beetle fabric + Noodlehead Super tote = Beetle Super Tote.

Super Tote
The outside panels are lined with 808 Pellon Craft Fuse.  It is the first time I used this fuse in, it gives the fabric a bit of stiffness, making it almost the weight of home decor fabric.  There’s a outside pocket closed by magnetic clasp and has some hot pink piping.  As recommended in the instructions, I pinched the straps, hoping it will make is more stable on the shoulder.

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On the inside, I’ve used mainly some old Anna Maria Horner fabric (Good Folks for FreeSpirit).  There are two big pockets on each sides.  I choose to make the recessed zipper option which gives the bag a nice finish.

Overall, I really enjoyed making this bag.  The instructions are clear and easy to follow.  I do believe I’m going make this bag again.  I will probably opt for different pockets arrangements inside, like a big pocket for a laptop, a zipped pocket, and for sure lined the inside pockets… I just Google Noodlehead Super Tote, there are so many great examples.  I will definitively make this again.  I really how big this tote is, it would work well as a school/work bag, a sleep-over bag, for the gym too…

And while I was at it, I also made a little make up pouch, tutorial found at Doodlehead.

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Now who’s the lucky person about to receive this? Sorry, don’t count on me to tell you :) …

Linking up with Crazy Mum Quilts!


  1. Really cute idea to use the VW fabric. I drove a green one for ten years when first out of High school.

  2. I AM the lucky one, youhou !!!!!!!!!! I DO love it..... SO beautiful


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