I sewed a bag this weekend! The 241 Tote by Noodlehead (pattern here).
Finally something it’s cheaper to make yourself than to buy. I think the common misconception among non-sewists is that sewing something yourself is cheaper than buying. For the most part, that’s wrong. This might’ve been true, say, 25 years ago, but not anymore (especially with the rising price of cotton). Good fabric isn’t cheap, and you have to take into account how much your time is worth in making these things. That being said, however, for smaller projects like this tote, making something yourself definitely pays off! For under $25, I bought enough fabric and interfacing for 2 bags. The pattern is $8, and the magnetic clasps (bought mine here) are $11 for 25. All told, the cost per bag is about $17, give or take. And since they’re relatively easy and quick to make, the time cost is also minimal. Success!
The next time I make this, I’ll enlarge the pattern about 20% for a bigger bag, and I’ll try using medium-weight interfacing for the strap to make it a bit sturdier. Otherwise, I was very happy with the pattern and certainly the finished product. One of the best parts about making things yourself is the fun in customizing to your own taste and style. I love this bag!