from Marta with Love


I hardly know where to start with my praise of this pattern. As you can see, I’ve made the Super Tote by Anna Graham of Noodlehead, and brace yourselves for the cliché because here it comes: it’s just. as super. as its name. SUGGESTS!

Super Tote - from Marta with Love

Super Tote - from Marta with Love

Super Tote - from Marta with Love

Super Tote - from Marta with Love

Super Tote - from Marta with Love

Super Tote - from Marta with Love

Super Tote - from Marta with Love



  • The fanciness. Gusset, magnetic snaps, piping, zippered lining, elastic pockets. This isn’t some onesie twosie bag. It’s top-notch, and so useful.
  • The instructions. As with all her tutorials and patterns, you can’t go wrong with the clear instructions Anna gives. If you’re feeling intimidated, don’t! Take this baby step by step and you’ll be fine (not that there’s any way to sew something other than step by step, unless you have a wand?)
  • The size. The bigger the better, as they say.

Things I did to it:

  • Instead of adding an elastic pocket to both sides of the lining, I did the elastic pocket on one side and a zippered pocket on the other side. This was my first time making a zippered lining pocket, and here’s the info I used for guidance.
  • Instead of doing a facing for the outside pocket, I did a sort of “faux” facing, which is actually just a pocket lining with a strip of different fabric pieced at the top to look like a facing.
  • Shortened the main lining zipper so it doesn’t stick out as much.
  • Interfaced the heck out of it.

Hardest part:

  • Picking out the fabrics.

Easiest part:

  • The piping! Seriously. I don’t know what I’d feared.


Go make one!!

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  • Carla

    You did a beautiful job my dear. It looks complicated ; ) must get over my fear of bags…..

    June 16, 2013 at 9:57 am Reply
  • kate

    That is a stunner! I want to make one right now, but it will have to wait. 🙂 Think it could handle a MacBook Pro in it?

    June 16, 2013 at 4:36 pm Reply
  • Kim

    Marta, this is adorable! I especially love that it has a zipper and the elastic pockets inside are a great addition. Nicely done~

    June 17, 2013 at 9:08 am Reply
  • Martha

    You did a fav job with this tote. I love the fabrics you chose. Pretty, pretty as always.

    June 17, 2013 at 11:03 am Reply
  • Kelly

    Love this Marta!! Great job!

    June 17, 2013 at 3:49 pm Reply
  • Peg

    In love 🙂

    June 17, 2013 at 7:41 pm Reply
  • Jessica

    I need a new bag and I love Anna’s patterns. I should just give it a go, but it’s going to have to wait until post wedding and camping. BOO!

    June 19, 2013 at 4:30 pm Reply
  • Erin

    This is so adorable!! I must make one ASAP!! 🙂

    June 24, 2013 at 12:26 pm Reply
  • Nicole_boldgoods

    This is adorable! I’ll have to try the pattern – I always make bags without a pattern and they turn out rather homemade looking, but this one has such nice details! Especially love the box pleat that give you the extra space.

    July 3, 2013 at 3:16 pm Reply
  • Candice

    I love how sturdy yours looks- I am beginning the pattern (my first “real” bag!) and am wondering if you could be so kind to tell me what kind of interfacings you used to give me an idea 🙂 Thanks-

    July 17, 2013 at 7:17 am Reply
  • diane stanley

    I love your version of this bag

    March 10, 2014 at 8:13 pm Reply
  • Samgita

    Hi..your bag is gorgeus, and i love it!
    I just wanna know, where did you put the piping? I’m curious because i can’t see it. Help me please, and many thanks!

    July 8, 2017 at 6:59 am Reply
    • Samgita

      Thanks a lot for the info

      July 11, 2017 at 5:02 am Reply

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