Noodlehead's Explorer tote is a pattern for a very spacious shoulder bag. The large version is ideal for a short stay trip, the small version is perfect as a daily 'workhorse'.
The bag has front pockets, back pockets and inner pockets. So you can put a lot in it! The bag closes (optional) with a recessed zipper, and also has a nice flap with twist lock for extra security. The shoulder straps can be supplemented with a removable carrying strap.
Several Flemish bag maker have already proven that this bag can be made perfectly with cork fabric or artificial leather as bottom part.
- Large: 55cm wide, 35cm high and 17.5 cm deep
- Small: 45cm wide, 32,5cm high and 10cm deep
- Waxed cotton or cork/artificial leather for the bottom part, canvas, jeans for the outer fabric
- Cotton for the lining and accent fabric
Supplies for a fabric width of 110cm (small between brackets):
- Outer fabric: 75cm
- Contrast fabric (bottom and flap): 45cm (35cm)
- Lining fabric: 150cm (with fabric width of 140cm 1m is sufficient) (80cm)
- Accent fabric (for belt / handles if made by yourself): 45cm (25cm)
- Reinforcement (indications Noodlehead):
- Pellon SF101 ~= G700: 130cm (110cm)
- Pellon 809 ~= H250: 90cm (45cm)
- Pellon 987F ~= H640: 85cm (55cm)Â
- Instead of the above mentioned reinforcements we can also highly recommend style-vil for a bag that keeps its shape. Provide 100cm, as well as 50cm H630 or G700 for reinforcing zippers and pockets.
- Zipper: 60cm (50cm)
- Twist lock
- 4 bag feet
- Webbing if you don't make the handles and carrying strap yourself: 130cm (or a little more for long handles)
- For the weekend version, you can choose an extra carrying strap, provide for:
- 2 D-rings of 25mm (or the width of the bag strap)
- 2 swivel hooks of 38mm (or the width of the bag strap)
- 1 strap slider of 38mm (or width of the bag strap)
This pattern consists of a paper booklet with an English manual (and therefore also dimensions in inches - converting to metric measures is very simple: 1 inch = 2.5 cm, 1 yard = 92cm) and does require some knowledge of English sewing terms (or readiness for a little preparatory research). The manual itself is richly illustrated with drawings at each step, so don't be scared off.