Mom’s Present

Mom's Present, tote with leather handles - Noodlehead

Haha, I feel so sneaky posting this. My mom’s birthday is today! And no, she’s no fool (even though it’s April Fool’s!). I’m sure she’ll forever be tired of the birthday April Fool’s jokes. I’m actually gifting it to her this morning right before the post goes live. So exciting — and sneaky!

Mom's Present, tote with leather handles - Noodlehead

It felt so good to sew up this tote and pouch set for my mom. It’s totally her and I hope she’ll love it. I found scraps of this beautiful black cotton canvas and some waxed canvas in my pile of goodies. I knew it would pair so nicely with my new leather handles and some yummy rivets.

Mom's Present, tote with leather handles - NoodleheadMom's Present, tote with leather handles - Noodlehead

Simple and classic always feels right to me. And front pockets, never have left home without them since I started making bags! I can’t wait to take a bit of time and make one of these for myself. The waxed canvas bottom will be so durable!

Mom's Present, tote with leather handles - Noodlehead

So this is a fun little make, I feel like I could make one of these for every day of the year! Plus the pouch (which is a size small Open Wide pouch without the boxed corners) keeps any important little things inside all neat and tidy.

Mom's Present, tote with leather handles - Noodlehead

Thanks for all the love for the new handles, I’m almost out, but no fear, I will be restocking more over the weekend. Next week I also plan on adding black, too!

Tote & Pouch: Wool + Wax Tote Pattern,
pouch is a small Open Wide pouch without boxed corners)
Fabric: mystery black cotton canvas, waxed canvas from AL Frances on Etsy
Leather Handles: from my shop
Rivets: Minkus Margo on etsy (see tutorial for setting rivets here)
Zipper: from my shop

Mom's Present, tote with leather handles - Noodlehead

34 thoughts on “Mom’s Present

  1. Kim says:

    Gorgeous tote Anna! Every time I read your blog I am inspired. Congrats on adding to your store too!

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Thanks Kim! 🙂

  2. Your lucky mother – what a gorgeous set! Love the leather handles and matching tag on the pouch zip! I’ve had a tote bag with leather handles and bottom on my to-do list forever, I even have the leather, I just don’t have the time! 🙁

  3. Jeni says:

    Such a great gift set! Who doesn’t have a need for a practical tote and zippy? 🙂

  4. Ellen Patton says:

    Can I be your back up mom? I love this!!

  5. Kelly O. says:

    GORGEOUS!!! So perfect for gift giving–no one could resist this fabric combo!

  6. elizabethlehman says:

    no pattern for this tote…??!!! gaaaah!!! it’s perfect!! i love the size and the front pockets. beautiful and classic!

  7. Laurel says:

    This is such a gorgeous set! I love to sew for my Mom so much…she appreciates it more than anyone, I think. Can’t wait to snag some of your leather handles…I’m holding out until I decide what to make. : )

  8. Lynne Tilley says:

    You have ONE LUCKY MOMMY! Just beautiful!!

  9. Marsha says:

    You Mom is lucky to have a talented daughter who showers some of that talent on her! I’ll be watching for the black leather handles as I need some of those.

  10. Brigitte, Zen Chic says:

    Super cool, and very classy indeed!

  11. Marina says:

    Tote-ally amazing (sorry for the bad pun). Lucky Mum to have you make it for her 🙂

  12. heartsdesireretreats says:

    I too am an “April Fool” mom. Such a lovely gift and even more so because you made it for her.

  13. Martha Meyer says:

    Yes, I am lucky to have such a talented daughter who showers me with the best gifts ever! Thanks Anna, love you, Mom

  14. Janequiltsslowly says:

    Wonderful birthday gift! Lucky mom to have you.

  15. Sona says:

    what a wonderful gift!

  16. Debra Krug says:

    Wonderful gift. I am sure your Mom loved the set. You make such beautiful things.

  17. Kerry says:

    A gorgeous set Anna! So stylish

  18. joygross says:

    Oh…. what a lucky momma you have.. ❤

  19. Jen says:

    I love this classic tote! The size, pockets, bottom, and handles make it perfect. Wish there was a pattern

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Thanks Jen! I’m working on doing up something – hopefully soon! 🙂

  20. momluvzsumr says:

    This is awesome ! I too, like the others, are hoping there will be a pattern 🙂

  21. Jennifer says:

    Can’t wait for the release of this pattern! I’m planning to make all five of my daughter’s bridesmaids a tote, and I’m hoping to be able to use this pattern. Do you have a projected release date?

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Thanks Jennifer for your excitement. 🙂 I’m hoping to get further along on it in the next few weeks.

  22. Regina says:

    That set is fabulous and I’m sure Mom will love it! I loved what you said about things that are simple & classic feeling right to you; people tell me I’m boring lol! 🙁
    I’m very excited about the new pattern as well Anna…another to my Noodlehead collection!

  23. This is so good, Anna! Love the simplicity of the design. Inspired. Off to sketch!!!

  24. momluvzsumr says:

    Anxiously awaiting your pattern 🙂 Will this be called “Mom’s Present” ?

    1. Anna Graham says:

      hehe, that would’ve been a great name! 🙂 It’ll be available in mid October.

      1. Joy says:

        Yay, can’t wait! It’s gorgeous!

  25. mtp says:

    I’m interested in that tutorial on setting rivets, but there is no link. Where can I find that?

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Hi! Sorry about that! Just added the link to the post. It’s also here:

  26. Heather says:

    Hi Anna!
    I love this tote! And the one you made with the green waxed canvas looks amazing!!! I know you have the pattern for it in the Making: Fauna issue. Just wondering if you have it for sale by itself. I poked around your shop but didn’t find it. I would love to make one for myself and one for a friend’s birthday mid-February.

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Thanks so much Heather! The tote will be available as an individual pattern, but not until March.

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