New Pattern! Compass Bag

New Pattern! Compass Bag - Noodlehead

Yay! I have a new pattern available today! It’s called the Compass Bag and I truly enjoyed working on it and making sure I got the details just right.

New Pattern! Compass Bag - Noodlehead

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New Pattern! Compass Bag - Noodlehead

I’m very happy to say it’s a fairly quick and straightforward sew, which is always fun. I love making bags, but sometimes they can be so time consuming, right?! It’s great when I have the time and feel like really sinking into a project for a longer stretch, but there are definitely times I need something a bit on the quicker side. This particular bag came about because I actually need a new bag. The turning seasons always makes me want to grab something new and different to use everyday, plus this time I seriously have worn out my last bag. I used my Gingham Tote, a pattern found in my book, for the past 18 months everyday. And you can tell! It gets tossed around so much, but I’ve loved using it.

New Pattern! Compass Bag - Noodlehead

But I’m ready for a bit of a change and I love the flat bottom and slightly slouchy casual style of this Compass Bag. Plus I feel like you can’t go wrong with hardware. It always takes things up a notch in my opinion. It comes in two fun sizes and you can pick from two styles of exterior pockets.

New Pattern! Compass Bag - Noodlehead


Here’s a little breakdown of some of the features if you’re curious:

  • two sizes to sew!
  • two exterior pockets, two views: cargo or slip style pockets
  • interior slip pocket and zippered pocket
  • magnetic closure and flat base
  • adjustable crossbody strap or fixed length shoulder strap

New Pattern! Compass Bag - Noodlehead

I can’t wait to make more and explore some different possibilities! I think some quilting on the exterior could really be awesome. Plus, I pulled out so many fabric combinations that I could easily make a dozen more. I love that part the most!

New Pattern! Compass Bag - Noodlehead

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Fabrics used: Euclid by Carolyn Friedlander, Art Gallery Fabrics Denim, Indah Batiks by Me + You, Robert Kaufman Essex and Railroad Denim – Gingham. Hardware from

Next week I’ll be showing off some tester versions, they really are so amazing. If you have any questions let me know!

New Pattern! Compass Bag - Noodlehead


25 thoughts on “New Pattern! Compass Bag

  1. Holly says:

    Perfect timing! I’ve worn out my second Super Tote and was just starting to think about what I should replace it with. This looks like a great option.

  2. Heather says:

    Yeah!! So excited for a new Noodlehead pattern!!! This bag is great and I always love when you give the options for two sizes! Can’t wait to try it!

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Thanks so much Heather! Always appreciate your enthusiasm and encouragement! 🙂

  3. Heather says:

    Yeah!! So excite for a new pattern from you !! I love that you give two size options. Can’t wait to make it!

  4. Holly says:

    Yay!! It’s so pretty!! And that hardware! Love it. Congrats!!

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Thanks Holly!!!!!!!

  5. Dyan says:

    I can’t wait to make this!! I had a bag to make in mind but have been putting it off because it is so time consuming. I love that is a no hassle make yet I still love the style!

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Thanks Dyan! I do the same thing sometimes! 🙂 Always fun to have a project that is a little quicker.

  6. Jenny says:

    oh my blerg, had to order right away, can’t wait to make it!

    1. Anna Graham says:

      yay!!! Thanks bunches Jenny!

  7. Jessica says:

    Love love love this!thanks for the great patterns as always Anna!

  8. Sewbespokeandco says:

    Wow! Just in time! My Madras tote is plum worn out! Time for a new bag!

  9. Regina says:

    I almost forgot that your pattern was out!! It looks awesome Anna, congrats on another winner!! As soon as I’m done blabbing here I’ll order it lol…..I bought a 2nd copy of your book ‘Handmade Style’ today; Christmas gift for a friend! The 1st copy was mine of course 🙂

  10. Donna Baker says:

    It’s awesome as usual; love the different size options and your fabric choices

  11. elsa says:

    Love this pattern ~ pockets on the outside are the best!

    Do you have a packback pattern? I could sure use a cute one if you don’t ~ hint hint!

    1. Anna Graham says:

      agreed! I love outside pockets! I don’t have one yet, but I’m working on some prototypes. 🙂

  12. Diane Beavers says:

    Anna, I’m awestruck by the Compass Bag! Cross body for me is perfect, the outside pockets Yeah! Also I love my Roadtrip case, my two Gingham totes, my Super tote …all my “Anna” bags get loads of compliments.

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Thank you Diane! That’s so sweet of you to say. 🙂 I’m glad you’ve enjoyed making them!

  13. Beth says:

    This would be great in leather, and I think I will give it a try! I love the simple style and the beautiful hardware.

  14. mrs robinson says:

    Another gorgeous Anna bag… congratulations! Love the shape and the flat bottom, the pockets and your fabric choices are dreamy

  15. Love this new pattern….can’t wait to try it . Looks like a fun “I have a few hours to sew” project!

  16. Robyn says:

    I love the shape and the flat bottom. Did you design this to be soft and kind of slouchy? How do you think it would be in heavy canvas with some structure, as a knitting bag? Thanks for your thoughts. You have so many great bags to choose from. 😉

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Hi Robyn,
      Yes, the bag is a casual one with a bit of a slouch. For the recommend materials I do recommend using canvas weight fabric for the exterior fabric for this pattern (it also has interfacing which you can change up to suit your needs as well). The samples that I show are all sitting up on their own with just a few things inside, the denim gingham one is the stiffest fabric. So depending on what your needs are, it’s definitely up to you as to what fabrics and interfacings you choose. Hope that helps! 🙂

  17. Leanne says:

    Hey Anna! Awesome bag! I’m thinking about getting the pattern and making one for Sadie for Christmas but was wondering how hard you think it would be to add a recessed zipper. She likes her bags to have CLOSURE! LOL

  18. Judy Clay/ Serendipity Quilting says:

    Had some canvas left over from leaders for my quilting machine so dyed it and waxed it and made the smaller one… now making the larger one out of raspberry waxed canvas. Love this bag so easy to make

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