Rust Pepin Tote

Rust Pepin Tote - Noodlehead sewing pattern Rust Pepin Tote - Noodlehead Sewing PatternWhat’s this? a Pepin Tote? It is!!! Earlier this year the Spring issue of Making Magazine/No. 9 – Simple came out and I had contributed a new pattern – the Pepin Tote. It has to be right up there as one of my favorite basics. So much potential to showcase all kind of fabrics and even highlight a favorite on the front pocket! In just over a month I’ll be able to release it as a stand alone pattern in my shop (so not quite yet, but I just couldn’t wait to share this sample), so excited! I’ve loved using my version that I made years ago, so I’ll be so happy to share it with you! I’ll keep you updated here for when it’ll be available!

My Pepin Tote

I had cut out this rust colored waxed canvas (from Fabric Funhouse) months ago and it’s been waiting for me to finally sew it. So I committed to the lining fabric (I had so many picked out it was hard to choose) and sewed it up! Can’t go wrong with a stripe! This Ticking Stripe (in indigo) that I ordered from Fancy Tiger Crafts is one of my favorites. I also used my Rustic leather handles from my shop (it’s a new color I added a few months ago, but one I’ve been using for personal projects for years).


I’m excited that this pattern will be releasing before the gift sewing season, yes, I can’t believe it’s coming up so quickly! I’m planning on doing a newsletter style sew-along with this pattern. A first for me, but I think it’ll be really fun to put together. Plus I love the community aspect of a sew-along, and I think gathering together to create is so important. 

If you’d like to sign up for the sew-along, I’ll be adding a sign-up link below. Don’t worry, this will only add you to the sew-along email group, but I promise it’ll be fun!


Click here to view the Sew-Along!

I don’t have firm dates set yet, but would like to get things started in November for plenty of time to complete the tote (or a bunch!) before Christmas.

Rust Pepin Tote - Noodlehead Sewing Pattern

22 thoughts on “Rust Pepin Tote

  1. Samantha says:

    Lovely. I wonder if you could share yardage requirements soon-ish? I’d like to be on the lookout for fabric. 🙂

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Yes! You’ll need 1 yard for the exterior and 2/3 yard for the lining.

  2. Mary says:

    I couldn’t get the form to load.

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Hi Mary, so sorry about that! I have it fixed now if you want to sign up. 🙂

  3. archer1955 says:

    I can’t submit the sign up either.

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Hi! Sorry about that! I have it fixed now if you want to sign up. 🙂

  4. Anna says:

    Sorry! I’ll get the form fixed in the morning. Thanks so much!

  5. sewhappy says:

    Are you thinking of doing a kit for this tote or a special coupon?

  6. Lisa St. Marie says:

    Could you make this out of cork material?

  7. Mary says:

    Tried again and it didn’t work.

    1. Stearns Carol says:

      Click on spring issue of magazine and not on the other link.

    2. Anna Graham says:

      Hi Mary, here’s the direct link:

  8. Donna says:

    Will you be getting any more strapping in OR can you suggest another site for the straps?

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Hi Donna, everything is in stock right now. Hopefully my shop isn’t acting up?

      1. sewhappy says:

        thank-you. I noticed everything is stock. Maybe it was my computer or the weather 🙂

  9. Carol A Blaha says:

    Hi, I got the welcome email. Do you think ottertex or denim would work for this?

    1. Katie K. says:

      I’m looking at Ottertex right now as well! So many lovely colors.

  10. Karen says:

    I’m in! I’ve had waxed canvas hanging out waiting to be used! ? betting I’m good with lining too! Super excited!!

  11. Anne says:

    I’ve never made a bag before – is this ok for beginners?

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Yes! This is the perfect beginner bag! Plus, if you join the sew-along I’ll be doing videos and adding as much helpful info as I can.

  12. Trisha says:

    Hello! I received a Pepin Tote pattern and kit for Christmas and I’m wondering if the sew along newsletter and videos are still available to send?

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Hi Trisha, just sent you an email. 🙂

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