Super Tote Backpack!

I was planning on making a super tote for QuiltCon (yes, in addition to the 241 tote – I needed another bag for workshop supplies!). And then, I saw a super tote backpack mod tutorial that my HMQG friend Felice posted a while back. It’s actually a really cool design that let’s you switch between a backpack and a messenger bag.

super tote backpack

I took it to QuiltCon for my workshop supplies, and it was the perfect size. The backpack straps were sooo much more comfortable over periods of time than my other shoulder strap bag.

Super Tote Backpack Mod

I paper pieced a little motto for the front of the bag: “make all of the things”. It’s all I want to do lately! I made up the pattern for the letters myself, because I’m picky and I can. I’m sure there are a couple good alphabet patterns out there, but none of the ones I saw were quite what I was looking for.

Paper Pieced Scissors Pattern

I made some scissors for the outer flap, which I think turned out pretty awesome, if I do say so myself. You can get that pattern from my pattern store here.

Super Tote Backpack Back

Once I decided to make it into a backpack, I had to make the flap shorter than Felice’s directions so the letters would still all show. I wanted it a bit wider too – so I started with 13.5×9 rectangles, and used the other super tote pattern pieces to round the corners. I interfaced the outside, and added a couple magnetic snaps.

Super Tote Zipper


Bag Specs:
Pattern: Super Tote from Noodlehead with backpack mod from Sew Scatterbrained
Modifications: Felice’s backpack mod, with a flap starting as 13.5×9″ rectangles.
Size: Roughly 15″ wide and 15″ tall.
Fabric: Outside is mainly Mercury in Blue by Alison Glass, side and flap are mostly Bartholo-meow’s Reef, strap is Dottie in Bluebird by Cotton and Steel, Lining is XOXO in Toy Boat by Cotton and Steel.

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