Month: December 2016

On the ninth day of Hack-mas …

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As a gift to you, I’m sharing a hack a day with “recipes” for using my latest book, Hack that Tote!, to create the projects. Some hacks are super easy; others combine elements from multiple patterns in the book. Hopefully, they’ll inspire you to hack a few totes for your holiday gifts!

The seventh Happy Hack-mas project is …

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A weekend travel bag! This is the mack daddy of all bags, made right before my most recent trip to Houston for International Quilt Market. It’s an oversized version of the Tubular Frame Purse (pg. 60), made with Kokka linen/cotton canvas designed by Ellen Luckett Baker with a contrasting bottom of Cuddle Suede by Shannon Fabrics. The Echino strapping is a great contrast, although I really wish I’d bought enough to sew between the contrast and main bag seams, then let the straps hug the bag body. This is what happens when you just wing it. The bag fits under the seat in front of you on a plane. I put oversized patch pockets inside and subdivided them specifically for holding my travel essentials, including my personal sized planner.

On the eighth day of Hack-mas …

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As a gift to you, I’m sharing a hack a day with “recipes” for using my latest book, Hack that Tote!, to create the projects. Some hacks are super easy; others combine elements from multiple patterns in the book. Hopefully, they’ll inspire you to hack a few totes for your holiday gifts!

The seventh Happy Hack-mas project is …

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A cross-body bucket bag with drawstring closure and flap! I think this bag mashes up at least three patterns: It’s shaped like the Goodie Bag (pg. 40), has the drawstring closure of the Drawstring Backpack (pg. 54) and has a flap inspired by the Messenger Bag with Flap (pg. 74). I also cut a contrasting bottom panel and the bag straps are attached between the main body of the bag and the contrast.

On the seventh day of Hack-mas …

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As a gift to you, I’m sharing a hack a day with “recipes” for using my latest book, Hack that Tote!, to create the projects. Some hacks are super easy; others combine elements from multiple patterns in the book. Hopefully, they’ll inspire you to hack a few totes for your holiday gifts!

The seventh Happy Hack-mas project is …

 

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A rectangular tote with suede straps! This is a modified version of the Basic Tote Bag made with some Cotton+Steel cotton/linen canvas I had in my stash, along with some suede handles. The handles are attached with metal rivets through the bag. I also added a chipboard bottom and metal purse feet. I’m currently using this bag as a purse, since it holds all my essentials plus whatever larger items I need to drag along with me these days.

On the sixth day of Hack-mas …

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As a gift to you, I’m sharing a hack a day with “recipes” for using my latest book, Hack that Tote!, to create the projects. Some hacks are super easy; others combine elements from multiple patterns in the book. Hopefully, they’ll inspire you to hack a few totes for your holiday gifts!

The sixth Happy Hack-mas project is …

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An appliqued library book tote! This project mashes up the Goodie Bag with Reverse Applique (pg. 40) and the Drawstring Backpack (pg. 54). The shape is really simple and made to hold just a couple of books or even a few magazines. It’s one of my favorite quick projects to make as a gift because it’s easy to personalize, doesn’t use a lot of fabric and sews up oh-so quickly.

On the fifth day of Hack-mas …

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As a gift to you, I’m sharing a hack a day with “recipes” for using my latest book, Hack that Tote!, to create the projects. Some hacks are super easy; others combine elements from multiple patterns in the book. Hopefully, they’ll inspire you to hack a few totes for your holiday gifts!

The fifth Happy Hack-mas project is …

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An insulated lunch bag with zippered top! This project is part scaled-down Basic Tote Bag (pg. 36) and part Zippered Cross-Body Bag (pg. 80). I used laminated cotton for the interior so it’s water resistant and easy to clean — must-have features for a lunch bag, in my opinion. The bag is interfaced with an insulated fleece (Insul-bright), which will help the contents stay at a consistent temperature for a little while. I’d been hoarding the cute food truck fabric from Timeless Treasures for a while and thought this would be a great use for it.

 

On the fourth day of Hack-mas …

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As a gift to you, I’m sharing a hack a day with “recipes” for using my latest book, Hack that Tote!, to create the projects. Some hacks are super easy; others combine elements from multiple patterns in the book. Hopefully, they’ll inspire you to hack a few totes for your holiday gifts!

The fourth Happy Hack-mas project is …

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A embellished wine bottle bag! I really love the Wine-Bottle Bag (pg. 46) in the book and thought it made a great “blank canvas” for embellishing. I made the bag from some beautiful natural Essex linen by Robert Kaufman I had in my stash, then embroidered a simple snowflake with white perle/pearl cotton. Around the top edge of the bag, I crocheted a simple scalloped edge, again with the perle cotton. It looks more complicated than it is!  Starting the edging with a blanket stitch (I draw my marks with a disappearing ink pen) makes the process so much easier.

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On the third day of Hack-mas …

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As a gift to you, I’m sharing a hack a day with “recipes” for using my latest book, Hack that Tote!, to create the projects. Some hacks are super easy; others combine elements from multiple patterns in the book. Hopefully, they’ll inspire you to hack a few totes for your holiday gifts!

The third Happy Hack-mas project is …

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A reusable fabric gift bag! This project is a mash up between the Goodie Bag with Reverse Applique (pg. 40) and the Wine-Bottle Bag (pg. 46). I used the measurements from the first bag and threw in the casing from the second. Since both bags are lined, the construction is virtually identical. I think it’s a great way to personalize a gift and also be friendlier to the environment.

By the way, I’m teaching this very bag in a special $10, one-hour class on 12/17 at Intown Quilters — come join me!

On the second day of Hack-mas …

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As a gift to you, I’m sharing a hack a day with “recipes” for using my latest book, Hack that Tote!, to create the projects. Some hacks are super easy; others combine elements from multiple patterns in the book. Hopefully, they’ll inspire you to hack a few totes for your holiday gifts!

 

The second Happy Hack-mas project is …

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A drawstring shoe bag (Fluevogs not included)! This is a scaled-down version of the Drawstring Backpack (pg. 54), minus the tabs. I also centered the opening for the drawstring, although that was more of a stylistic choice than anything else. I made mine with some beautiful yarn-dyed Essex linen by Robert Kaufman. It’s finished with the same french seams as instructed in the pattern but you could just as easily use a serger/overlocker to finish the seams instead.

By the way, I’m teaching this very bag in a special $10, one-hour class on 12/17 at Intown Quilters — come join me!