hackthattotecoverIt’s been so much fun to read along with each stop of the Hack that Tote! blog tour. I’ve loved seeing what each of the talented folks who’ve taken part have done to tweak the bags from the book to suit their needs. A big “thank you” to these wonderful folks for being a part (be sure to check out each to see what they’ve whipped up and enter their giveaway):

9/27 C&T

9/28 Sue O’Very

9/29 Gen Q Teri Lucas 

9/30 Patty Murphy

10/1 Vanessa Lynch

10/2 Lindsay Conner

10/3 Stephanie Moore

10/4 Katy Cameron

10/5 Kim Niedzwiecki

I wrapped up the book last fall but I’ve continued to play around with different ideas for modifying not only the Basic Tote Bag but many of the projects in the book. I’ll see a shape or a fabric or fun hardware and wonder “how can I use that?” and off I go!

That’s somewhat how this particular hack came to be. I saw a metallic leather bucket bag on a fashion blog and immediately realized how similar it was in shape to the Tote. My plan is to make it metallic leather some day but I had some beautiful metallic champagne vinyl in my stash and got to work.

bucket bag

This bag is closer in proportions to the Goodie Bag with Reverse Applique, with all four sides finishing about the same width. I made one long strap and attached it to the center of the side seams with a nice, big box stitch.

handle stitches

Because I put metal grommets around the top of the bag for the drawstring (which I still need — the silver cord is just a placeholder), I opted to use another piece of the vinyl for the top of the lining. It makes it a bit of a challenge when it comes to pressing the top seam of the bag but I like having the extra durability of the vinyl vs. using a full lining of fabric.

One of the touches that I love is the magnetic closure. The tabs are separate pieces and the vinyl should help them hold up to the wear and tear that happens with this type of bag closure.

magnetic closure

My hope with Hack that Tote! is that you’ll not only love the projects I’ve included but that you’ll be inspired to mix up things and make the bags you sew reflect your style. I’d love to see what you make! Tag your projects #hackthatote or share them to my Facebook Page because show-and-tell is my favorite!

And … C&T Publishing is graciously giving away a copy of Hack that Tote! to one lucky reader of this blog! (Printed copy for those in the U.S.; ebook outside of the U.S.) Simply comment below and tell me a favorite hack from the tour. I’ll use Random.org to choose a winner after 5 p.m. Eastern time on 10/10. Good luck!

 

15 thoughts on “Hack that Tote! Blog Tour

  1. Carla Hundley

    I just love your projects
    from the book and all
    the designs on the blog
    hops! I love the colors
    used in the bag made
    by Patty Murphy.
    Carla from Utah

  2. Mary Furber

    I love all the bags I’ve seen on this hop. But your vinyl version looks like it would wear the best. Thanks for the books being given away. Hope I win one!

  3. Cat Crain

    I ADORE the Nancy Drew book tote!!! SUPER CUTE!!! Also inspired to use my statsh of Cotton & Steel from the tote I saw featured on Gen Q’s post.

  4. Tac

    Thank you for this book. I love all the posts I have seen. Making the handles on totes more sturdy is one I hope to use.

  5. Donna

    Really enjoyed the blog tour, excited about the book because a
    Of all the hacks I could learn from. I like the ideas for handles and would like to make some bags smaller.

  6. usairdoll

    Wow! It’s been a super hop! Great seeing all the different bags. I’ve only made the small zippered pouches so this book sounds just what I need to get me going. I’ve love Patty’s big quilt tote, the library bag using the Nancy Drew fabric as well as the big laundry bag. All of these I can use. I’d also love to make a bag for traveling.

    Thanks for a chance to win. Fingers crossed, I have the perfect hoarded fabric for a traveling bag, hehe.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

  7. Martina

    I love all about the different straps and I would really love to check out that section of the book.

  8. Maria Beuttenmuller

    The blog tour has been great and as a bag maker have enjoyed all the fine details and fabrics chosen along the way! Yours has been intriguing for sure. My favorite was Kate’s Tote of the littlest thistle as I love the soft colors contrasted by the leather handles and shape! Here’s hoping!

  9. Allison

    I have really enjoyed all the creative examples on this blog hop! I have to get out my tubular frames, some of the fabric I have stashed away and get busy making a me version of a bag! Thanks for all the inspiration!!!

  10. Lorraine Mabbett

    I love this idea:

    Because I put metal grommets around the top of the bag for the drawstring (which I still need — the silver cord is just a placeholder), I opted to use another piece of the vinyl for the top of the lining. It makes it a bit of a challenge when it comes to pressing the top seam of the bag but I like having the extra durability of the vinyl vs. using a full lining of fabric.

  11. Michelle M

    I’ve loved seeing all the great ideas! Nancy Drew was my favorite, and I think I’d benefit most from suggestions to make the bag (especially handles) sturdier.

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