image-1-9Happy Hack-mas! It’s Dec. 1 and I’m full of holiday happiness — and sewing. This year has just flown by and one of the high points for me was the release of my third book, Hack that Tote!, in September.

When I was in the planning stages for the book, I talked with my publisher about including a gallery of additional projects as inspiration. In the end, it didn’t make the cut. But as a gift to you, I’m sharing a hack a day with “recipes” for using the book 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!

And now, without further ado, the first Happy Hack-mas project is …

tubular frame batgirl

A Tubular Frame Purse (pg. 60), made with a mix of quilting cotton and yellow vinyl. If you follow me on Instagram, you may already have seen this project. It’s definitely one of my favorites!

I followed the pattern from the book fairly closely. The biggest change is the contrasting vinyl, which meant dividing the exterior panels into two pieces and adding seam allowance to join the two. Definitely use a leather needle for stitching the vinyl, especially the seam for those corded handles — it’s super bulky.