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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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