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 …


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.