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 …


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.