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 weekend travel bag! This is the mack daddy of all bags, made right before my most recent trip to Houston for International Quilt Market. It’s an oversized version of the Tubular Frame Purse (pg. 60), made with Kokka linen/cotton canvas designed by Ellen Luckett Baker with a contrasting bottom of Cuddle Suede by Shannon Fabrics. The Echino strapping is a great contrast, although I really wish I’d bought enough to sew between the contrast and main bag seams, then let the straps hug the bag body. This is what happens when you just wing it. The bag fits under the seat in front of you on a plane. I put oversized patch pockets inside and subdivided them specifically for holding my travel essentials, including my personal sized planner.