Recently my friend and author Mary Abreu of Confessions Of A Craft Addict came out with her third book, Hack That Tote, and she asked if I would like to take part in a blog hop for it.  I’m always up for investigating how other people make things, so I happily accepted her offer.

I read through the book while I was away on holiday, and I loved the basic premise, that is to take one pattern for a tote bag and adapt in in a variety of ways to create a whole new look.  I knew immediately which one I wanted to make, as I’ve had a bag frame languishing in my stash for a while and hadn’t had a chance to play with it yet, so I went with the cover option on the left:


It’s amazing how close this pattern is to the original basic tote at the start of the book, but there were a few things I changed, after all, the idea is to hack that tote!

  • I had a small alteration to work with the frame I had, which involved actual hand sewing (and actual hand cramp!)
  • I switched up the construction of the outer so that I could use several of the Stof linens that I’d had in my collection for about 3 years, after a trip to see Susan (aka Canadian Abroad)
  • I changed the construction of the outer pocket so that I could use one of the lacy zips that I’ve also been hoarding for some time
  • I used premade handles because again, I seem to collect them without using them

So here is my version:





Here’s a few other patterns from the book that I liked as they show some of the wide variety of options you can make:




Now C&T publishing have been very generous and offered a chance for you to win a copy of your own – this will be a hard copy for those in the US, or an e-book for those of you elsewhere in the world.  For your chance to win, let me know in the comments either what your favourite hack to make to a bag pattern is, or what you would like to know how to do.  Mr Random.org will help me to choose a winner by midnight BST on 10/10.


This giveaway is now closed, thanks to everyone for playing!  The winner is #5, Mary Furber