I am thrilled to be the next stop on the blog tour of Mary Abreu’s newest book Hack that Tote!
***Scroll to the bottom of the post to enter a chance to win a copy of Hack that Tote and to see the blog tour schedule. You can enter on each site to win a copy!***
I have been hoarding a FQ of the bookshelf print of Get a Clue with Nancy Drew fabric (from Moda) for years. Since it first came out 4 years ago. I always thought I’d make a library tote bag with it. I lacked time and inspiration.
Hack that Tote to the rescue!
What I love about the book is that all of the basic tote styles are laid out for you with good starting sizes, so you’ve already got an excellent place to start from. Then from there you can make them smaller or bigger to suit your needs and the book gives instructions on how to do that.
I started with the basic tote bag pattern. I knew right away that I wanted to add a large front pocket featuring my favorite fabric. I chose a simple snap closer to help keep it in place.
The book also features a great section on different fabrics and interfacings to use. The bulk of my fabric was quilting cotton but the gray outer fabric was essex (a linen/cotton blend) so I had to use just the right interfacings. I used both Pellon Fusible Midweight interfacing (931TD) and my favorite, Pellon Flex Foam (FF77).
The pocket was attached near the bottom of the bag, so it doesn’t go down onto the bottom where I could loose small items.
On the interior, I opted for a simple pocket and one of my favorite features, a key catcher! I use those all the time on bags I have.
And of course, every library tote must have text print fabric inside 🙂 making it the perfect place to carry your books!
I quilted the handles and used Pellon Flex Foam in them. The quilting helps hold it in place and gives it a good grip so the fabric doesn’t bunch up and the interfacing doesn’t move.
I am already thinking about hacks for some of my other favorite bag styles in the book!
Now it’s your chance to win a copy of Hack that Tote!
Comment below for your chance to enter. Tell me what you’d make or what fabric you’d use or just say “hi”. You can also enter on my FB page and IG page (@punkinpatterns).
**Open to ALL but only US residents can with a paper/physical copy. All others (those outside the US) can win an eBook copy.**
Giveaway ends 10/7 at 10AM CST.
Giveaway is sponsored by C&T Publishing.
Don’t forget to stop by the other blogs on the tour and enter to win your own copy of Hack that Tote!
9/27 C&T http://www.ctpub.com/blog/
9/28 Sue O’Very http://sueoverydesigns.com/
9/29 Gen Q Teri Lucas http://generationqmagazine.
9/30 Patty Murphy http://pattymurphyhandmade.
10/1 Vanessa Lynch http://punkinpatterns.com/blog
10/2 Lindsay Conner http://lindsaysews.com
10/3 Stephanie Moore http://www.alittlemooreblog.
10/4 Katy Cameron http://www.the-
10/5 Kim Niedzwiecki http://www.gogokim.com
10/6 Mary Abreu http://