Sunday, October 2, 2016

Cuddle Laundry Bag: Hack That Tote! Blog Tour + Giveaway

Today I'm excited to share a project I made for my son's room as part of the Hack That Tote! blog tour. Pssst! Be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of this post.

Cuddle Laundry Duffle

Fellow Stash Books author Mary Abreu has written a fantastic book about bag-making secrets, which will not only teach you how to make 11 specific projects (a pool tote, wine bottle bag, messenger bag with flap), but how to make some simple modifications to the size, shape and extras of that bag to make ANY kind of bag you'd like.

Hack that Tote bags

See the "zip-top purse" on the left? Looks complicated. But after you've tackled several of the beginner-friendly projects (like the "basic tote bag" in the middle), you'll gain the confidence to add zippers and purse hardware. That's what this book is all about! Growing your skills and not being afraid to get in there and try out some new techniques.

Cuddle Laundry Bag
Since my family has recently moved, I've taken the last week to redecorate my toddler son's room. When I saw this "laundry duffle bag" project from the book (pictured above on the right), I knew it would be the perfect tote to house all of Elliot's stuffed animals, currently scattered about in boxes.

4 fold strap and mesh

I didn't have any cording or the cord-stop fastener required in the pattern, so I started by making my own 4-fold strapping from quilting fabric. (Mary will teach you how to make straps in the book!) I was just planning to tie knots in the ends and rig up my own drawstring cord. 

Well, wouldn't you know it... before I was done, I found a leftover drawstring cord and casing with the plastic cord stop from a mesh laundry bag. (I sometimes buy and cut up mesh laundry bags to use the mesh in other projects.) Score!

Cuddle Laundry Tote
So, for my tote hack, I've used Shannon Cuddle® fabric (the print is Chugga Chugga) for the bag. I omitted the strap and subbed in a drawstring and casing salvaged from another mesh laundry bag. I also made the bag about 6" longer than in the original pattern to hold more stuffed animals, but kept the width and depth the same.

This project was so liberating, because I didn't feel any pressure to follow the rules. Mary's book is all about taking a pattern and making it with your own special flair! Her tips on interfacing and stabilizers, plus common pattern hacks, will help you make a bag that you're really proud of.


Hack that Tote

Giveaway!

Congrats to winner, Mary O.!

Win a copy of Mary's book, Hack That Tote! Leave a comment on this post telling me about the type of bag that's your favorite to sew, or what you'd like to learn how to sew for yourself, for your chance to win. I'll choose one random winner on 10/9!

Winners living outside the U.S. will receive an eBook version, and winners in the U.S. will receive a paper copy.

Follow the rest of the blog tour!

9/27 CTPub.com
9/28 Sue O’Very
9/29 Gen Q
9/30 Patty Murphy
10/1 Vanessa Lynch
10/2 Lindsay Sews -- you are here!
10/3 Stephanie Moore
10/4 Katy Cameron
10/5 Kim Niedzwiecki
10/6 Mary Abreu 





39 comments:

  1. I like to sew the Winslow bag! It is a free pattern and easy to make! Thanks!

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  2. Hey Lindsay! I wish Elliot would stop growing so fast! hehe. What a great idea for all of those millions of kids toys that end up all over the place. ; ) Great fabric choice too.
    -El

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  3. I have designed my own version of a basic quilted tote that is the one I most often make. There are lots of ways to vary the look of it so it works for most of the things I want to do.

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  4. would love a new book on making bags, thanks

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  5. Really cute bad,
    love the material.
    I'don't like to make
    a zippered bag.
    Carla from Utah

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  6. Whoops, supposed
    to say bag!
    Carla from Utah

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  7. i love tote bags for just about everything. I need to make a new one to carry craft supplies for grand kids to use.

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  8. This is sew cute. I truly do need to make my husband and I a travel laundry bag, so this is dearly needed. Thank you for the inspiration and the great giveaway.

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  9. Just started making bags and would love this book to help me out, thanks.
    djcutting2 at gmail dot com

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  10. I love a bag with lots of pockets, inside pockets, outside pockets,,,the more the merrier!

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  11. I would like to make another tote for traveling with enough pockets to store all of my carry-on items. I like to be organized. maryc76904 at yahoo dot com

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  12. I love cross-body bags. They have just the right amount of challenge without getting too fussy with all the hardware and bling.

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  13. Love your cuddle laundry bag (will have to make one for my newborn grandson!). I love making zip bags...all sizes and shapes. Thanks for the sweet giveaway!!
    cwayons(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  14. I like med sized bags (have to carry an epipen) and cross body. Pockets that zip shut to keep things safe even better!

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  15. Reversible drawstring bags are easy and fun. I've made them in different sizes.

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  16. I make a lot of Fat Quarter bags and Grocery bags to be used by women at the shelter.

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  17. My favorite bag to make is pretty simple ~ a rectangle with boxed corners and straps long enough to wear on my shoulder. I also put pockets in it to hold my glasses, sunglasses, phone and a little notebook. I can make them big or small.
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  18. I love your laundry bag. I made one for my granddaughter to use in her luggage. She loved having a place to put her dirty clothes, while keeping her clean clothes fresh.

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  19. I would love to learn how to make the totes with fancy handles.

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  20. I love to make bags, but there's still a lot I'd like to learn about different hardware, things like rivets. This book looks great! thanks!

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  21. I do love making bags but the more complicated and tricky they are, the more frustrated I gcan feel. However, all that agro is forgotten once the bag is completed and you take a step back and look at it and think - wow - I MADE that!!!!

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  22. My favorite bag would be a combination purse and tote
    gandn74@ymail.com

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  23. At the moment I am making fabric baskets for the nursery for our baby due in December, it's addictive!!!
    iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

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  24. I'd like to learn how to do that wrap around zipper bag. Looks like a great one!

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  25. I would really like to make that zip top purse. And I love your idea of using the laundry bag for stuffed toys!

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  26. I loved to do the Bionic Gear Bag and now I want to do a cross body backpack.

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  27. Nice job! I really want to make that Tula bag on the book cover.

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  28. Nice job! I really want to make that Tula bag on the book cover.

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  29. I would love to learn to make that bag on the cover with the blue zipper.

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  30. I would love to learn to make a good quality bag like the Tula Pink one. Thanks for the giveaway. grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

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  31. Tote bags and purses are my favorite type of bag to make./

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  32. Your big bag turned out super! I've only made the small zippered bags but I'd love a big bag to use for traveling. I like the idea of the book helping to take baby steps and building confidence.

    Thanks for a chance to win. Fingers crossed for the win, I'd love this book!

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  33. I would love to learn how to make one of these bags. Your bag looks super cute!
    pjames330 at aol dot com

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  34. Quilted reuseable shopping bags.

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  35. Love the colors inthe bags ,natbelinsky@verizon.net

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  36. I love these cute bags! I would love to learn how to sew some nice, quilted bags.

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  37. I would love to learn to sew pajama pants

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  38. I'd love to learn how to sew a quilted tote bag!

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