Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Hack That Tote { Halloween HACK}

Do you ever wonder about making a simple tote bag?  What fabrics to choose, different types of interfacing ( what IS interfacing anyway) or how to get that nice finished boxed bottom?

Mary Abreu from Confessions of a Craft Addict can answer those questions and MORE! Mary is one of the most FUN people I have ever had the pleasure to meet!  She takes her sewing seriously but makes it fun and easy for everyone to learn how to!


Mary's newest book Hack That Tote published by C&T Publishing, is the how to book everyone needs for starting out and building on basic tote skills!


Here is my HACK!  A new Halloween Tote bag!


The basic Tote pattern is SO fast and easy, it can be made in under an hour!   I used a canvas fabric from Ikea and opted out of the interfacing option.   The handles are from a thrifted heavy duty belt that I just cut up for lugging all of the candy that will be in the bag!  



I used Aurifil 40 weight to give this bag more strength for carrying all around the neighborhood!  Adam is digging it already!





Here are some other projects from the book when you are looking to go past the basic tote stage:



These Nesting bins are my next project from Mary's book!




So many amazing choices!  









Would you like to WIN a copy of Mary's book, Hack That Tote!  Trust me YOU DO!!!!!






Leave a comment on this post abouttelliing me your favorite Halloween candy!  If you are a no reply blogger, please leave your contact info in your comment post!  A random winner will be chosen 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.

Check out what everyone else has been saying about this amazing book! 

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 
10/3 Stephanie Moore 
10/4 Katy Cameron
10/5 Kim Niedzwiecki 
10/6 Mary Abreu  

54 comments:

Marsha Lawrence said...

Halloween candy? No such thing! I eat chocolate 12 times a year for about 3 days straight and I don't touch the other stuff.

GiftyDiane said...

My new Halloween fav is candy corn mixed with salted peanuts. That''s it! Totally addictive!

Adrienne said...

Great bag! I love tootsie rolls.

Adrienne said...

Great bag! I love tootsie rolls.

Jinger said...

Love your Halloween bag! My favorite Halloween candy is 3 Musketeers ��

ewecan said...

My favourite is the mini Butterfinger bars. Your bag looks like it would hold a substantial amount of goodies. My job is to make a Totonto Blue Jays pillowcase for the Halloween bag.

Kathleen Soman said...

Really like your bag, the book looks awesome too. My favorite Halloween candy is 1000 dollar grand bar.

Michelle Morrison said...

What a great bag! Mmm...candy. I think I'd have to say York peppermint patties.

Michelle Morrison said...

What a great bag! Mmm...candy. I think I'd have to say York peppermint patties.

Debbie said...

Smartees are my go to candy. Thanks

Debbie said...

Smartees are my go to candy. Thanks

GranChris said...

First you hit a home run on the Halloween tote. I don't eat candy but if I did it would be Peanut butter cups.

margaret said...

this looks like a book I could use, re halloween I hide as it scares me and do not have a special sweet

sharondavis205 said...

I love anything chocolate and not just at Halloween! M&Ms are my fav. Love the Halloween tote!

Mary Roberts said...

Now that I live in England and Halloween is not such a big deal what I miss are mini sized Payday bars. Like the tote and thanks for the opportunity to win.

Martina said...

When I was a kid, there was no Halloween in Germany... I only get what my kids don't like ;-) I do like all toffee-type things.

Anita said...

Candy Corn is my favorite!

Cindy Buchite said...

I love chocolate!

Lisa Marie said...

There is a candy bar called Take Five with chocolate, pretzels, caramel, etc. that is the best! They are sometimes hard to find in small sizes so stocking up at Halloween is a good idea. Or a bad idea, depending on your level of willpower!

Dorian said...

That book (and your bag!) look awesome. I love making bags. My favorite candy is snickers bars.

Linda Coleman said...

my favourite halloween candy is licquorice.

Gene Black said...

I don't know that I have a favorite. Ha ha.. I love almost all of it. But I always LOVED the houses that gave mini candy bars, like a Baby Ruth. Mmmmm chocolate, peanuts and caramel

Linda Williamson said...

For Halloween, I love all those little candy bars, snickers, milky way. crunch bars. Your bag is fantastic and I LOVE the photo, great location. Thanks for the book giveaway. grinnie1961 at gmail dot com (would you be willing to give the name and location of the thrift shop you mentioned on IG the other day?)

Debby C said...

Smarties rule. I would trade my chocolate to my brothers and sisters in exchange for smarties!

Karen said...

I love peanut butter Snickers, and they are on my shopping list today!

Quiltsmiles said...

100 grand bars are my absolute favorite but have to admit my love of sugar babies as well as most things CHOCOLATE!
Thanks and Happy Haunting this Halloween. Boo!!! Eeeek!

Laura said...

Smarties! Love the crunch and the chocolate.

JANET said...

Candy Corn is my favorite!

cghundley said...

Oh your Halloween
tote is fabulous!
Love the print and
it will be fun for
your son to carry
and fill! I love
Snicker bars.
Carla from Utah

lalaluu said...

This is just so cute! It gives me a Harlequin vibe, which is also perfect for Halloween!

Seacoast Quilter said...

I like the way you made this tote Halloween themed. Would love to win the book.

Donna W said...

Love your tote! I love chocolate, but at Halloween time it would have to be candy corn.

Cat Crain said...

TWIX!! Or Maybe KitKats... No Twix... ahhhhh!!!

tac73 said...

My favorite Halloween candy would be candy corn.

Allison CB said...

Love caramel apples....yup or just plain ole caramels....mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

Pam Beck said...

Hiya!!! Adam is one lucky guy to get such a great tote for his Halloween candy. My favorite candy is Mounds bars, but I don't think there has ever been a candy that I have met and haven't loved. Too many to try and list here. Hope you have a great weekend. Hugs!!!
pamspretties57 at gmail dot com

Anita said...

I really like candy corn, yum.

teachpany said...

Great ideas. I need to make some new bags. My favorite candy is candy corn, but I can't get one made in US with no artificial colors/flavors, so I can't eat it anymore, booohooo. I guess I'll have to stick to Dove dark chocolate.

Janarama said...

Actually I have three favorites ... M&M's, Hershey bars, and Dove Dark Chocolate.

Merrilee said...

Great- this post made me want to make a tote, eat candy, and take spooky pictures! I love Take Fives but really any kind of chocolate will do. I like to see candy corn but not eat it! This looks like a great book!!

Kristine said...

Chocolate of any kind! I actually love going trick or treating with my kids because we end up with such a great variety of candy and I'm an addict! Thanks for the chance to win and always posting such great reviews!

Patti said...

Yum Yum I am going with my all time favorite Almond Joy. Thanks for the chance to win.

Faith said...

Almond joys all the way and not just for Halloween! Love your Halloween tote!

madhappycrafter said...

Love your new halloween bag! I still love Nestle crunch and hershey bars the best! can't have those around for the kiddos; I eat 'em all! thanks for a chance at this giveaway
Brenda Bailey
salim3796@yahoo.com

Jodi - usairdoll said...

Oh your bag turned out amazing! Love it done in Halloween colors. My favorite candy would be Reese's, for Halloween and any other time as well, hehe.

Thanks for a chance to win.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

PK Sews said...

I love the dramatic impact of your tote! My favorite Halloween candy is chocolate of any kind. Thanks for the fun!

Cloud 9 said...

Anything with chocolate but heath bars top the list.

86201580-c726-11e3-b07a-000bcdcb5194 said...

the only candy I eat is dark chocolate. thanks for the chance to win this book. mfhagopian@aol.com

Jennifer Scantlebury Vienneau said...

Rockets! And candy corn! I love Hallowe'en!! Your bag is great!

Pamela Kish said...

Smarties, candy corn, and tootsie rolls! I'd love to win this book
. THanks!

Smiley said...

I so need some new bags and the cover ones would be perfect! My favorite Halloween candies are the little Coffee Crisp bars and the molasses kisses.

sisylyn2 said...

My favorite Halloween candy is candy corn.
gandn74@ymail.com

Lee said...

I love candy corn - I like the honey taste!! thanks!!

Donna Cutting said...

Great blog tour and excited about this book as I have just started to make bags. I love coffee crisp. Oh and Wagon wheels were a favorite when I was a kid.
djcutting2 at gmail dot com

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