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DIY Christmas tote

Five days till Christmas, just enough time to whip up a little Christmas tote! One lucky recipient of my book did exactly that, taking the ‘Spare Pair of Shoes Tote’ and converting it into a Christmas sack for someone special, simply by choosing a festive combination of fabrics and embellishing it with her own designs.

Below is the original project, and Judy’s Christmas sack. Very clever, well done Judy! May it bring much joy and happiness to Indie this Christmas.

I’ve also included the instructions for you, should you wish to make your own (click the image to enlarge). Please send me a photo if you do, I’d love to see your creation!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Kitty x

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DIY Lunch tote

It’s always great when a magazine features one your projects! Mollie Makes printed my lunch tote in Issue Thirty-Nine, it’s nestled in amongst much crafty goodness. The magazine is so well designed, fresh and engaging…I may well become a subscriber.

Aaaaand, it’s almost Christmas! Looking for the perfect crafty stocking-filler? You’ll find this project and more in my book Totes Amaze. It can be found at all good bookstores, check out the link in the sidebar.

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Gardening Tote

I’m in the process of moving to another state, a quiet place with plenty of space to create. The garden once a thriving oasis, is in dire need of some TLC. I’ve been plotting, digging, planting and raking my heart out (and have the blisters to prove it). The six-pocket gardening tote I created for my book has come in handy for lugging tools from one end of the yard to the other, and for the many trips to the local hardware.

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I inserted a sturdy plastic base into this tote – a good decision, as  not only does it create more space at the bottom of the bag, it makes things easier to find and the bag stands upright. The pockets are also perfect for small tools and other bits and pieces like my keys, phone, and water bottle. I’m quietly pleased with myself for making a tote that has immediate practical use for me – at the time of making this bag, owning a large garden was just a dream. Dream big…one day it may become a reality!

Tips for making a garden tote:

* choose darker coloured fabric, that is either washable or waterproof

* cut a sturdy piece of plastic that can be inserted firmly into the base of your bag – available at art and craft supply stores

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I’m not sure it’s the right time to deadhead lavender, but I couldn’t resist tidying these hedges up. I’m sure I’ll learn a lot about gardening in the next few months!