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My husband uses crates to keep things organized, from his shop to his vehicle. He has had this small crate, perfect for the extra vehicle fluids he likes to have on hand in case of an emergency, for probably longer than I have known him. I also tend to keep the good portion of jeans for denim picnic quilts, patching, totes, etc. Well, he asked me about a month ago to make him a tote for this crate, just to make it easier to move to/from the vehicle when necessary. He apparently had a nice pair of black jeans I had purchased for him, that were honestly marked wrong. I had a really hard time cutting these jeans down, as they looked amazing, but since I more than likely purchased them at a thrift shop (no returns) I was okay in turning a negative into a positive. So, from jeans to a crate tote, my husband now has a convenient, yet easier “grab & go” tote. Now, I forgot where we found the belting that I used for the strap handles. Not my normal strapping for totes, but when you are making something for a guy, you want something rugged. This stuff is the same as what seatbelts are made of. The benefit is that there is no way that the plastic tote will fall through…LOL…First there is plenty of stitching to secure things, but this strapping gives it extra powerful support. Some projects I have to give some thought to before I begin. This was one of them. My husband is not a huge guy, so his pant legs, when opened at the seam do not make a piece of fabric large enough to create this carrier without a little creative thought.

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A sweater that was gifted to me. I loved the sweater, the quality yarn that was used, yet since I was unable to wear it due to it being too tight around my neck) I wanted to make something without having to give it up. It resulted in two practical items. First: A new, fully lined (with a complimenting fabric with heavy, fusible interfacing) tote to be used for a variety of purposes. From Farmer Market days, shopping, to carrying extra clothes when out. Other materials used was some heavy duty, fusible interfacing, and complimentary fabric for the lining. I also re-purposed a strap that I rescued from another item that was no longer in useable condition. And secondly, an awesome pair of fingerless hand warmers, which you can see on my New Life – Gloves, Mitten, Warmers…page.

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Transformed a khaki jumper into a book tote, adding for the lining, a floral print that matched well with the embroidery from the jumper, pulling it all together.

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