“Totes Gone Wild”

Each month we get busier and busier searching for cool Etsy shops to feature, spending time designing that month’s fabric for the CMYfabriK Box and so much more. We are so busy that this blog tends to fall to the wayside unfortunately, which makes us sad because it’s been around for a while now and we don’t want it to go away. To breathe fresh life into the blog, we have collaborated with Sara, a guest poster who will be showing you an alternative take on the instructions we provided for the March CMYfabriK Box. Here’s a little about her! 


Hi, I’m Sara Rowe Mount and I will be blogging about my explorations and experiments with CMYfabriK Box. I am a virtual assistant and writer who also blogs about self love, letting go of perfection, and my adventures as a newlywed at www.mrsimperfect.com. I have loved crafting since childhood, when my mom taught me how to sew and allowed me to get messy and creative with a variety of arts and crafts projects. Now as an adult I use crafting as a creative outlet and stress reducer.

I was excited to explore the goodies in my first CMYfabriK Box when it arrived this month. As a crafter, I’m always looking for new projects to try out. But honestly, what’s worst then wanting to start a project and not having all the materials you need to execute it? Or spending an hour browsing through endless bolts of boring, unoriginal fabric at a craft store?

What I love about CMYFabriK Box is that everything you need for a cool sewing or non-sew project is included. And you get a ½ yard of fabric that was exclusively created for that month! Your first box includes a handheld sewing machine, sewing kit, and a jazzy pin cushion (this month’s was one that can be worn on your wrist). The first no-sew box has a glue gun and hot glue sticks.

Picture 1

Every month also includes extras such as washi tape, thread, baker’s twine, and other crafty goodies. The project for the March box was a tote bag made with fabric featuring adorable woodland animals. I decided to put a twist on the project and make a reversible tote bag. Here’s how I did it:

1. Cut your fabric as directed in the instructions found in your box. Sew the straps as instructed.

2. Pin and sew your two pieces of animal fabric together in a u shape with the right sides facing each other. Do the same for the yellow fabric.

Picture 2

3. Turn the yellow fabric inside out.

4. Place the bag created by the yellow fabric inside the animal fabric. The right sides of each fabric will be facing each other. Sandwich the straps between the right sides of the fabric on each side (outer fabric pulled back to show layering in picture). Pin the animal fabric, yellow fabric and straps together on each side of the bag.

Picture 3 (2)

5. Stitch around the top of the bag approximately ½ inch from the top, leaving three inches of the bag unsewn. Using the hole you left, turn the bag inside out.


Picture 4-sideways

6. Push the lining into the bag. You then can either top stitch around the entire top of the bag to close the hole for a more finished look or whipstitch it closed. (Pic 5)


Picture 5-sideways

See you next month with another cool project from CMYfabriK Box!

Thanks Sara! We love seeing different variations to make the crafts. You can never have too many tote bags! 😀 Looking forward to your next craft post with us.


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