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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

Color Block Tote Bag Pattern

Color Block Tote Bag Pattern
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In the Designer's Words: "Make a gorgeous and practical two tone bag with this easy and quick Color Block tote bag tutorial. Great project for beginner sewists!"
Learn how to make a tote bag that you can actually use as a purse. Unlike other DIY tote bags, the Color Block Tote Bag Pattern is as practical as it is stylish. This sturdy, free sewing pattern makes a fantastic everyday purse and is even tough enough to serve as a book bag for a college student. Combining a handful of colors you adore and precious accents like the DIY tassel attached, this DIY craft looks store-bought for half the price. You will need 2.5 yards of fabric to create this free purse pattern. 

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Time to CompleteUnder an hour

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Fashionable tote for gift giving to anyone on your list. With so many ideas for fabrics and colors, this tote can be a compliment to anyone's wardrobe.

The unusal design of this bag is quite becoming enough for me to wish to make. I plan to use it to store my blender.

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