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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."

Jane Austen Book Club Tote

Updated October 09, 2019

Are you and your friends starting a book club?  Crochet this Jane Austen Book Club Tote to carry your favorite books with you!  This lovely crocheted tote is easy to make and a great project for crochet fans of all skill levels.  You could also use this crocheted tote bag as a purse or satchel for school.  Work up this bag in the featured lovely shade of purple or use your favorite yarn color to make your own Jane Austen-style book tote bag.

Jane Austen Book Club Tote

Materials:

  • 4.50 Crochet Hook
  • Tapestry or Wool Needle
  • 8ply Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Measuring Tape

 

Instructions:
Approximately 10x11 inches (25x27 cm)

  1. I started by doing a Slip Knot. Then I crocheted 70 chain stitches.
     
  2. Chain 1, then skip 1 chain and single crochet into every chain. After making one row of single crochets, slip stitch both pieces together, but be sure not to twist it!
     
  3. Then I started making Puff Stitches!... I just love them, they always look so cute and are so fun to make!  Start of by chaining 3, then crochet a Puff Stitch into the next stitch. Chain 2, skip 1 stitch then crochet a puff stitch. Continue doing this all the way around.
     
  4.  After making 19 rows of puff stitch, I ended it off. Then taking my wool needle I sewed together the bottom of the 'round pouch'.
     
  5. Now it was time to get started on the strap. I made 6 chain stitches.
     
  6. I then started crocheting single crochets till the strap measured 125cm.
     
  7. Taking your wool needle again, attach the long strap to either side of the bag.
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love the bag, but the instructions are not easy to understand . I'll give it a go by looking at the picture. Sorry it was not clear to me.

If you go to her blog, there's a link through to a Youtube video she's done showing her version of the puff stitch. It's at https//www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYp6tJFiank

Uh, what is a puff stitch, please?

Hi there - Here is some information about the puff stitch - To crochet a puff stitch, you half-close several stitches worked in the same stitch and then join them together to finish the stitch. For more information or specific pattern-related questions, please contact the designer directly via her designer profile. Thanks!

Please describe your version of a puff stitch

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