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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."

Fourth of July Fireworks Tote

By: Anne E. Smith for Red Heart Yarn

This colorful Fireworks Fourth of July Tote would make the perfect bright accessory to a fourth of July parade.  The best part?  The red-and-white pattern make it a cute tote for any day of the week.


  • RED HEART® “Super Saver®”: 2 Skeins 0319 Cherry
  • Red A and 1 skein 0311 White B.
  • Crochet Hook: 4mm [US G-6].
  • Yarn needle, one 1” button.

Gauge: 16 sts = 4”; 16 rows = 4” in sc. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.

Size: Tote measures 10" x 12"

Abbreviations: A, B = Color A, Color B; ch = chain;
dec = decrease; mm = millimeters; rnd = round;
sc = single crochet; st(s) = stitch(es); * or ** = repeat
whatever follows the * or ** as indicated; [ ] = work
directions in brackets the number of times specified.


Note: To Change Color In Sc: With present color draw up a loop in st before change then complete the sc with the next color. Carry color not in use loosely across top of row and work over it as you go.

DOTS (Worked over a multiple of 4 sts + 3 sts):
Row 1 (Right Side): Ch 1, 1 sc A, 1 sc B, * 3 sc A, 1 sc B; repeat from * to last st; 1 sc A; turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each sc across with A; turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, 3 sc A, * 1 sc B, 3 sc A; repeat from * across; turn.
Row 4: Repeat Row 2. Repeat Rows 1-4 for Dots pattern. CHECKS (Worked over a multiple of 6 sts + 3 sts):
Row 1 (Right Side): Ch 1, 3 sc A, * 3 sc B, 3 sc A; repeat from * across.
Rows 2 and 3: Repeat Row 1.
Rows 4, 5 and 6: Ch 1, 3 sc B, * 3 sc A, 3 sc B; repeat from * across. Repeat Rows 1-6 for Checks pattern.

BASE-Row 1: With A, ch 16; sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across; turn – 15 sc.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each sc across.
Rows 3-47: Work Rows 1-4 of Dots pattern 11 times, then work 1 more A row. Fasten off. With wrong side facing, join A and slip st in each st and row around base. Fasten off.

BACK: With wrong side facing, join A and work 47 sc along one long edge of Base. Work Rows 1-4 of Dots pattern 9 times, then repeat Dots pattern Row 1 again. Fasten off.

FRONT: Work same as for Back across remaining long edge of Base.

SIDES (Make 2): With wrong side facing join A and work 15 sc along side edge of Base. Work 37 sc rows even with A. Fasten off. Sew back and front to sides.

LARGE POCKET: With A, ch 46.
Row 1 (Right Side): Sc in 2nd ch from hook and next 2 ch, * 3 sc B, 3 sc A; repeat from * across; turn – 45 sts.
Rows 2-24: Repeat Checks pattern Rows 2-6, then Rows 1-6 three times. ** Fasten off.

Edging-Rnd 1: With right side facing, join A in any st, leaving chain row free, and slip st around; join with a slip st in back loop of first slip st.
Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in back loop of each slip st around; join with a slip st in first sc. Fasten off. Sew pocket to Back through sc rnd on 3 sides.

BOTTLE POCKET: With A, ch 22. Work same as Large Pocket over 21 sts to **.
Row 25: With A, ch 1, [sc in sc; draw up a loop in next 2 sc, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook] 7 times – 14 sts. Fasten off.

Edging: Work same as for Large Pocket. Sew to Side through sc row on 3 sides.

FLAP-Row 1: With right side of Back facing, skip 13 sc, join A in next sc; ch 1, sc in same sc and next 2 sc,[3 sc B, 3 sc A] 3 times; turn – 21 sts.
Rows 2-19: Repeat Checks pattern Rows 2-6, then Rows1-6 twice, then Row 1 once more.

Shape Flap: Keeping continuity of pattern, decrease 1 st at each end of next 2 rows – 17 sts. Fasten off.

Bag and Flap Edging: With right side facing, join A in first sc to the left of the flap; ch 1, sc evenly around bag to flap, work 1 sc in each row down side of flap, 7 sc across end of flap, ch 3 for button loop, skip next 3 sc, 7 sc across end of
flap, 1 sc in each row sc up side of flap to first sc; join with a slip st in first sc. Fasten off.

Flap Edging-Row 1: With right side facing, join A in first sc at right edge of flap; ch 1, sc in each sc along flap, working 3 sc in ch-3 space; do not turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, working left to right, sc in each sc around flap for reverse sc. Fasten off. Sew button in center of front about 4” from top edge.

STRAP (Make 2): With a double strand of A, skip first 5 sc on top edge of bag, join in next sc; ch 1, sc in same sc and in next 2 sc; turn – 3 sc. Work 75 rows of sc. Fasten off, leaving a long sewing strand. Leaving last 5 sc of top
edge free, sew end of strap to opposite edge of same side of bag.

LITTLE POCKET: With A, ch 16. Work same as Large Pocket over 15 sts to **. Fasten off. Fold in half and sew side seams. Join A at seam; ch 1, sc around top edge; join with a slip st in first sc; ch 20, slip st in 2nd ch from hook and next 7 ch; hold chain next to top edge of bag front 6 sts from strap and slip st together the next 3 ch and next 3 sc of bag front, then slip st in remaining ch; slip st in first slip st. Fasten off. The little pocket will hold a cell phone and can be used on inside or outside of bag.


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The dots row pattern starts at row 3. What happened to row 1 and 2. The directions state starting with row 3-47 to crochet rows 1-4 of the bead row, but there is no row 1 and 2


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