The Tote-ally Crafty Bag Challenge

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Join the Tote-ally Crafty Bag Challenge today!

Join the Tote-ally Crafty Bag Challenge today!

Photo: Zach Desert and Burcu Avsar

The Tote-ally Crafty Bag Challenge has officially ended.  We will announce the four grand prize winners on CraftStylish on August 8th.  Thanks to all who entered and made our first challenge an enormous success.  You can check out the amazing tote bag entries.

Our first CraftStylish challenge invites you to show us your stuff, your crafty stuff—tote bag style. Make, create and craft a Tote-ally fabulous tote bag, post pictures of your entry. After posting your entry, be sure to tell your friends by adding our Tote-ally crafty badge to your web page. The challenge will be open for entries until 11:59pm ET on July 31st. Keep your fingers crossed until August 8th when we'll announce four challenge winners (one for each category) on CraftStylish. The prize? Four Grand Prize Packages will be awarded to each winner of every category.

The Grand Prize Packages consist of a fabulous and official CraftStylish tote bag filled to the brim with crafty delights worth over $250 including:

  • $50 Gift Card from
  • Lantern Moon Jade/Chocolate Silk Needle Case
  • Lantern Moon Knitting needles - 1 pair size 6, 10" straight needles in ebony AND 1 pair Destiny circulars, size 8 26"length, in rich rosewood.
  • Rotary Cutter from Martelli Enterprises

Library of crafty books including:

The Tote-ally Crafty Bag Challenge

It's simple; make an absolutely fabulous tote bag, any style or size, and any way that you like.

We've created four craft categories to challenge your skills, inspire your imagination and show us your craft passion. They are:

Play Ball: This category celebrates the most inspired use of yarn. Be it by stitch, loop or some other daring technique, show us just how far some skeins of yarn can go when put to the challenge.

All That Glitters: You'll have to get your bling on for this category, for we are looking for the most spellbinding use of embellishment. Think: eye-catching, head turning, and Va Va Voom WOW!

Eco-Chic: If you are an ardent recycler or a master of innovation (or both) this category is for you. Make a tote bag out of the brilliant use of recycled, or unconventional materials.

The Omni-Crafter Special: If you are the lucky challenge hopeful who simply can't decide which one of your crafty passions to employ, try all of them. This category challenges you to make artful use of as many DIY talents you can get into the making of one awesome tote.

Here's how to enter:

  1. Title of your bag
  2. A brief description of how you created it, the category that you are entering and a sentence or two telling us why you should win.
  3. Please post at least two great images of your tote bag (image requirements are detailed in the form)

Project entries can be posted until July 31th 11:59pm ET. Contest winners for each category will be announced on August 8th on

If you have any questions or comments about The Tote-ally Crafty Bag Challenge please feel free to post them below. All questions will be answered here (below.)

For details on rules and eligibility please click here.

Good Luck!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER. This contest is open to legal residents of the United States, who are at least 18 years old, and to legal residents of Canada (except Quebec), who are over the age of majority in their province of residence. Sweepstake void in Quebec, Puerto Rico and anywhere else where prohibited.

The Tote-ally Craft Bag Challenge is officially closed.  The winners will be announced on August 8th, 2008

Visit the Tote-ally Craft Bag Challenge gallery.

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Comments (41)

MichaelaMurphy writes: MsKirko,
Wow, you made several--I am impressed. It was fun watching you power-post them to the contest last night right down to the wire. They are all set.
Posted: 12:37 pm on August 1st
MichaelaMurphy writes: Hi cndplus2,
I looked and found your bag-the tag needed to be reset. You 're all set and it should appear up in the tote-bag gallery sometime today. Thanks for the head's up.

Posted: 12:34 pm on August 1st
cndplus2 writes: Michaela - I posted my entry yesterday morning but it is still not showing up. I was being patient waiting for it to show up, but now I'm afraid I've missed the contest.
Posted: 8:29 am on August 1st
MichaelaMurphy writes: Hi,
Don't worry about the last minute posts not showing up yet, they will. I am keeping an eye on things here behind the scenes until the deadline passes.
Posted: 11:55 pm on July 31st
MsKirko writes: Done! Sheesh... I hope they work! You'll make sure, right Michaela?
Posted: 11:54 pm on July 31st
MsKirko writes: I don't see mine either! I added 3--very last minute. I hope they work! I'm going to try to upload one more...
Posted: 11:47 pm on July 31st
JudaFish writes: I don't see mine either....I posted it about 15 minutes ago.....I know, SUPER LAST MINUTE
Posted: 11:36 pm on July 31st
MichaelaMurphy writes: Hi Lorien,
Don't worry if your bag isn't showing up yet. It is there (I just looked) Once the site updates you can see it up in the gallery.
Posted: 11:08 pm on July 31st
Lorien writes: Slipping in at the very last minute here...hope my entry shows up!
Posted: 11:02 pm on July 31st
MichaelaMurphy writes: Mamaslittletreasures,
You're all set--the tag needed to be set to the Tote-ally Crafty Bag Challenge. I set it for you and it will appear once the site updates (because the bag was already loaded) But I double checked and it is there.
Posted: 10:37 pm on July 31st
mamaslittletreasures writes: Hi! Sorry to be a bother, but I submitted my entry this morning and I still don't see it listed. Did I take a wrong turn somewhere? If there is anything else I need to do, please let me know and I"ll take care of it right away! This is great fun, Thanks!
Posted: 9:17 pm on July 31st
MichaelaMurphy writes: Hi Sugarpaperpress,
Yes, apparently due to extremely high traffic to the site there have been some issues. I just checked though and your tote bag is there (twice, nice job too) I am sorry that the site gave you a hard time. We are working to batten down the hatches so that you can post with ease as usual.
Thanks for letting me know.
Posted: 7:54 pm on July 31st
SugarPaperPress writes: I am having a terrible time trying to post my project. I think I've now posted it twice and removed it twice and it won't let me re-post for a third time. Help?! Thanks!
Posted: 7:20 pm on July 31st
willhauck writes: is freee and nice
Posted: 5:41 pm on July 31st
mamaslittletreasures writes: This is so much fun! Seeing all the other entries is really inspiring . . . . thanks for the challenge. Looking forward to future opportunities to participate in more great projects. Thanks for putting this together! Nina of mamas*little*treasures
Posted: 8:11 am on July 31st
linav8 writes: I love this prize!
Posted: 6:01 pm on July 30th
SkyBlueBunny writes: I'm also seeing lots of bags with no category and I'm curious which one they entered! SO many cute totes ladies. I'm impressed.
Posted: 12:42 am on July 30th
SkyBlueBunny writes: I was just curious.. the gallery items that are basically sales post with multiple pics and no category, are they going to count in the challenge? It seems like some of them are simply advertising.
Posted: 12:39 am on July 30th
CanadianWriter writes: Hi Michaela, I entered two totes two days ago (see my comment on July 27), and still don't see them here. Should I be worried yet?
Posted: 4:29 pm on July 29th
MichaelaMurphy writes: Where's my tote bag??
All of the tote bags that have been entered so far into the challenge will be listed here by the end of the day (Monday)
The site (so far) only lists the first twenty five entries. Happily we have thirty-five and the number is going up hourly! Keep an eye to see them all later today!
Posted: 2:50 pm on July 28th
MichaelaMurphy writes: Bethwalk,
Thanks for the existential inquiry:) Yes, you can enter a tote bag that you have made using other materials as the handles.

Posted: 2:47 pm on July 28th
bethwalk writes: Love the tote challenge and the wonderful bags that have been entered. I'm contemplating entering, and was wondering if the tote can have purse-like handles? It's voluminous, like a typical tote, but it's round and instead of straps, I have a different kind of handle on it... does it still qualify as a tote? (I don't mean to make it an existential issue--what is a tote)...

Thanks for any clarification.

Posted: 2:02 pm on July 28th
MichaelaMurphy writes: Hi Canadianwriter, You can view all of the entries right here in the post and you can click on each one for an up close view. How cool that you entered two!
Posted: 11:35 pm on July 27th
GossipGossip writes: Oh yeah
I'm so glad I caught this post...
Lots of great entries already!!
Posted: 7:03 pm on July 27th
CanadianWriter writes: Hi Michaela,
I see 25 member project galleries here, but am wondering where we can view all the entries in the tote challenge. (I entered in two different categories.)
Posted: 6:42 pm on July 27th
MichaelaMurphy writes: Yes, Eileen DC, as I understand your question, you may use a particular quilting technique and embellish as you wish. If you have any other questions I'll keep an eye out for them.

Posted: 1:16 am on July 27th
eileen_dc writes: I am just a tad confused about the rules of the Bag challenge, when you mean original and I use a quilting technique, will be that be OK?
Please explain. I've finished my bag already and just adding embellishments.
Posted: 7:39 pm on July 26th
jtick writes: gotta luv the video of martha's vineyard fiber farm on etsy. worth a look...
Posted: 4:04 pm on July 25th
MichaelaMurphy writes: Of course you can post it on your myspace blog. You can even leave a URL here if you like.
Posted: 3:17 pm on July 25th
pumpkinniki writes: Am I allowed to post it on my myspace blog, or should I wait until after the contest?
Posted: 2:54 pm on July 25th
MichaelaMurphy writes: Hi Pumpkiniki,
Yes, you can enter a different tote bag into a different category. I like the way you're thinking...
If you have any other questions about the site, please ask away. Oh.. and Good Luck!
Posted: 8:52 pm on July 24th
pumpkinniki writes: I found out about this challenge from a link on someone's myspace blog. I registered today, and haven't, yet, figured out the site.

I really want to participate in the tote challenge. Are we allowed to enter more than one tote if they are in different categories?
Posted: 6:16 pm on July 24th
MichaelaMurphy writes: Exactly, minimeg, all you need to do is enter images that show how fab your Tote creation is and you can keep it right by your side. Thanks for asking.
Posted: 10:45 pm on July 21st
Minimeg writes: If I understand this correctly, I just need to "enter" pictures of my bag and not the actual thing. I am just making sure I won't have to give up my bag, because I don't think I will be able to part with it!
Posted: 10:59 pm on July 20th
MichaelaMurphy writes: Hi MissBeadalot,
Unfortunately, entrants to the Tote Challenge must be eighteen years old. How cool that you are making such cool stuff at fifteen--and Happy Birthday to you next week. Thanks for asking. You can find details on rules and eligibility at the end of the challenge post where it says 'click here.'
Please keep posting your creations in our gallery, we love seeing what you're up to!
Posted: 12:28 pm on July 18th
MissBeadAlot writes: Thanks for the comment! It made my day! I have one question on the tote bag challenge: I am not 18 yet, im 15, soon to be turning 16 on July 23. Will I still be able to participate?
Posted: 7:52 pm on July 17th
MaeveQ writes: Hi, my friend told me about this and I am going to do it. I just don't know exactly what I am going to do yet????
Posted: 7:03 pm on July 16th
jonwen45 writes: Have been working on my etsy shop, but I sure would like to give this challenge a go. If for no other reason, I desperately need a new tote bag.
Posted: 11:02 pm on July 14th
missmuffcake writes: I was at Renegade to and I love this idea! I just wish the time period was bit longer.
Posted: 8:37 pm on July 14th
welshgrl2 writes: Hi Michaela,

It was great to meet you yesterday!

Thought you might enjoy this:

Have a great week,

Jaime (from
Posted: 7:42 pm on July 14th
MsKirko writes: Yay! I heard about this at the Renegade craft fair and even though I don't know too much about embellishing I'm going to give it a shot. Should be fun!
Posted: 2:18 pm on July 14th
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