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Tote bag

A tote bag is a large and often unfastened bag with parallel handles that emerge from the sides of its pouch.

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The archetypal tote is made of sturdy cloth, perhaps with thick leather at its handles or bottom; leather versions often have a pebbled surface. Common fabrics include heavy canvas, possibly dyed, or treated to resist moisture and mold. Jute is another traditional material, though less popular. In recent decades, heavy nylon and other easy-care synthetics have become common, although these may degrade with prolonged sun-exposure. Many of today's inexpensive or free totes are often made from recycled matter, from minimally-processed natural fibers, or from byproducts of processes that refine organic materials.

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Use rag strips to make a crochet tote bag

Amy over at About.com crochet says: "If you want to make a sturdy tote bag out of fabric, there are many ways you could approach the project. You could sew the tote bag, or quilt it -- but did you know you could crochet it as well? It's easy to forget that crochet projects don't always need to be made using yarn. You can crochet with many different types of materials, including fabric strips or other things." Link to the project instructions: crochet.about.com

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