Nifty Nautical Expanding DIY Tote Bag

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Buying many different-sized bags can be expensive. Save your hard-earned dollars with this Nifty Nautical Expanding DIY Tote Bag, which transforms from a small, convenient purse to a roomy tote in seconds. You can expand the bag for a day at the pool with the kids, then snap it closed to keep it trim for a night out. The nautical design is trendy and perfect for summer, but you can choose any fabrics and customize this bag to fit your tastes. Instead of buying two purses to suit your needs, create this 2-in-1 DIY tote that looks as detailed and elegant as any store-bought bag.

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nice bag, instructions easy to follow if you've made bags before. I added an inside zipper pocket and 2 inside slip pockets. As soon as I was finished I wanted to add a zipper to the top, so I reopened the bottom of the bag and added it between the inside facing material and lining, not perfect but decent considering the lining and main bag were still attached and inside out at the time. I also wasn't sure if the bag needed the magnetic snaps on the sides, I added them and am glad I did.

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