How To DIY Your Tote Bag

How To DIY Your Tote Bag

As we have already mentioned this month is Plastic Free July. One of the many ways you can reduce your plastic usage is with reuseable bags, tote bags are a brilliant alternative however sometimes they are just plain ugly. Here are some ideas of how you can make your tote bag just a bit more fun for your shopping trips!

1. Spray-Dyed


Check out Brit + Co for the “fastest way to dye a tote, ever!” A little painters tape can go a long way with creating the right kind of design, so make sure you hop through that link and get all the details for creating one of these cuties.

2. Stamped

Quote DIY Tote bag

Stamps can work on totes too! Just take a peek at this design from A Beautiful Mess where they created a new piece with their favorite quote at inspiration.

3. Glitter Hearts

Glitter Heart Tote DIY

If you’re a fan of glitter then you’ll need to hop on over to Style Me Pretty and check out this heart tote tutorial. Make several and use them as gifts or just create one to carry your books in at night!

4. Painted Heart

painted heart tote diy

We have a glitter heart above but here we have a charming painted heart to play with. At V an Co you’ll learn how to make this beauty happen with its fun, ombre effect.

5. Neon Painted

Neon Painted DIY Tote

Take a peek at this neon-painted totes from Dana Made It. Hop on over to see how to created each one and grab some inspiration!

6. Popsicle Iron On


Check out these popsicle printables at Creature Comforts. If you have iron-on transfer paper, you can print these cuties out and create some adorable popsicle tote bags!

7. Stripes + Color

DIY Stripes Tote

Fabric Paper Glue made this gorgeous tote bag that looks as if it was bought right on the store floor. Dive into this DIY project tonight and follow along with this great tutorial.

8. Knotted

Knot tote diy

Completely charming and easy to replicate this knotted bag The Sewing Rabbit works with all different kinds of fabrics, colors and prints so it’s easy to personalize for different people!

9. Cross-Body

Vintage Cross Body Tote DIY

What’s great about this piece is, yes, it’s cross body but it’s also made from an adorable vintage tablecloth! Check out the directions at My So Called Crafty Life.

10. Mesh

Mesh Bag Tote DIY

Here’s another great tote for school, work, vacation or grocery shopping. Design Sponge gives us the details for creating this functional, mesh piece.

11. Alphabet

alphabet tote diy

Isn’t this alphabet tote from I Love To Create adorable? With some color spray and foam letters you’ll be able to make this in one quick afternoon!

12. Yellow Dip

Yellow Neon Dipped DIY Tote

Madigan Made showed us how to take a plain tote bag and make it a bit more fashionable. And this yellow-dipped ray of sunshine is a great example of such.

13. Photographs

photography tote bag diy

Latest Obsession took some photos to make some canvas bags a usable piece of our accessory wardrobe. Nix the plain and boring while putting your memories or photography skills to good use.

14. Market


Here’s another way to create an easy market bag. An old coffee bag or piece of burlap could be the tool to take you there. Check out the details with The Merry Thought.

15. Cat


Try your hand on embroidery with this adorable project. The Pink Samurai showed off their charming cat bag and we couldn’t help but fall in love with how adorable it was.

16. Print


Learn how to iron on your very own print with this tutorial from Alice and Lois. It’s really quite simple and we love how clean and chic this project is.

17. Blanket

blanket diy tote

Turn a blanket into a bag with this tutorial from Brit + Co. This is great for so many different events and functions – but with the added bonus of comfort and color.

18. Handwriting

handwriting tote diy

Clones N Clowns made a canvas tote pop with a bit of personalizing. You can even utilize your very own handwriting to jazz up a bag!

19. Polka Dots

Polkda Dot Tote DIY

There is so much to love about this tote from My Poppet Makes. The gold and the polka dots make such a fun statement, this is one of my personal favorites!

20. Hand Embroidery

Embrodeiry Tote DIY

This tote bag was made to look like a piece of notebook paper with a little hand embroidery. Say Yes gave us such an adorable idea, we had to have this project among the rest of these genius projects!

21. Gold-Dipped

Gold Dipped Tote Bag DIY

Brit + Co made this bag from scratch and we love how they added extra flair with the gold dipping. This bag is also quite versatile – use it for everything from school to work!

22. Self-Paint

Paint DIY Tote

Whimsy Darling made some of our favorite designs of the bunch by just grabbing some clean, canvas bags and then some fabric paint. The designs are easy and original!

23. Chevron Fabric

Chevron Tote Bag DIY

Created from fabric – from the ground up – this tote Fabric Paper Glue is one of the most beautiful designs in the bunch. We love the pop of gold metallic, don’t you?!

24. Grocery

Grocery tote diy

This tote, made by Between the Lines, was created with grocery shopping specifically in mind. This “quick fix” piece makes carrying in the essentials so much easier and more stylish.

25. Hexagon

v and co hexagon applique bag header2

This bag, dubbed the hexagon tetris tote, has so much personality and fun. V and Co shows us how to recreate this cutie right at home – and get creative with choosing your fabrics!

26. Net

Net bag DIY

Learn how to make this easy bet bag from Honestly WTF. It’s perfect for toting around quick necessities for a girl’s night or to carry on the beach throughout vacation!

27. Geometric

Painted Geo Tote DIY

This beach was brought to the next level with just a bit of paint and a geometric vision. My Trash and Treasure shows us how to upcycle and remake older pieces, and we love that!

28. Minimalist

Minimalist DIY Tote

Design Sponge featured this trendy, minimalist design and we knew there was no way it wasn’t making this roundup. Feel like a real designer when learning how to make this from the ground up.

29. Ombre

Dip Dye Ombre Tote

Dip dye and learn how to create this beautiful ombre piece over at Secondhand Sundays. You can do this with a variety of colors, but personally, we love this minty beauty!

30. Fabric-Blocked

Fabric Block tote

Say Yes made this fabric/color blocked tote and we’re kind of head-over-heels in love with the finish product. We love the mixing of prints and colors, and how personalized this could be!

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