May 6 2014
DIY Iron-on Tote Bag
Post by sara albers

DIY-tote-bag on aliceandlois.comWe love tote bags. Our mom loves tote bags. Guess we know where we get it from! We wanted to make a new bag for our mom with a special saying for a Mother’s Day present. Melissa found this saying that reminded us of something our mom would say. It is such a wonderful mantra to start your day. This DIY project is simple as you use iron-on transfer paper to put the saying on the tote bag. But I added a special touch by sewing gross grain ribbon on the straps. I am so pleased with how it turned out and I know our mom will love it!

Read more for the full tutorial and printable…


Supplies: Canvas Tote Bag // Iron-on Transfer sheets // ribbon // sewing machine // download here –> tote bag saying printable

DIY-tote-bag-steps on aliceandlois.comStep 1: Cut ribbon to fit the length of handles, adding a half inch to each side. Tuck in the ends and pin the ribbon on the handles.

Step 2: Sew the ribbon onto handles. I used a bright green thread to add a pop of color! If you do not have a sewing machine, you could try using strong fabric glue or thin steam a seam (for hemming).

Step 3: Print and cut the saying (tote bag saying printable) on the iron-on transfer paper.

Step 4: Iron the saying onto the bag (follow directions on the packaging).

Step 5: Let it cool, then pull the top paper away to reveal your amazing bag!

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All photos by Sara Albers for alice & lois design studios. All rights reserved.

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