Craft It: Personalized Chevron Tote Bag

After an amazing weekend at BlissDom, I am finally getting a chance to sit down and write. BlissDom was  my first blog conference and who would have guessed-- I was so busy attending sessions and networking that I scarcely had time to blog! I am sharing a post later this week about what I learned from the conference, but today I wanted to show you something fun I made for the conference!

Now this tutorial isn't just for those of you heading to a blog conference, it's for anyone who likes a cute bag. I think this would be perfect for toting towels to the pool, transporting dance gear to class, or to use as a purse. You all are crafty bunch--I bet you can think of a million ways how you would use this Personalized Chevron Tote Bag!

I found my inspiration for the project from Nest of Posies. She makes adorable embroidered totes with flowers. Some of my favorite crafty bloggers have been seen carrying them out and about. It's a fun way to promote your brand. Or if you are making one for personal use, add you name, favorite word, inspirational quote, or funny phrase!

I found a plain canvas tote bag at Hobby Lobby-- the day before the conference began. (Nothing like waiting til the last minute! Sometimes inspiration takes its sweet time.) I originally planned to use black fabric markers to add my blog name. But when I got home, chevron fabric and some left-over Tulip sparkle transfer sheets started calling to me.

I jazzed the tote up by sewing the grey chevron to the pockets on the back as well as a square on the front. (Hint: I 'hot glued' the fabric in place and then sewed. That way, the fabric stayed in place for me.) I left the edges unfinished, but stitched closely to the side of the fabric so the 'fray' would be somewhat controlled. Then I used Word to create the lettering for my blog name. I don't have a fancy cutting machine. So I just printed out the Word document and used it as a template to cut out the letters. Finally, I ironed them on.  You can see more detailed instructions about using sparkle transfer sheets here.

I was really pleased with how it turned out. I got lots of nice compliments on it and I think it helped to promote my blog in a fun way.

Maisy took this pic of me-- nice photography for a 3 year old don't ya think?! 
What would you put on your Personalized Chevron Tote Bag? If you make one, I would love to see it!

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  1. Love the bag!!! Great tutorial and Maisy is a budding photographer!

  2. I saw you and your bag at Blissdom! I should have said hi, but we were across the room. Loved the bag!

  3. I didn't even notice the pockets when I saw this! Super cute idea! ;)

  4. I didn't even notice the pockets when I saw this! Super cute idea! ;)

  5. Thanks friends. It was fun to make! :) Samantha

  6. Hi Samatha, what darling bags you have made. I'm your neighbor to the right on the blog party list. Please visit me at 366.

    Helen of Helen's Decor

  7. Very cute! Might have to (somewhat) copy you!


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