Is your collection of free tote bags out of control? The logos may benefit companies but they’re not something to show off all the time. This easy DIY tote bag transforms an old swag bag into one you’re proud to have.
This DIY requires no sewing skills at all—you have no excuse to not do this craft. Hunt down scrap fabrics large enough to cover your bag or splurge on cool new material.
The key to this project is to use supplies specifically made for fabric. Fabric glue ensures that your fabric will adhere to the bag. Fabric paint for a stencil and the bag’s straps make certain the paint won’t deteriorate later on.
If you’re making a beach bag, use our printable anchor stencil. If you need an extra grocery bag or catch-all for work, choose a coordinating stencil or leave it plain to show off your fabric.
no-sew DIY tote bag instructions
- tote bag
- fabric glue
- Everyday Dishes & DIY DIY tote bag printable
- card stock paper
- scissors or X-Acto knife
- fabric paint and brush
- Measure your fabric to fit the size of your tote bag. You’re going to need 2 cutouts, one for the front and one for the back. Be sure to leave enough room for a ½" fold on each side.
- Fold each edge over ½" and iron in place, one side at a time. Apply fabric glue between each fold, apply pressure to adhere then allow it to dry.
- Fit one piece of fabric over the front of the tote—make sure it fits along the seam on each side. If you’re happy with the fit, apply fabric glue over the entire back of the fabric then adhere to the tote bag. Repeat the process for the back then allow it to dry.
- Download the Everyday Dishes & DIY DIY tote bag printable and open in Adobe Reader.
- Print on card stock and cut out where indicated. Place stencil on the center of the bag then begin dabbing paint on the stencil, using your paintbrush. Carefully lift off the stencil then allow the bag to dry.
- Once dry, paint the tote bag straps with the same color paint and allow them to dry. Fill with beach or pool supplies and strut your stuff!