Hello lovelies! Have you ever been to a conference or event and been covetous of all those beautiful branded bags you’ve seen on the arms of others? I sure have! Whether it be a blogging conference or trade show a custom Logo Bag is a great way to brand yourself while making it easy to carry around conference basics like business cards, media kits, and freebies from vendors.
Not a blogger or a conference goer? You can use this tutorial to make a custom bag for groceries, the beach, as a gift and more! Personalize your bag with photos, characters, kids artwork and yes even logos for pennies on the dollar. Best part…No sewing required!
You can find all the supplies you need to make your very own logo tote bag at Jo-ann Fabrics. I purchased a set of 3 large canvas bags for a song, a roll of decorative Duck Brand Duck tape and Iron on transfer sheets from Transfermations. The rest of the supplies are minimal most of which you probably already have in your stash.
How to make a Logo Tote Bag
If you are a non-sewer like myself this is the easiest way to create a custom bag without needle and thread. This project can be completed in 20 min or less for under $20. In fact most of the supplies can be used on multiple projects. While you are creating your own bag make a few extras to give as gifts. I hate to use the “C” word so early but Christmas/holiday time will be here before you know it!
- Canvas Tote Bag (Available at Jo-ann Stores in several colors & sizes. Can be purchased individually or in packs of 3)
- Transfermations Design & Iron Printable Transfer sheets (available for light and dark-colored fabric comes with 10 sheets)
- Archival Ink (I used Ranger Ink Sepia)
- Favorite Stamps (I used Stamps from the Dollar Bin at Jo-ann’s)
- Duck Brand Duck Tape
- Decorative Buttons (optional)
- Bone Folder
STEP 1: Start by ironing your tote to remove any wrinkles. To give your canvas tote a bit of texture and interest use your favorite stamps to create a pretty pattern. I used a variety of daisy stamps I’ve collected from the Dollar Bin at Jo-ann’s. Arrange stamps on a large acrylic block and stamp onto canvas bag with Archival ink.
*TIP* Turn your stamp upside down and sideways at different intervals to keep the pattern from becoming too repetitive. Lift stamp slowly to make sure you have made a clear impression. If areas are still light replace stamp and apply more pressure.
STEP 2: Dry Archival Ink with a Heat Tool. A few quick blasts should do the trick.
Here is a look at my finished Pattern. I stamped the front and back sides.
STEP 3: Print out your logo, photo or custom design on Transfermations Iron on Sheets. Cut out image and iron on. Follow the directions on the package EXACTLY.
STEP 4: Add Patterned Duck Brand Duck Tape to the bottom edges of your canvas bag. Smooth with a bone folder.
*TIP* I covered the entire bottom of my canvas bag with Duck Tape which proved to be a worth while investment of Duck Tape. The first day of CHA while sporting my new bag I spilled my coffee on the bench it was sitting on. Long story short, the duck tape not only makes my bag look pretty it makes it stain resistant to boot!
To cover the top edges apply duck tape, cut slits near handles and fold tape over the other side. You could also wrap the handles in Duck Tape if you wish.
If you’re not into taping up handles you can dress them up with ribbon, buttons, beads or whatever trims you have. I added some fun Daisy Buttons from Dress It Up to complete the look.
That’s all there is to creating your own Logo Tote Bag! Pretty Easy no? Not only is this an easy and practical project to create for yourself or someone else it makes a great group activity too. Get the girls together for a night of easy peasy crafting and take home a bag of fun…literally! Older children and teens will enjoy this project as well.
There are many patterns available of Duck Brand Duck tape these days even favorite characters like Hello Kitty (See my Duck Tape Cat Feeder Here)…allowing you endless options for your DIY Logo Tote Bag
Have a bag full of fun today!