DIY: Tote Bags

The tote bag is a college girl’s essential, especially around this time of the year. Whether it be to carry your books around campus, or to take your things home for the holidays, a nice tote bag is something you want to have handy. By this point, you may be growing tired of your old one, but you don’t have the money to buy a new one because of all the Christmas shopping you’re doing. Well, we have a solution to both problems- wanting a new tote bag and Christmas shopping- make your own tote bag at home! You can use it for yourself and give them to your friends as Christmas presents! It saves money and the hassle of trying to figure out what to get all your friends.

All you need is: fabric and a sewing machine. Here is a simple step-by-step you can use to help you make your tote bag. I gave it a shot myself and here’s how it turned out.

Side one of the tote bagSide two of the tote bag

Photos taken by Hannah Mir

If all this cutting and sewing is a bit too much for you, you can try buying a plain canvas bag, and screen print it with your own words or pictures. A screen printing kit can be found at a craft store like Hobby Lobby, but will be on the pricier side. You can of course, always find cheaper ones online on Amazon or eBay. A screen printing kit will also be useful in creating t-shirts as well as countless other items. Here is an example of a unique tote bag using a screen printing kit and RIT liquid dye.

Photo by Amy Sullivan

Don’t worry about not being able to find or afford a new bag when you can follow these tips to customize your own. They’re easy to make, fun, and of course cheap!

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