DIY Initial Monogram Tote Bag

Have you been racking your brain trying to come up with a fun personalized gift for someone special in your life? Maybe it's your child's teacher, or a soon-to-be graduate, or perhaps you need a fun bridesmaid gift?
DIY Initial Monogram Tote Bag
These DIY Initial Monogram Bags are sure to be a big hit. Not only is it a terribly practical gift, but it's cute too! I have gotten some great compliments when I've brought it out to the baseball fields. You may recall that it is my Sports Mom's Survival Bag, filled with everything I need while spending the day at the baseball complex.
DIY Initial Monogram Tote Bag
Here's what I used...large natural and black canvas zippered tote bag (I used my Hobby Lobby 40% off coupon), black iron-on transfer by Cricut, and my friend's Cricut Expression 2
DIY Initial Monogram Tote Bag
First, I measured the pocket area to see how large I wanted my initial to be...I also experimented with upper case and lower case letters... I actually cut the templates out of black paper first, so I could get the design exactly the size I wanted before cutting into the expensive iron-on transfer.

Once I knew the size and style, I set the Cricut to do the cutting. I just used the Cricut Alphabet that comes standard with the unit, set to 5 inches. I was so excited that my friend, Nicole, let me borrow this amazing machine. It's definitely on my wish list. I love that you don't have to plug it into a computer to cut many wonderful designs. It's definitely a powerhouse in the craft room! I loved how easy it was to use too!

The next step was ironing on the initial. I just followed the directions on the packaging of the iron-on transfer. Really easy!
DIY Initial Monogram Tote Bag
So, you've made the cute bag to give to your sweet teacher, graduate or bridesmaids. What on earth could you fill it with? Here are a few ideas...Starbucks Gift Card, Frozen Yogurt Gift Card, misting water bottle, beach towel, magazines, sunscreen, pretty journals, flip flops, craft supplies...the sky's the limit!

I need to make up a couple more of these bags for gifts while I still have the Cricut at my disposal...What's your favorite thing to make with your cutting machine? I hope you have a fabulous Memorial Day Weekend!
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8 comments:

  1. This is such a cute idea :)
    I would love for you to share this at my T.G.I.F. Linky Party @ MamasBlogCentral.com :) Have a great Memorial weekend!!

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  2. 'Love it! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  3. I <3 your bag!!!! Pinning. Happy Memorial Day!

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  4. Looks great! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams starts on Fridays :D Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party.

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  5. This is adorable! What a great gift idea Nici!

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  6. Love this Nici! These do make great gifts.

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  7. This is so cute and super special as a gift! I'll bet that iron on transfer would work in my Silhouette. Thank you for sharing it and your delicious recipes at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great weekend!
    Blessings, Deborah

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  8. Hi! Featuring this today in the weekend create link inspire features on Nap-Time Creations! I've posted on FB, twitter, G+ and tagged you where I could! I would love any reshares ;o) Happy Saturday! Emily

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