Hey everyone! It’s Chelsea from Making Home Base! I’m back again with another awesome craft!
Mother’s Day is less than a week away so I thought it would be nice to share a quick tutorial for a gift for mom that you can make in less than 30 minutes.
How about a monogram tote? This bag is the perfect replacement to the normal gift bag. It’s personalized, cute, and for $2 it is comparable in price to the paper gift bag.
Okay! For supplies you’ll:
A canvas tote (I picked mine up from Joann’s using a 40% coupon making it $2)
A monogram stencil (I made mine using the Silhouette Cameo)
Fusible Webbing (Steam-A-Steam2)
First, you need to trace the monogram in reverse onto the paper liner of your fusible webbing. You want to trace on the side that stays with the webbing.
Peel off the liner and stick the wrong side of your fabric to the web.
Cut out your monogram. After cutting you can remove the tracing liner.
Position your monogram on your bag. Once it’s positioned where you want it, remove the liner and press lightly to allow the webbing to stick to the bag.
Press with a hot iron. The Steam-A-Seam directions recommend to press for 10-20 seconds on the cotton setting.
Then I ran the iron all over my bag to get all of the wrinkles out.
Next, you can run a quick stitch around the monogram to make sure it stays on securely. This is optional but since I anticipate this bag getting a lot of use I want it to stay put!
Lastly, I added a few fabric rosettes for embellishment! That’s completely optional :)
I made this bag for my wonderful mom. She’s a teacher and is always carrying around tons of papers to grade, among other things. She never seems to have a big enough bag. This one will be great for her! And it’s so versatile she can use it for anything; the beach, school, or carrying as an everyday bag. I know she’s going to love it!
What do you think? Will you forgo the normal paper gift bag and try one of these as an alternative? I hope so, your mom will appreciate it!
Thanks so much for having me Jess, and Happy Mother’s Day!
Okay…loving the beach tote! I am going to have to make one for myself now!
Here are some other fabulous projects from Chelsea at Making Home Base…make sure to stop by!
Thanks so much for sharing with us, Chelsea! I hope everyone is having a fabulous week!