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How to make a ribbon tote bag.

I’m excited to show you my favorite way of adding something special to standard tote bags! I use this method to make special bags for gifts and events. It gives them a custom look without all the muss and fuss!

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All you need are a few simple and easy to find supplies and you can make a fabulous ribbon applique:

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Supplies:

  • tote bag
  • ribbon (wired ribbon will not work)
  • heat n bond (I use the sheet version)
  • scissors
  • iron or hairdryer
  • optional: temporary adhesive

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To Do:

1- Cut a large sheet of Heat n Bond about the height and width you want your applique to be. Remove the backing.

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2-Place your ribbon in strips on the sheet of adhesive. Use your iron to set it according to the directions. (tip: use spray adhesive to temporarily stick the ribbon so that you can work with it)

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3- Flip your sheet over and sketch your image on the back (remember that it will be a mirror image!).

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4- Cut out your image.

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5- follow the directions on the adhesive and attach your image to the tote bag.

6- Optional: use fabric paint to outline your image and add elements to it.

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Now you have a darling, custom applique with very little work! You can use varying ribbon, images, and tote bags to customize your own bag. How darling!

A couple other adorable bags:

Aztec Tote
Pom Pom Tote
Reusable Grocery Tote

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2 Comments

  1. Carla
    February 25, 2014 / 8:27 am

    Totes cute!

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