Easy DIY Summer Tote Bag

This post first appeared over at The Crazy Craft Lady where I'm a contributor. Summer is still in full swing here – and as much as we love it we also know it means toting lots of “stuff” for the kids! Of course we want to look cute doing it, so today we’re going to learn how to make an easy DIY Summer Tote Bag in just a few minutes!

Easy DIY Summer Tote Bag - Kingston Crafts

One of my favorite things about this time of year (besides - you know - SUMMER!!) is that you can find inexpensive tote bags everywhere! Tote bags are easy to customize and can be done in just a few minutes, whether you are a beginning crafter, and expert maker, or even someone who thinks you don’t have a creative bone in your body. This project is for you! {FTC Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links which means I may make a small commission if you purchase something - at no additional cost to you.}

DIY SUMMER TOTE BAG

I’ll add iron-on to anything that will stand still – from clothing to leather clutches to wood and more. Tote bags are some of my favorites because there are so many options available! Inexpensive totes can be found in craft stores, on Amazon, in the Target Dollar Spot (where I found these blue striped totes), at discount stores and more.

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HOW TO MAKE A DIY SUMMER TOTE BAG

1. Select an image for your tote bag. Look for a “single layer” image – that means no layering different colors or lining up separate pieces. Single layer iron-ons can still give you a bright pop of color! 

Easy DIY Summer Tote Bag - Kingston Crafts

2. Measure the length and height of the front of the tote bag and adjust the size of your iron-on accordingly, then cut out with your Cricut. Don’t forget to place your iron-on shiny side down on the mat, and always mirror your image before you cut!  

Easy DIY Summer Tote Bag - Kingston Crafts

3. Remove the excess iron-on material and place shiny side up on the tote. 

Easy DIY Summer Tote Bag - Kingston Crafts

4. Use the Cricut EasyPress (or household iron) to add iron-on image to the tote. 

Easy DIY Summer Tote Bag - Kingston Crafts

5. Remove clear film. You DIY summer tote is finished!

Easy DIY Summer Tote Bag - Kingston Crafts

I used my Cricut Maker and EasyPress, but you can also cut iron ons with other die cutting machines or manual punches and you can use your household iron to apply them. Want an even easier way to customize your tote? Look for pre-made iron-on designs online or in your local craft store.

Pre Made Iron On Onesies - Kingston Crafts

I suggest stocking up on tote bags when you find them, because once you do your first iron-on you’re never going to want to stop! These are great for hostess gifts, birthday party favors, a girls night project and much more. In fact, I bought several of these tote bags and created one for the 4th of July!

Easy DIY Summer Tote Bag - Kingston Crafts

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Custom Pencil Cases for Girls and Boys

With just a few minutes, your Cricut machine and these cute pouches from the Target Dollar spot, you can create custom pencil cases for girls and boys just in time for back to school!

custom pencil cases - Kingston Crafts

We have ten nieces and nephews and know how crazy back to school time can be for their folks. We ALSO know what it is like to have a name that is hard to find on customized supplies (Alexandra? Mackenzie?) - so when I found these pencil cases at the Target Dollar Spot I thought it would be a quick and easy project to finish in an afternoon and let them know we're thinking about them as they head back to school in a few weeks!

CUSTOM PENCIL CASES FOR GIRLS AND BOYS

Grab your Cricut (I used a Maker but you could also use your Explore), the Cricut EasyPress - I LOVE THAT THING SO MUCH) and your favorite iron-on colors and let's make some custom pencil cases!

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

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HOW TO MAKE CUSTOM PENCIL CASES FOR GIRLS AND BOYS

1. Select your fonts in Design Space. I used Quirky for the girls and Varsity Letter Narrow for the boys (both are Cricut fonts). You can get the file here then just customize it with your own names!

2. Type out and size the names to fit the pouches. To create one single cut file (like I did for the girls names) ungroup the name then one at a time select each letter and move until they are touching. You can also use the letter spacing tool to move the letters closer together.

letter spacing - Kingston Crafts

3. Put a box around the name then select weld and you will have one single cut file.

welding words - Kingston Crafts

4. Cut the names out of iron-on. Don't forget to mirror the image and put your iron-on shiny side down on the mat!

5. Remove the excess iron-on and place on the pouches.

Custom Pencil Cases - Kingston Crafts

6. Use the EasyPress to apply the iron-on to the pouches. Cricut has come out with larger EasyPress Mats and I grabbed up the big one because it lets me have multiple projects ready to go without having to move stuff on and off the mat!

Custom Pencil Cases - Kingston Crafts

7. Remove the clear film and voila! Custom pencil cases!

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