I love cute projects. I love personalized projects. I really really love cute personalized projects that take 5 minutes.
Wait? Am I trying to tell you that these cute personalized tote bags that would make the perfect library tote or easy teacher gift only takes 5 minutes to make?
Why yes. Yes, I am.
If you’re needing a last minute thank you gift for a teacher or other person that has impacted the life of your child this year, these are the perfect easy crafts to make.
Here’s what you’ll need to make these 5 minutes tote bags.
To start you’ll need a basic blank tote bag. These are easily found in any craft store or even the new craft aisle at Target has them. Usually they are sold 3 for $10.
You’ll also need Fabric Markers. This was the first time I had used these fabric markers by Tulip but I really loved them. Not only were they the most affordable, they worked perfectly and the colors were bright.
In addition you’ll need a ruler, pencil and a paper printed with the name or message that you would like to put on the tote bag. You need to have the name printed in the size that you would like it when finished. I used 120pt sized font.
You’ll start with the rule and red fabric marker.
On the outside edge of one of the handles, position the ruler vertically and in a straight line. Simply use your ruler to make a straight line with the red marker.
That’s how easy this project is. Your first step is done.
Keep the ruler in the same spot and mark a small blue dot every two inches down the length of the bag. These will be the guides for your blue lines.
Using the dots you made as a guide and the ruler, draw straight blue lines horizontally across the bag.
You’re halfway done.
Now take the paper that has the printed name or phrase and flip it over. On the back (only behind the printed letters) heavily rub the pencil over the entire area. You want it to be dark and even behind all of the letters. You can hold the paper up to the light to make sure that you have covered all of the letters.
Now flip over the paper and position the words where you want them to be on the tote. Using your pencil, trace over the words you want to transfer to your bag.
Gently pull back the edge of the paper and check to see if you can faintly see the transfer. The lead that you colored on the back of the paper should leave a faint copy of the words behind.
Now with your black fabric marker, trace over the words. It will look like it was store bought but it wasn’t!
And believe it or not, that is all! You can change up the words to just have a fun phrase if you don’t want to put a name on the bags.
I made one that says “reading is fun” for us to use for our library books.