DIY Ideas: 15 Easy-to-Make Totes to Carry You Through Summer

DIY Ideas: 15 Easy-to-Make Totes to Carry You Through Summer

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Tess Wilson
May 29, 2016

You can't make it through the summer without a tote—it holds your sunscreen, bug spray, beach reads, picnic blanket, and sweater (in case of air conditioning) and doubles as a pillow in a pinch. It needs to be sturdy, roomy, and easy to carry, but if it's gold leafed, dip dyed, fringed, and/or bedazzled, so much the better.

Upgrade Any Tote Bag with this DIY Leather Handle Tutorial by Paper & Stitch (above)

There are tons of great totes with subpar handles out there!

How to Hack a $350 Anthropologie Tote for WAY Less by Brit + Co

This is the perfect project "if you’re an Anthropologie fan on a Forever21 budget." Even Forever21 prices are high for me right now, so yay for hacks.

How to Make a No-Sew Cross-Stitched Monogram Tote by Brit + Co

This is so cute—bejeweled or not—and would make a great gift.

(Image credit: Our Life is Beautiful)

Men's Leather Jacket to Fringe Tote Bag by Our Life is Beautiful

This DIY is genius, and the Before photo is possibly the funniest one ever.

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DIY Gold Dipped "Hello" Tote Bag by hello, Wonderful

I might omit the text, but this tutorial makes me want to gold dip everything.

(Image credit: Brit + Co)

DIY Gold Foil Totes by Brit + Co

Take your tote's gold embellishments a major step forward with the wonderful world of gold transfer foil.

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DIY Leather Tote by Boxwood Avenue

Make a Madewell-inspired tote for only $12!—and with a sassy tassel to boot!

(Image credit: UO Blog)

Makeover Your Laundry Bag by UO Blog

This DIY is for a laundry bag but can easily be used on any of those canvas totes you have laying around.

(Image credit: Poppytalk)

DIY Tote Bag by Poppytalk

Poppytalk has a free tutorial and iron-on printable to help you declare your bag's radness.

Bedazzled Tote Bag by The House That Lars Built

This DIY was intended for Valentine's Day, but it wants me to bedazzle everything.

(Image credit: Oh Happy Day)

Easy Guest Gift Bags by Oh Happy Day

If you've got great handwriting, adorn a plain tote with one of these slogans—or your own catchphrase.

DIY Buckle Tote by Martha Stewart

Class up a tote with fancy handles.

(Image credit: Sewaholic)

Easy DIY Market Tote by Sewaholic

If you're brave and/or skilled, make your own tote from scratch in a pretty linen.

(Image credit: Ashley Poskin)

Make a No-Sew Tote Out of a Pillowcase by Apartment Therapy

If you are neither brave nor skilled when it comes to sewing, this one's for you.

(Image credit: DIY Sewing Academy)

DIY Interior Pockets by DIY Sewing Academy

Like every dress, every tote needs a pocket; add one to your favorite tote with this thorough DIY.

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