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With summer upon us, it's essential to have lots of easily accessible totes to grab for an impromptu road trip, a day at the beach or park, or just to head out and gather groceries for that weekend BBQ.

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Designing your own tote bag is a quick and easy project to do with friends, kids, or solo, with a refreshing cocktail at your side. Inexpensive, plain canvas bags are easy to find at any craft store.

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How About Orange has a well done step-by-step tutorial on how to permanently print a saying or drawing on a tote in a professional way that won't run or wash off. All you need to get started is a tote, Xacto knife, foam brush, freezer paper, Inkodye and an idea. 

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Head on over to How About Orange for the details, and start making your very own custom tote for yourself or as a special gift.

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