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.
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.
DIY Gold Dipped "Hello" Tote Bag by hello, Wonderful
I might omit the text, but this tutorial makes me want to gold dip everything.
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.
DIY Leather Tote by Boxwood Avenue
Make a Madewell-inspired tote for only $12!—and with a sassy tassel to boot!
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.
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.
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.
Easy DIY Market Tote by Sewaholic
If you're brave and/or skilled, make your own tote from scratch in a pretty linen.
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.
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.