Easiest DIY Tote Bag Designs with Fabric Glue

From everyday use to grocery shopping, tote bags are the perfect accessory to “tote” along on your adventures. But finding one that fits your personality isn’t always easy, which is why we say, why not make your own? Simple fabric accents go a long way in adding a decorative touch to a tote bag, and with Aleene’s® Permanent Fabric Glue, you can design one in permanent, washable style. Mikyla Creates will help get you inspired with the cutest, easiest DIY tote bags – with no sewing needed!

What you need:
Aleene’s Permanent Fabric Glue
- Canvas tote bag(s)
- Yarn in desired colors 
- Pencil
- Scissors

Step 1 Wash, dry and iron tote smooth

Before getting started on one of the easiest DIY projects you might ever make (with such fabulous results), make sure your tote bag is washed, dried and ironed smooth. 

Step 2 Sketch designs onto tote

Using a pencil, lightly sketch your designs onto the front of your tote bag. You can go with florals, geometric designs, words or fun abstract shapes!

Step 3 Begin applying glue over designs

Once you’re happy with the look of your sketches, it’s time to get started on the glue part of this easiest DIY ever! Working in small sections at a time, apply a thin line of Permanent Fabric Glue over your design lines and begin pressing the yarn in place.

Step 4 Press yarn into glue

You can either apply your yarn in one continuous strand if that's the look you are going for, or cut as you apply and glue to smaller sections.

Step 5 Let dry completely

After you've glued all of your yarn in place over the designs, let dry flat for the time recommended. 

Step 6 Make a tote to match every outfit!

Now that you've mastered the easiest DIY no-sew tote bag designs ever, you can make one to match every outfit, every day of the week! 

Step 7 Makes a great gift and gift bag too

Custom tote bags also make great gifts, and gift bags too!

Step 8 Try this technique on other items

This isn't just the easiest DIY idea when it comes to tote bags; you can apply this same concept to clothing, denim and other fabric items as well. There's no sewing needed, so your creative options are endless!

Step 9 Easy No-Sew Tote Bag Designs

What else are you thinking of embellishing with Aleene's Permanent Fabric Glue? Make sure to tag your creations on social @aleenesdiy and share with us!

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