Custom Canvas Tote Bags

Tired of carrying the brand-standard design bags? Well, crafting tote bags can be a colossal amount of fun. Tote bags are the on-go-style that begin with our mommies carrying grocery stuff. The bags have a huge space and are quite comfy to carry while traveling. Moreover, a perfect bag to go shopping & a day out with friends. Keep scrolling to find expert clever ways of crafting custom canvas tote bags!

How to Doll-Up Your Plain Canvas Tote Bags?

There are multiple ideas to dress up plain canvas totes. The great part is, there is no need to learn professional skills for doing it. I adore the embroidered canvas tote bags, but that’s not my cup of tea. Probably need experts who are good at it. If you’re on the same page, follow these easy ideas to jazz up canvas totes:

  • Use of fabric paint or fabric markers- freestyles or stencils can work
  • Iron-on transfer paper or Vinyl transfers to curate personalized images or quotes
  • Tie-Dye

These three are the coolest & convenient ways to style your plain tote bags. Let me take you through the steps for designing the canvas totes. I personally tried two ways to design the bag- one with a stencil and another with Cricut design space. You can go for any way that you find easy.

How to Work With Stencil Design?

Make sure to press your tote bag to get rid of any lines or wrinkles. Now layout stencils to measure position and keep the stencil design over the bag. Next, dip the stencil brush into the paint which you want. Black is quite in-trend; an off-white canvas tote bag with black print is pretty eye-catching. Tap the brush over stencil design, remove stencil once done, and let the paint dry. DIY custom canvas bags‘ design gives more satisfaction, as you get what you want. Even the brands are availing customized bag services for rendering higher satisfaction to customers.

How to Design with Cutting Machine Software?

If you are curious to have a personalized yet fashionable makeup or sophisticated bag, then design it in Cricut Design Space or other cutting machine software. Use HTV (Heat Transfer Vinyl) or iron-on vinyl to cut out the design. Ensure to place the shimmery side of the sheet down on the cutting mat. Then remove the excess material from the HTV sheet with a weeder tool. Now position the iron-on vinyl design over the bag, press cloth with iron for 20 to 30 seconds over design. Well, you’re all done!

When Can You Use Canvas Totes?

Canvas totes can be used for various purposes: shopping, traveling, keeping lunch boxes, carrying grocery items, storing makeup, or any essentials. All you need to be very clear about the usage objective. Your design should coordinate with your end uses; otherwise, it may end up so odd.


Styling your canvas tote bags is not much challenging. Many professionals use the above ways, which I talked about. However, you will surely get a beautiful look by following any of these ways of dressing canvas totes.