Handmade Gift Idea: No-sew Custom Tote Bags

I love making custom tote bags as gifts. You can make book bags, knitting supply bags, general purpose bags… whatever you’d like. Add your own personal touch and you’ve created a one of a kind gift. You could sew your own totes, or embellish with stitching, but I personally like quick and easy. So, no-sew decorating is the way to go! Grab yourself some pretty fabric, fabric glue and blank pre-made tote bags and you’ll be able to easily create custom gifts you’re proud to give!

No-sew-tote-bag-Crafts-UnleashedThe larger bags can be used for all kinds of great projects, but don’t forget the mini tote bags. Personalize these cute little bags to create custom gift bags and mini treat holders your friends and family will love.

Voila! Your own no-sew one of a kind mini tote bagSupplies needed to make your own no sew tote bags:supply2

Supplies to make your own personalized no-sew tote bagsIsn’t this fabric jelly roll fabulous? The cool thing about the “jelly roll” is that you get a variety of fabrics that already coordinate nicely, so you don’t have to think about how you want to pick out your fabric. The pieces are just the right size to decorate a tote bag too!

Fabric jelly roll - love these colors!We are just decorating the front of the tote bag. You can duplicate this process to cover the back too.

Cut fabric the width of the tote bag. Adhere fabric to bag using fabric glue.

Cut fabric to fit the width of the bagAdd trim and ribbon.

Add decorative trim and ribbonAdd extra embellishments, if you would like, such as gems.

Glue on gems for extra sparkleYou can make these tote bags with all kinds of colors and textures. The design is entirely up to you and your imagination!


About Jen Goode

Jen Goode is the owner and “doodler in charge," a Denver based art and design studio. She has been a creative professional since 1996, developing art for a variety of uses in an array of mediums from handmade crafts to Graphic design and illustration. Jen, a designer member of CHA, is a tech savvy, work-at-home mom of 3 who shares her creative inspirations with other moms through her site Projects for Preschoolers and as a featured contributor on various sites throughout the web. Jen's motto is "Inspiring Smiles Every Day."


  1. JaneEllen says

    I’ve been trying to figure out what to give the women I’ll gift to, think this might be it. Now if I can find all the great goodies you used on bags. I’m afraid Grand Junction is very tardy to get all the cool new goodies. We have 3 craft stores here – Jo-Ann’s, Michaels and Hobby Lobby but none of them seems to be in main stream, can be frustrating when I see so much on blog land then can’t find any of it. I’m sure Denver would have it all but I’m not making that trip at this time of year. Need to pin this project.
    Love how your awesome bags look, so pretty with all the trims, etc. Where did you get the “jellyroll” of fabrics? Love that rickrack also. Well I’m on the hunt. Happy weekend

    • says

      Hi JaneEllen! I Got all the supplies right here from ConsumerCrafts.com, tons of choices you can order and have shipped right to your door! Scroll up on this page until you see the supply list… each item is a link to the product you can purchase from the online store. 😀 I can’t wait to hear how your totes turn out!

  2. Barbara MacASkill says

    I L O V E this!!!! I have 12 of these bags waiting for some love so I know what I will be doing this weekend!! Thanks for the inspiration!


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