Little Girl Tote Bag Tutorial

I’m excited today to show you all the totes I made for the flower girls’ goody bags for our wedding!!! And as I say that we have been married now for three days!
I am off celebrating with my HUSBAND!!! 

Hope you enjoy this fun tutorial while I’m gone! πŸ™‚

If you would like to see the goody bags I made for the ring bearers, you can click that link to visit My Road to Mrs, my wedding blog. 

Anyway… this is the GIRLIE version! πŸ™‚
With a COMPLETE tutorial even! 

Cute Little Personalized Totes!


The items needed for this craft are:

Little totes (I got mine at Hobby Lobby $2.99 for a packet of four)
Fabric Paint
Small paint brush
Name stencil
Iron on decals
Old newspaper
Large paper plate


First, be sure to lay newspaper down on your table or other work surface!
Lay out your totes on the newspaper.


I used my hand dandy Silhouette SD to cut out the girls’ names in vinyl.
The Kristen font is a great one for a girlie but fun touch!

Vinyl, makes a PERFECT stencil!
It’s already sticky on the back, so peel away the backing, smooth your stencil over your little tote and your ready to paint.
Make sure if you have any a’s, o’s, or other letters with holes in the middle, that you peel the little circle cutouts and stick those in the center of your letters as well. More on this in a minute.


Next, choose your paint color, then squirt some fabric paint onto the large paper plate.


Now, use the small paint brush to fill in the stencil on your tote.

Since I used white paint on dark colored totes, I painted on several coats, allowing for some drying time in between.


Once you’ve painted all of the names, allow to dry for a few hours so the paint will set well.


Once the paint has dried peel the stencil off the tote.


Remember I mentioned earlier making sure you stuck the centers of your a’s, o’s and other letters with holes onto your tote? Well, here’s why…
If you stick those on, you can paint right over the top of those, like here on Taylor’s tote:


Then when you peel them off, your letters have holes in the middle instead of a completely painted in blob for those letters.
And that makes them look nicer! πŸ™‚


Once you’ve finished your painting and removed your stencils, it’s time to fancy up your totes!
A SUPER easy and inexpensive way is with iron on decals.
The flower ones I used came from Wal-Mart for a few dollars a packet.

Follow the directions for ironing your decals on.
Mine included placing a cotton towel over the top, then iron to tack.
Turn the fabric inside out and iron to adhere.


Here you can see, I used a tiny little craft iron. 
(that KAYLI gave me for Christmas!!! Thanks Kayli!!)
It was perfect for this craft because it was small enough to stick inside the tote without the need for turning it inside out!


A cute little personalized tote for each lovely little flower girl!!!


What do you think??? The girls LOVED them! πŸ™‚
Hope you’re having a lovely week!!
See you in a few days!


  1. A cute little project, I bet the kids loved them!

  2. Melissa @ Love Affair With My Brother says:

    Thank you for the tutorial!

  3. Super adorable!

  4. o cute, great tutorial~ i bet they LOVED them:)
    thanks for sharing:)

  5. Cute! Congrats on your marriage!

  6. Ami w/AliLilly says:

    They are sooo SUPER CUTE!!! Congrats Mrs!!! πŸ™‚ It's been Cah-RAZY here! I still can't find my toothbrush!

  7. Jennifer Juniper says:

    I can see why they loved them – very cute πŸ™‚

  8. Crystal says:

    These are SOO cute! I have got to get a Silhouette soon! I keep meaning to stop by and congratulate you! I hope your wedding was PERFECT! πŸ™‚ Congratulations! πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful weekend, Kassi!
    Homemaker in Heels

  9. Michella Marie says:

    I love these!! Thank you so much for sharing!!
    I am having my very first link party and this would be PERFECT!!!
    It's called
    Show Me How!!! ~ Friday ~ Tips, Tricks, & Tutorials ~ No. 1 ~
    It's going on RIGHT NOW :))
    I would love for you to join the party!!
    And feel free to link up as many as you want :))

  10. Oh my god I would have never thought of something this awesome! Thanks for sharing!!

  11. Michella Marie says:

    Thank you so much for linking up to my very first party!!

    Show Me How!!! ~ FRIDAY ~
    Tips, Tricks, and Tutorials.

    I hope it will be the first of many!! I'm looking forward to this Friday!! Hope to see you there!!
    Again, thank you so much :))


  12. To Sew With Love says:

    these are super cut, Kassi! I am sure the girls loved them! thanks for sharing and have a lovely weekend, girl!