Beautiful tote bags (and tote bag DIYs!)

green box with white text that reads: "'Just get a bag and drop a dream in it, and you'll be surprised what happens.' — Charles Nelson Reilly"

Hope you’re feeling positive and encouraged this spring!  Maybe – like me – you’re even planning some outings. I’m hoping to visit a handful of Midwest gardens this year! (Please send a heads-up if you have a fave!) In the meantime, I’m looking for opportunities to be outside — in the yard, on our nearby trail, or on an errand. (There are some errand destinations within walking distance for me, which is something I love about city living!) 

So I’ve had tote bags on my mind lately. This is related, really! See, no matter where I’m headed — to the library, the market, a picnic, or a drive, for example — I bring along a tote bag (or several!). And I’m glad I have so many uses for them, because I love totes! I make them, buy them, and give them as gifts. I’m investing in a couple of new ones, and I thought you might like to see what I found lately, in case you enjoy them, too! 

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Tote bags to buy

a hand holding a canvas tote bag in front of a white brick wall

Of course, you can also buy plain canvas tote bags to dye, embroider, print, paint, stamp, or otherwise decorate yourself! (My grocery shopping bags are plain canvas totes that I dyed a pretty goldenrod color.)

How to make your own tote bag

While we’re talking about DIY projects, you can easily make your own tote bag from scratch! Here are a few of my favorite tote bag patterns and tutorials:

Tote bags are so wonderfully versatile — especially because they come in so many different varieties! I find I use different styles for different jobs. I’ll grab a basic canvas tote to hold my library books, while my compartment-filled, farmers-market-style tote is ideal for groceries. What do you use your tote bags for? Do you have a favorite tote bag? Tell us about it!

Take good care,

Headshot photo of Karen Mary with her signature in blue ink to the right

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For the latest posts, be sure to stop by the blog every Tuesday — next week we’ll be learning how to care for flags (just in time for Pride Month)! In the meantime, here are some posts you might want to visit this week:

How to take care of your purse (new post!)

Sneakers — How to keep your kicks clean and long lasting

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