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Personalized Tote Gift Bag: Gift Idea for Any Occasion

Tote Bag, personalized, gift idea, DIY, do it yourself
Need a birthday gift for a friend, a teacher gift or a shower gift?  Today I'm sharing a gift idea that is pretty much good for any occasion and it will always be appreciated because it's personalized.  People like things personalized. At least I do so I think I speak for...well, everyone.

I got this tote at the Christmas Tree Shop for just $3.99.   It's heavy canvas and has a zipper and a few inside and outside pockets - all bonuses, right?!   To make it a little more special I used glitter gold heat transfer vinyl from Expressions Vinyl that I had left over from my Library Book Bags project to make a monogram.   I love the way the gold glitter HTV pops against the blue details.

Tote Bag, personalized, gift idea, DIY, do it yourself

This is one of those projects that you can do with left over vinyl scraps. I actually cut all three letters on separate pieces of gold glitter HTV - less than 1.5 square inches each - because I didn't have a single piece large enough to cut the entire monogram.  And because it's HTV, you can move it around easily before actually committing to its placement unlike adhesive vinyl which is pretty much stuck once it touches the surface.

Since this gift bag was being given in early summer I filled it with beach supplies including a towel, magazine, water bottle, cold tray and a sand spiker. (Read the tutorial on spikers here.)  Is there such a thing as too much personalization?  No! Never. 

Spiker, personalized, gift idea, DIY, do it yourself

Tote Bag, personalized, gift idea, DIY, do it yourself

Do you have a go-to gift that you make with the help of your Silhouette?  Tell us about it in the comments below.

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