Photo-Transfer Tote Bag

Use a simple transfer process to put your favorite photos onto a stylish tote bag for a wonderful handmade gift.

Photo-Transfer Tote Bag

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, December 2008


Make your tote bag one of a kind by embellishing it with a picture of your liking.

Iron-on transfer paper is available at crafts or office-supply stores. Canvas totes are available at L.L. Bean. Zippered pouches are available at American Apparel.


  • Photo of a child, pet, or just about anything
  • Computer and ink-jet printer
  • Iron-on transfer paper
  • Scissors or craft knife
  • Canvas tote or zippered pouch


  1. Upload or scan the photo to a computer. Print the photo onto a sheet of iron-on transfer paper and cut out with a pair of scissors or craft knife. You may choose to cut out the entire photo or just the subject's silhouette for a different effect.

  2. Iron the image onto a canvas tote or zippered pouch according to the paper manufacturer's instructions.


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