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Monogram Embossed Tote Bag

Freshen up your everyday tote with a simple gold monogram using only a few materials.

Embossed Monogram Tote

Photography: Ilyssa Minkus

Source: Martha Stewart


This idea comes from our friend Ilyssa Minkus. Whether you use it for the farmer's market, beach, or school, everyone will know it's yours. 


  • Embossing powder by Recollections in Gold Detail, $4,
  • Washi tape
  • Fine-tip paintbrush
  • Paper plate


  1. Attach the three letters of the monogram by taping them together. This will hold them in place when you stamp on the tote. (Tip: Look at the rubber sides of the stamps to make sure that the letters are lined up.)
  2. Use the washi tape to make a straight line on the tote. This will be a guide for pressing the stamps on.
    Embossed Monogram Tote Step 2
  3. Press the stamps in the ink. (Tip: Do a test on paper first to make sure the stamps are lined up properly.)
  4. Press the stamps with medium pressure on the bag. (Tip: If you press too hard, there will be excess ink around the edges, and the embossing powder will stick to it).
  5. Cover the ink with embossing powder and pour off the excess. You can use a fine-tip paintbrush to help get excess powder off.
    Embossed Monogram Tote Step 3
  6. Turn on the heating tool and allow it to heat up according to the package instructions.
    Embossed Monogram Tote Step 4
  7. Hold the heating tool an inch above each letter for 10-15 seconds. You will see the powder turn shiny once it has been melted.
    Embossed Monogram Tote Step 5
  8. Let the letters cool for a minute before touching.

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