Simple and personal, it makes for the perfect wedding party gift.

Updated October 21, 2020
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What busy person couldn't use a great bag? Just as personal as jewelry but a little less expected, a simple tote bearing a chic design is baggage your guests, bridesmaids, or groomsmen will actually want to carry around. The best thing about this gift idea: You won't find another like it anywhere else. Ask your calligrapher to create something special—a sentiment (as we did here), an illustration, or simply each attendant's initial. Have the image converted into a digital file and print it onto iron-on transfer paper. Cut closely around the design, iron onto a canvas bag (following the manufacturer's instructions), and—don't forget this part—admire your handiwork.

Materials

How to Make a Personalized Tote Bag

Download the templates for the border and the text; the lettering was done by San Francisco-based illustrator Leigh Wells. You can commission her or another illustrator to add hand-drawn charm to your own wedding, tying it all together.

This how-to is as simple as printing the designs onto iron-on transfer paper (we've provided a mirror image, ready for printing). Then, with scissors, cut carefully along the edges of the design; this will remove the shiny background that surrounds each letter, which will make your finished tote look much more polished.

Carefully position the lettering on the tote bag, and iron in place following the manufacturer's instructions for the transfer paper. You may find it easier to position the word "with" first, and then work outward from there; working with fewer letters at a time will give you more control.

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