Create A Custom Tote Bag To Be Used To Hold Essentials For Your Sister's Baby

If your sister just had a baby and you would like to surprise her with a unique gift, create a custom tote bag for them by completing the project below. Afterwards, fill the bag with essentials, such as diapers, wipes, baby powder, and bottles before giving the bag to your loved one.


  • newspaper
  • canvas tote bag
  • stencils
  • two-sided tape
  • fabric paint
  • artist paintbrushes
  • foam shapes
  • shallow pans
  • self-adhesive embellishments
  • paint pens
  • tissue paper
  • baby items
  • hole puncher
  • gift tag 
  • thin string
  • scissors
  • permanent marker

​Use Fabric Paint To Add A Design And Lettering To The Bag

Place the canvas tote bag on a newspaper-covered surface. Secure stencils to each side of the bag with two-sided tape. Use an artist's paintbrush and fabric paint to fill in the stencils. Wait for one side of the bag to dry completely before flipping it over and adding paint to the opposite side. If you would like to add a textured design to the canvas, dip foam shapes into shallow pans that are filled with paint. Afterwards, press each shape firmly against the bag's surface. Use your sister's favorite colors to create a unique design.

Write your sister's name or her baby's name across the top sides of the bag with a paint pen in order to give the bag a personalized appearance. If you do not have neat penmanship, secure letter stencils to the bag before tracing them with a paint pen.

Secure Embellishments And Add Tissue Paper

Purchase self-adhesive embellishments, such as rhinestones, gemstones, or faux diamonds. Remove the backing from each embellishment before adhering all of them to various parts of the bag. You may wish to create a pattern with the decorations or create a line of one type of embellishment along the bag's handles. Afterwards, line the base of the bag with a few sheets of tissue paper that are a color that will complement the colors that were used to decorate the outside of the bag.

Fill The Bag With Baby Items

Fill the bag with a variety of items that your sister will need for her baby when she is away from home. Use a hole puncher to create a hole in a gift tag. Insert a thin piece of string through the tag. Tie the string securely around one of the bag's handles. Write a simple congratulatory message on the tag before giving the custom bag to your sister.