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101 Days of Christmas: Monogrammed Tote Bag

I’m a little embarrassed to post this project before it’s all the way finished because it is so very simple, but unfortunately I misplaced my yellow embroidery thread and won’t be able to finish stitching it until I find it or buy some more!

But even in its not-quite-finished state, I love this cute little tote bag and I think they’d make great gifts for a variety of different people. You could use them as library book bags for the special kids in your life or carry alls for busy friends or teachers.


  • plain canvas tote bag
  • colorful fabric
  • matching embroidery thread
  • needle
  • scissors
  • straight pins
  • paper


Print a large letter on an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of paper. I used Arial, and my letter measured about 6″ tall.

Cut out the paper letter, pin it to your piece of fabric and then cut out the fabric letter.

Pin the fabric letter to your canvas bag, making sure it’s straight and centered.

Begin stitching around the edge of your letter. I used a chain stitch, but you could really use any stitch, I think.

After you’re finished stitching the edge, carefully pull the loose threads to create a fringe. Trim as necessary.

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