DIY Bridesmaid Gift Bags

My contribution to my sister-in-law’s bachelorette weekend was cute tote bags to hold all of the goodies the other ladies brought. I wanted something simple and classy. My sister-in-law was using a lot of gold, blush, and neutrals in her wedding decor, so I stuck with that palette.


The Bag

I searched far and wide for a reasonably priced, yet nice looking canvas tote. I eventually found a decent option at Hobby Lobby, but had to visit several of them to find enough bags for all the bridesmaids and the bride. In doing research for this article, I came across this option on Amazon: Augbunny 100% Cotton Canvas Tote Bag. Truth be told, I wish I had found this when I was making these bags because there are several color options and I wouldn’t have had to run all over Phoenix.

I played around for a while with different ideas for bag design. I thought about putting each bridesmaid’s full name, but ultimately decided on a monogram for a cleaner look. Also, some of the bridesmaid’s names were much longer than others, so they wouldn’t look as balanced all together.

I decided to proceed with monograms using the Storyteller Serif font. You can purchase it here from Creative Market if you want the exact same look. Otherwise, there is a vast array of free font options. Check out my Pinterest board for some great free font suggestions.

I created each monogram in Adobe Illustrator, saved them as paths, and then exported the file as an SVG to work with my KNK Zing.

I used a gold heat transfer vinyl (consider this one: Siser Easyweed Gold Iron on Vinyl Roll for easy removal of unwanted parts of the design) and ironed it onto the bags. I ironed all the wrinkles out of each bag first to make sure I had a flat surface to work on. Make sure you keep moving the iron around the entire design, without staying in the same spot too long – that can cause wrinkles in the vinyl.

The Bow

I found pink and gold polka dot ribbon at Hobby Lobby. I would search JoAnn Fabric and Michael’s for other options, too. This ribbon below would also look great:


More about Jessica

Hello and welcome! I'm Jess. This blog is my little corner of cyberspace where I can share my crafting, gardening, and other adventures. This photo is of me and my dad on one of the greatest days of my life. Preparing and crafting for my wedding unleashed a whole new level of creativity I want to share with you. Enjoy!

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