DIY: Monogram Stripe Tote Bag

The biggest request I’ve gotten from you guys has been for more DIY gift ideas! Last week, we made these votives and today I have another fun (crowd-pleaser!) DIY gift idea up my sleeve for you… this gorgeous monogrammed tote!

We use Old Navy’s classic tote bag as our foundation for the project. This bag is great on its own and the roomy silhouette makes it perfect for the office, running errands, everything! I thought I’d jazz it up a little bit though (a la one of my favorite French designers, of course!) adding racing stripes and a monogram to the front. All you need is some acrylic paint (make sure to get white too, for use as a primer!), painter’s tape, brushes and alphabet stencils! All of the steps are in the video, and while this project takes a bit of time (only because the coats of paint need to dry) the results make it worthwhile. I recommend making a few at once for all of your girlfriends! (This also makes a great gift for bridesmaids, I might add!)

Happy Crafting!


photography by Lydia Hudgens, video by Giafrese.

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  1. jillian:

    what a fun project! xo jillian

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  2. So sweet – I love that you used all 3 initials. Would be cute with pastel paint, too!

    Warm Regards,

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  4. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing the process — SC at

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  5. Leila:

    Hi Grace,
    for I’m a long time reader and fan of your Blog, I’d like to say how I love the idea of a monogrammed tote.
    But honestly, especially with masking tape, you can paint much more exact, don’t you think? As a experienced crafter, I know how hard straight edges can be. A bit curvy here and there is really ok, but still visible white base paint is a no-go, when working on a elegant looking accessory! I know you can do better than that!

    With best regards and looking forward to your next project,

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