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Design Used: Just Because It’s Handmade


Find even more lively chalkboard designs here!

Chalk it Up! Create an eye-catching carry-all with chalkboard designs stitched on jet-black fabric. Their unique typography and contemporary style are a stunning contrast against the deep, dark fabric.

The chalkboard style is ever-popular, and a fun addition to any tote. Plus, these designs are simple and it’s easy to update the colors to suit your fabric choices.

Tropical Oasis Medley

Under the Sea Life Collage

Life is Better in Flip Flops

Fun in the Sun!

Store-bought beach bags get an instant update with colorful embroidery. Pick a favorite design to make it yours!

Design Used: Fashion-Forward Garden

Design Used: Strawberry Wreath

Nylon Screen Tote Bag Carry fresh goodies from stall to stall at the farmers market with a nylon screen bag. Bright embroidery featuring fruits and veggies add eye-catching appeal; mesh fabric allows you to tote around wet items easily.

Nylon screen, also known as “pet screen,� is soft and pliable. It can generally be found in the utility section of fabric stores, or sourced online.


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Traditional Tote B


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gn Used: Khokhloma Floral Bouquet

Both fashion and function are in the bag with this versatile tote. Clean lines and a simple style give it a traditional look, while brilliant embroidery allows you to personalize it for any need. Three different sizes (medium shown here) make it easy to customize for your needs.

Watch the video to see how to make this crafty and classic tote bag.

Blooming T

Tote Bag

Stitch a one-of-a-kind tote to express your personality Keep an eye out for blank tote bags. Before embroidering, rip open a seam or two to hoop the bag flat. Embellish with a favorite design to fit your style and needs.

Canvas fabric is sturdy and reliable, and often used in tote bags. Both light and detailed designs are a good choice when stitching on canvas.

Design Used: April Showers Bring May Flowers

Upcycled Denim Tote Rework an old pair of jeans into a sophisticated tote bag. It’s a chic and clever way to turn unused denim into something both reusable and useful. Not only is denim a terrific choice for totes as it is sturdy and durable, but using an old pair of jeans adds an extra-special look with a colorful scarf threaded through the belt loops.


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Design Used: America the Beautiful Lighthouse


Project Design Used: Cup For A Book Lover Instructions

Book Lover’s Tote Both readers and writers will adore carrying their books in style with a classic reading tote. Pick a favorite literary design, then load up for your next trip to the library or coffee shop.

I Love Reading

Reading is Groovy

So Many Books So Little Time

Designs Used: A Fruit Cocktail Design Pack

Go Green Grocery Tote Reusable grocery bags are a terrific way to carry goods home from the supermarket. Go green with this sturdy tote! It’s large enough to carry your produce home in one trip, plus the colorful embroidery and classic style make it an always trendy choice. Pick your favorite fruit and veggie designs to add a tasty look to this grocery tote.


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Crafty Carry-All

Designs Used: Qu

uilting Clothesline

View all the clothesline designs! Many tote bags are square, and feature similarly structured designs. Keep an eye out for unique styles and shapes, like clothesline or thick borders, too! They fill the space beautifully, and are a stunning way to adorn any tote.

Design Used: Turtle Trio with Flower Shells


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T-Shirt Tote Bag Transform an old T-shirt into a cute and creative tote bag. Whether making a trip to the farmer’s market or heading to the pool, this bag is an amazing way to carry essentials in style.

Tutu Tote Bag

Dancers of all ages will adore this sweet tote, complete with a fun, sparkly skirt. Fabulous for a dance bag, or a trip to grandma’s house!


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Designs Used: Napoleonic Bee Flourish

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Designs Used: See You Later Alligator

Embroidery Library has long been known for excellent machine embroidery designs and inspiring ideas. We’ve been drawing and digitizing designs, here in Minnesota, since 1998. Embroidery Library is 100% employee-owned, and each of us has an artistic nature and creative spirit. Every design we create is absolutely unique -- we don’t use clip art, and we don’t outsource. We’d love to see you at our website, exploring more ideas and inspiration! Visit us at: .

Next time you’re looking for a way to corral toys and stuffed animals, try a tote bag! Adorn with a sweet embroidery design, and it’s ready to keep all your kids’ gear out of the way.

Embroidery Library Totally Totes Lookbook  

12 Fabulous ideas for tote bags! Free tutorials, videos, inspiring examples, and more.

Embroidery Library Totally Totes Lookbook  

12 Fabulous ideas for tote bags! Free tutorials, videos, inspiring examples, and more.