I’m going to start off by saying that I am not a big monogram person. I very rarely (if ever) opt for the monogramed goods mostly because the inherent preppiness just isn’t me. Maybe it’s because I worked at the preppiest place on earth for 8+ years, but the only way you’re getting a monogram into my life is if it’s very simple and modern. Then we can talk.
I honestly had this idea (and the materials) sitting around for several months, but the original idea was to use some quirky phrase instead of a monogram. But then I got to thinking about how obsessed I’ve been with this tote from Madewell for the past 3 years… the thin, narrow monogram that made it seem so current and cool. I was swayed to try the monogram myself on this super simple linen tote, but I still felt like it needed a little something extra.
In came the rubberized bottom. I like the idea of the color blocking to further modernize a plain linen tote, and the rubber finish means that the bottom is super durable and is weather resistant. So, I could set this tote down on the wet ground if I had full hands and it wouldn’t be an issue.
The materials needed for this DIY are very simple and I found most at my local craft store (Joann Fabrics) and the Plasti-Dip was from Lowe’s. I’ve linked to everything here on Amazon, however, so you can access directly! I certainly didn’t use all of the paint, foil, or tape, and you could make a few bags out of the materials!
Tools & Materials:
Painters Tape (I used gaffers tape because I think it makes a better line on fabrics)
First, section off the bottom of the tote with your tape of choice. You can use painters tape, but I think gaffers tape works 10x better for fabrics and it stops any seeping whatsoever. Then, you can cover the top of your bag with a plastic garbage bag or something else large enough to shield it from the paint (not pictured). Once the top is safe, go ahead and spray the bottom of the bag. I used 2 coats, letting them dry in-between the next.
While the paint is drying, you can cut out your foil! If you have a cricut, feel free to use it, but this monogram was so simple that I cut it by hand. First, print out the letters onto printer paper and then cut them out with scissors. Then, trace around your cut-out letters. Flip the letters backwards and trace on the backside of the foil so that you don’t see any marker marks.
Then, use a craft knife (or scissors!) to cut out the letters you just traced.
Place the letters onto your tote and then cover lightly with a piece of fabric (make sure the letters don’t move when you cover them!). Iron over the letters with first pressure for 40-60 seconds using the linen setting on your iron.
Didn’t it turn out adorable?! It did take a little more time and effort than some of the DIYs I do, but here was the amazing part. I’ve carried it several places in the last week, and every single time I carry it, I get stopped and asked, “WHERE DID YOU GET THAT!” I think it looks like an upscale Kate Spade bag or something… but obviously much less expensive than similar KS bags.
I hope you’ll give this one a try! It’s a fun lazy weekend afternoon project that people will be so envious of!
Get the Materials