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"Personalizing" Store Totes (Tip/Technique)
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Posted by: PattiAnnJ
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Posted on: 6/5/09 5:10 PM
I add embroideries, appliques or orphan quilt blocks to the store totes I have bought, so there is no question as to who they belong to....although no one has ever challenge me....when I buy a new one I have to tell the clerk to charge me for the tote!

I added yellow daisies to the old blue Walmart totes; a monkey juggling fruit to their newest, black tote, a dinner setting on a Kroger grocery tote, sewing notions on a JoAnn's tote and my favorite - a little stick carpenter on a Lowe's Home Improvement tote.

So far, the only tote that has me stymied is the Target tote - it is pretty classy for a store tote and there isn't a company name, just little bulls-eyes representing leaves on two stick trees....maybe I'll add "my bag" on one of the side panels.

You cannot touch an iron to the totes or they will melt. To machine embroider, I use temporary spray adhesive to hold the cut away stabilizer and tote in place.

I mark on the outside of the tote where I want the embroidery to be, turn the tote inside out and hand-press in place on the hooped the stabilizer that has been sprayed with the adhesive.

I use a cereal box with a cut-out for the hoop, slip in the hoop and spray without getting the hoop sticky.

When finished, I hang the totes on the laundry room door - that is the last place I always look when checking the doors before leaving the house.

Cool totes, clean hoops and no more heaps of plastic bags to recycle!

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Peggy L said...
Fun idea!
6/6/09 8:54 AM
Woolygal said...
Nice idea.
6/6/09 9:07 AM
Mary Stiefer said...
I love this idea. I've done some things similar. How about embroidering a bunch of darts on the target tote and some saying in the middle like "People that don't recycle" = "people that don't like animals" or something that is one of your pet peeves about people. That would be funny.
6/6/09 12:04 PM
Oceanpeg said...
Good idea. On the target one, how about "Recycling hits the spot" printed on it?
6/7/09 4:09 AM
HAHT said...
Great review and loved how you "personaized" depending on the store/use of the bag...keep reusing those bags! The average family tosses out 1500 plastic bags a year...that's a lot of plastic sitting around!
7/8/09 8:31 PM
HAHT said...
Great review and loved how you "personalized" depending on the store/use of the bag...keep reusing those bags! The average family tosses out 1500 plastic bags a year...that's a lot of plastic sitting around!
7/8/09 8:31 PM

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