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Much cooler than a bag for life.
So here's how to make an easy, diy studded cross tote bag, perfect for rolling up small and keeping in your handbag for when you pick up a few things at the supermarket!

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  • How to make an embellished tote. Diy Studded Tote Bag - Step 1
    Step 1

    Here's what you'll need:

    A canvas tote bag (You can get these for around 50p each!)
    Pyramid Studs (I get mine from Ebay)
    Fabric pens in whatever colours you fancy.

  • How to make an embellished tote. Diy Studded Tote Bag - Step 2
    Step 2

    I started off messing around with the studs before deciding to go with a cross pattern.

    It's much better to decide beforehand what design you want to do because once you start studding, you will obviously be making holes in the fabric.

  • How to make an embellished tote. Diy Studded Tote Bag - Step 3
    Step 3

    Push the studs through the fabric in the formation of the pattern you've chosen. In all honesty, pushing studs through thin fabric is quite fiddly to get them straight, so line them up as close to your previous stud as possible.

  • How to make an embellished tote. Diy Studded Tote Bag - Step 4
    Step 4

    Close the back of the studs.

  • How to make an embellished tote. Diy Studded Tote Bag - Step 5
    Step 5

    This is what your cross will look like!

  • How to make an embellished tote. Diy Studded Tote Bag - Step 6
    Step 6

    Repeat over the tote bag with as many crosses as you want.

  • How to make an embellished tote. Diy Studded Tote Bag - Step 7
    Step 7

    Pick a couple of coloured fabric pens and draw some random little triangles at different angles over the bag.

    Leave to dry for 5 minutes.

  • How to make an embellished tote. Diy Studded Tote Bag - Step 8
    Step 8

    Place your bag on an ironing board and cover with a tea towel.

    With your iron on the cotton heat setting, run over your bag for about 30 seconds, this will seal your fabric pen design making it machine washable!

  • How to make an embellished tote. Diy Studded Tote Bag - Step 9
    Step 9

    And you're done! Go to town on patterns and colours. Wear your own personal style knowing no one else has one the same!

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