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Find the Perfect Tote Bags for Embroidery

April Cole |


If you're someone who loves to infuse a bit of personality into your belongings, then embroidering bags might just be the perfect project for you. It's a fun and creative way to add a unique touch to your favorite bags. Adding a pop of color to your wardrobe can be as simple as incorporating a few strategically placed strings. With just a little bit of creativity, you can transform a plain piece of fabric into a unique and eye-catching accessory that's sure to turn heads. Whether you're looking to add a touch of personality to your outfit or simply want to experiment with new ways to express your style, colorful strings are a versatile and fun way to do it. So why not give it a try to embroidered tote bags and see what kind of statement accessory you can create? Considering projects that require a sturdy and reliable tote bag, canvas totes made from thick material are the ideal choice.

Why Opting for Tote Bags?

Totes are a great option for those looking for a stylish and practical bag. The best part is that they are available at affordable prices, making them accessible to everyone. Whether you need a tote for work, school, or just everyday use, you can find one that fits your budget without sacrificing quality or style. So why not add a tote to your collection today? Engaging in creative activities can be a great opportunity for experimentation, so don't be afraid to try new things and learn from any mistakes along the way. Embroidery has the power to transform any piece of clothing into something truly special when done with skill and precision. As for budget-friendly tote bags, it's surprising how they can end up looking quite expensive.

What Makes a Tote Bag Perfect for Embroidery?

Tote bags can be a great canvas for embroidery because they offer a flat and wide surface that is easy to work with. The first step for your artistic project is to find a perfect tote bags. Below are some of the main traits that make an item perfect for embroidery. However, you should also consider your design, especially when selecting the color and size of the bag.

Fabric Selection


For casual use, look for tote bags made of sturdy and durable materials such as canvas or cotton. These materials can hold up well to embroidery and won't easily tear or fray. On the other hand, smooth and even texture is essential for good embroidery results. Avoid tote bags with rough textures, as they may cause the needle to snag or pull the thread, resulting in an uneven and messy embroidery design.

When choosing a tote bag for embroidery, it is essential to go for a thick fabric to prevent tearing. We highly recommend natural woven fabrics like cotton, linen, or wool. These will create a solid base for your colorful design. However, fabric choice also depends on the embroidery technique. Here is a short guide:

  • Tightly woven even-weave fabrics: surface embroidery.
  • Loosely woven fabrics: pulled thread, drawn thread, counted thread techniques.

Color Scheme


By aiming for chromatic harmony, you can ensure that your final product will be cohesive and visually pleasing. The color wheel is a great resource to use (and to revisit)! There are many exciting strategies you can explore when selecting the colors for your fabric and threads.

By selecting colors from the opposite ends of the wheel, you can achieve a high contrast look between the background and design. Using purple and yellow together creates a beautiful complementary color scheme! You have the option to take a subtle approach and create a beautiful palette using different shades of the same color. This monochromatic option has the potential to result in a truly exquisite embroidered bag.

No matter which path you choose, it's great to know that having colors within the same chromatic field is essential. Choosing either pastel or neon colors will enhance the final look, so let's stick to those options!

The Matter of Size


The size of the tote bag matters for personal design and taste when embroidering it as it can affect how the embroidery design looks on the bag. The size of the embroidery design should be proportional to the size of the tote bag. If the design is too big for the bag, it may look cramped or distorted. Similarly, if the bag is too small, the design may not stand out. The size of the design should also be balanced with that of the tote bag.

Plain totes offer a generous space for creative embroidery. However, keep in mind the ratio of the image to the bag. If you are going with an oversized tote, you should have bold and daring stitching or fill the space with a complex pattern. With smaller bags or zippered tote bags, you can add a cute detail in a corner, and it will still have a significant visual impact.

Vendor Choice


Vendor choice is also an aspect to consider when selecting your bag for embroidery. Make sure they display the fabric details for every item. Also, try to find out if they supply in wholesale and read about their delivery options. 

Here at ToteBagFactory, we offer a colorful variety of plain totes, ready to serve your embroidery project needs. We proudly display details about the fabrics we used for creating each item and detailed information about dimensions. Our budget-friendly prices make our products accessible to all. You can find out more about our shipping and delivery service here. Also, you have the option to track your order

How to Prepare your Tote Bag for Embroidery


Now that you have your bag, let's get it ready for the exciting embroidery process. You can create a beautiful piece of art by starting with a fresh canvas, so go ahead and wash the fabric thoroughly. Make sure to dry it properly before ironing. Pressing the material ensures that your design will be smooth and free of any unwanted wrinkles.

Great choice on using canvas! Just remember to avoid using a hot iron on the wet material to prevent any potential shrinking. Make sure to check if the tote came with instructions on washing and ironing! Always stick to these.

After the design is complete, it's recommended to repeat the process of washing, drying, and ironing the material. With a little patience, your canvas tote will be dry in no time! It typically takes up to 24 hours to air dry, but it's worth the wait. Once you turn the tote inside out and press the fabric, it will look smooth and wrinkle-free! Great tip! By turning your embroidered bag inside out when ironing, you can protect the design and keep it looking great for a long time.

A Few Words About Embroidery

Embroidery is a fascinating process that requires skill and patience. Embroidery has been around for millennia. With many different styles and applications, fabric decoration has stood the test of time and remains a popular fashion trend. Crafting with a needle and thread or yarn is a wonderful way to produce stunning and intricate designs in a variety of colors.

Over time, the practice evolved from craft to art. Nowadays, the technique is omnipresent, you can spot it on casual streetwear, in the latest runway shows, but also in art galleries.

DIY Embroidery


Embroidery can be a very relaxing way to pass time. If you are in search of a new activity, it is definitely worth a shot. However, do not get overly ambitious. Start with basic design ideas and work up to more complex ones. Take your time to master each difficulty level before moving on. Letters, for example, can be a great starting point and can lead to some beautifully embroidered bags.

There are many stitching techniques, but these are the foundation:

  • Running stitch is basically regular sewing. It is a go-to technique for framing a design. However, it is not the best option for lettering, as it is too breezy. 
  • Stem stitch is ideal for floral and nature motifs. The downside is that it is not too friendly with sharp turns and corners.
  • Back stitch is ideal for lettering as it creates easy-to-read text on your fabric.
  • Satin stitch is best suited for filling in empty spaces. 
  • Split stitch is a highly decorative technique, perfect for flourishes of all kinds. The great thing about it is that it adds texture and dimension to your design.
  • French knots are not for beginners, but they are delicate, and each knot is one-of-a-kind. These are perfect for the eyes or the centers of flowers.

Before you begin your new venture of bag embroidery, make sure you have all the items you need. You can find all of these at your local supplies shop:

  • Fabric choice is essential for your project. Thicker material is always the safest choice, but you can learn to embroider more delicate fabrics as well. For starters, go with simple white or light-colored linen. 
  • Needles with an eye that fit your embroidery floss. Especially if you are at the beginning, consider purchasing a pack with different needle sizes. This will allow you to experiment with the different sizes and see which feels the most comfortable to start. 
  • Scissors that cut floss well without leaving threads.
  • Pencil or water-soluble pen to trace your design on the fabric. 
  • Floss for embroidery is not an expensive purchase, so feel free to buy several colors of different widths. 
  • Embroidery hoop made of wood or plastic to secure your fabric.

Embroidery Services


If you decide to use an embroidery service, start by preparing your design on a flat proof. Make sure that this version has the chromatics you would like featured. However, keep in mind that images often need to be simplified for embroidery. This is not a customization process that favors detailing.  

The automated embroidery machine has threaded needles for each color. Polyester threads are most commonly used in this process, as these stay vibrant for a long time and are highly resistant to tear. The fabric is moved under the needle to form the desired pattern or shape. This requires patience and skill. Based on the complexity of the logo, it can be a very laborious process.   

We are proud to have embroidery among our customization services, next to screen printing and digital printing. Currently, you can select as many as 5 colors for your design. When picking out your tote bag, access the customize button on the page and choose how many colors you would like for the embroidery. Also, we offer the option of applying your design on both sides of the product. 

Customizing a plain tote opens up a colorful world of opportunities. It can be an ideal personalized gift for a birthday, anniversary, baby shower, and basically any kind of event. Companies who want to promote their business can get their logos or the company's name on embroidered bags and distribute them among potential customers.

Pick Up the Threads

You can turn any budget-friendly plain tote, zippered tote bag into a beautiful fashion accessory. Embroidery can put a colorful and personal spin on a bag for any occasion, be that a wedding, baby shower, birthday, or purely to celebrate yourself. Follow our quick and easy guide on choosing the perfect bag for embroidery. Pick up the threads of your artsy project!