How to Make an Easy Hand Lettered Tote

Although I think I’ll always consider myself a California girl, living in Oregon continues to amaze me. There is a never ending beauty that surrounds you the moment you enter the state and I’ve met some of the friendliest people on the planet in the 16 years since we’ve moved here.

For me, my absolute favorite thing that we’ve enjoyed about Oregon this summer has been our local Farmers Market. If you ever find yourself in Lake Oswego, Oregon on a Saturday morning from May to October, this is the place to stop. It’s filled with local artisans, live music, fresh produce and more.

Farmers Market Produce |

Farmers Market Live Music |

The weather is typically perfect and the scenery is fantastic.

Farmers Market Samples |

Farmers Market Fruit |

Currently I’m most excited that I can get fresh cut flowers at a great price…

Fresh Cut Flowers |

… and FRESH MINI DOUGHNUTS two hundred feet from my front door!

Fresh Doughnuts |

But seriously… the best part of the Farmers Market (aside from fresh doughnuts) is that you are getting quality products and supporting the local community. Because we could get carried away with all of the delicious options, I try to stick to a budget so that we can pick-up a few items (and maybe even try something new) without breaking the bank.

I always want to buy ALL the things!

I’ve recently decided a new tote bag was in order for our Saturday morning adventures and you can create one too with this simple tutorial.

Hand Lettered Tote Bag |

How to Make an Easy Hand Lettered Tote

Supplies for an Easy Hand Lettered Tote

**This post contains affiliate links. Many of the supplies listed can be found at your local craft or fabric store, but the links have been provide for your convenience in recreating this project.**

Hand Lettered Tote Bag Supplies |

Make an Easy Hand Lettered Tote

Before beginning, place a piece of cardboard inside the tote bag to keep your art work from bleeding through to the other side.

Tips for Hand Lettered Tote Bag |

I considered a lot of different techniques for adding lettering to this bag, but ultimately I chose to keep it simple by hand drawing the word “FRESH”. You can check out my tips for free form hand lettering HERE.

I originally thought I would use a white chalk pencil to add the lettering, but quickly realized that a lead pencil works better. Also, you can actually erase your pencil marks from the jute tote so have fun with your design and sketch until you have it the way you want it.

Farmers Market Hand Lettered Tote Bag |

Outline your sketch with the ultra fine Sharpie. Fill in wider lines with a fine point Sharpie.

Sharpie Hand Lettered Tote Bag |

Custom Hand Lettered Tote Bag |

Make an Easy Hand Lettered Tote

This post is part of a collaboration with other Oregon Bloggers. For more creative ideas, please visit these talented local blogs:

Oregon Bloggers Round-Up

What is special to you about your home state? Are there any local “must sees” that you highly recommend for visitors? Have you discovered anything new in your area this summer?


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