Today, we’re sharing how simple it is to make a DIY Monogrammed Market Tote you can take with you to the farmer’s market or use in lieu of plastic bags at your local grocery store!
Shortly before the new year began, my family and I were discussing our Word of the Year and goals we were excited to tackle. As with many of our conversations, we started talking about a goal we could work to achieve as a family.
We tossed around several different ideas that a wide range of ages (almost 4 to almost 70) would be able to participate in, both together and independently, before finally settling on working to cut our use of plastics.
Ironically, I had just watched a documentary on how plastics are affecting the worlds bird and sea animal population. Let me just tell you, it was haunting. Not to be graphic, but after the birds die the park service does an autopsy to identify the cause of death. I was shocked at the number of random items, some of which we use daily, that were found in the stomachs of these birds.
Since then, we’ve been looking for plastic alternatives for everything from single use straws to sandwich bags to food storage containers. I don’t expect us to be perfect. I think we’re all pretty realistic about just how many every day products we use that are made from plastic. That said, we know we could be doing more.
One of the easiest ways to limit the use of plastics is to stop bringing home plastic bags from the grocery store. So, we’ve been on the hunt for market totes and reusable grocery bags that suit our different lifestyles. We literally created this version in just a few simple steps!
Here’s a look at all the supplies you’ll need and the steps to take in case you want to make one too…
DIY Monogrammed Market Tote Supplies:
- Jute Market Tote (canvas would be good too)
- Large Alphabet Letters
- Fabric Craft Paint (choose your favorite color or one that complements your market tote)
- Craft Paint Brush and/or Stencil Brush
- Permanent Marker (optional)
- Painter’s Tape
- Piece of Cardboard (to protect the inside of your market tote from paint)
- Tarp (to protect your surfaces)
DIY Monogrammed Market Tote Steps:
Step 1:We found this zippered jute tote with sturdy handles at Hobby Lobby. It’s coated on the inside which should make cleaning up any spills super easy.
Step 2: We wanted to customize this DIY market tote a bit, so of course, we had to monogram it by using these large alphabet letters which you can find at your local craft supply store.
Step 3:Lay a tarp down to protect your surfaces from the fabric craft paint.
Step 4:Center your letter or full monogram in the middle of the market tote and secure in place with painter’s tape. I’m making this one to go with my Mom’s other birthday gifts.
Step 5:Layer a piece of cardboard on the inside of the market tote to protect it against craft paint bleed through.
Step 6:Depending on the material of your stencils you can either brush the fabric craft paint in a circular motion directly onto the market tote
Step 7:OR you can carefully outline the letter with a permanent marker and fill in the letter with the fabric craft paint and a fine detail art brush.
Step 8:Allow the craft paint to dry completely on your DIY Market Tote. I’ve used several different craft paints now and some say allow to air dry 24 hours before “heat setting” the fabric paint with a dry iron using a pressing cloth. All that is to say, make sure you read the directions on the back of your craft paint bottle very carefully and follow all instructions when you’re doing this project.
Step 9: I mean, super simple but totally cute, right?
Now, I know some of you are probably busy moms and professionals, so you might not have time to create a DIY Market Tote like this, but you’re still interested in helping your family create small changes that make a big difference for the planet like reusable grocery bags.
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I can’t wait to give this DIY Market Tote to my Mom this weekend and to see how our family progresses limiting and reducing our use of plastics throughout the year. It seems a bit overwhelming right now but as with any goal, small steps lead to big changes and we’re all up for the challenge.
If you want to find out more about how plastics area affecting the oceans and wildlife, check out this post from the National Park Service. Read this post on the Be Straw Free Campaign if you’re ready to start small and limit or reduce your use of plastic straws. A big shout out to my fellow Floridians in Fort Myers for helping to lead the way when it comes to reducing single use plastic straws!
Do you have any tips on how we can go plastic free at the grocery store? We’d love to hear about them!
See you guys back here tomorrow. We’re getting ready head out for our annual birthday celebration trip, but I’ll share scenes from our week, what’s on our menu, and all of our favorite things from around the web. Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.