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Homemade Mother’s Day Gift – Colored Tote

I love to give and receive homemade gifts.

I can't think of anyone who wouldn't rather receive a present that Grace made over a new trinket or book or blouse.

Not even my dad, who would like to pretend otherwise.

Grace and I are in the middle of making some awesome Mother's Day presents for the most important women in Grace's life.

Martha Stewart's website has 50 different suggestions for Mother's Day crafts, and many of them are quick and easy. I found this project on that site.

Homemade Mother's Day Gift – Colored Totes

  1. I bought some cloth tote bags, iron-on letters, and some iron-on transfers at the craft store.
  2. I downloaded the image file from Martha's website and printed it on the iron-on transfers.
  3. I placed the iron-on letters that I wanted on the tote bag.
  4. According to the iron-on transfer instructions, you're supposed to trim the paper close to the design, place it where you want it to be on the fabric, and then iron it. I covered mine with a cheap pillowcase to protect the tote bag fabric, and then I ironed the design and the letters to attach them to the tote bag.
    homemade mothers day present homemade mother's day gift
  5. Again, according to the directions, I peeled off the paper and had a gorgeous outline. Except where I botched the transfer, but that became a lot less important.
    preschooler mother's day gift
  6. Before Grace got started, I outlined the design with Sharpie marker just in case the transfer peeled off later, and I colored the branch brown for contrast.
  7. Just before I let Grace loose with a big box of multi-colored Sharpie markers, I asked her to finish this sentence, “I love ___ (insert recipient's name here) because?” and I wrote her answer at the top.
    The answers she gave me were priceless! The one she's working on below, for Joe's mother, says “I love you because you give me toys.”
    personalized mother's day gift
  8. While Grace was coloring, I wrote “Grace, May 2010” somewhere on the tote bag, and I colored the flower's centers.

I love how Grace's almost-3-year-old brain works. We had a blast coloring the totes.

I took lots of pictures of our finished totes, but I am not posting those until after the recipients have received them. I hope you understand!

Happy Mother's Day!

Happily submitted to Things I Love Thursday, Show & Tell, Transformation Thursday, Show Off Your Stuff, Get Your Craft On Thursdays,  PhotoStory Friday, Give Me Your Best Shot, Finer Things Friday and Just for the Joy of It

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15 thoughts on “Homemade Mother’s Day Gift – Colored Tote”

  1. I can't wait to see the final result…..looks like a great little project though! I'm still trying to figure out what we're going to make for the moms (grandmas)….
    I found a site that had traced the kiddos' hands and then embroidered them. Sounds like a neat idea, but not sure if I can pull it off. 🙂

  2. She does have some great ideas, thanks! I like the tote bags w/ the pictures, and I also like the pressed pansy coasters. I was thinking of having my son help me make pressed flower bookmarks (in addition to the embroidered thing), but the coasters would be neat. I'm thinking that putting pics of the kids instead of flowers would look good too!

  3. They really are cute.

    Embroidery in a couple of days sounds… stressful. 🙂 Go for something a
    little easier. Martha's site has 50 different projects. Maybe you can find
    something there?

  4. What a great idea!! I love how involved your daughter was in making it. Can't wait to come back and see the finished products.

  5. What a cute idea. I love that you were able to get your daughter involved with this project too! Great post!

  6. I love this idea! The kids would have so much fun doing this, and it sure beats a store bought gift any day!

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