I decided to spruce up a plain, navy blue tote bag I had found during one of my thrifting adventures. Truthfully, I didn’t NEED another tote bag- let’s face it, who really does?- but it was in great shape, and at $2.99, it was the perfect candidate for embellishment. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
I decided a wintry scene would be perfect against the dark blue canvas, and since I can’t draw freehand to save my life, I found a great printable of a naked tree. I printed and cut out the tree, then pinned it to some glitter felt I had on hand to create my winter tree.
I pinned it to my tote bag like this to start creating my snowy scene…
After I stitched the felt tree to the bag, I pinned on a length of vintage scalloped eyelet trim (similar to this version) to the bottom of the bag, as if the ground were blanketed in snow.
After I hand-stitched the lace onto the bag, it was time to add the “snowflakes“!! Using small crocheted doilies I found on Etsy, I pinned them on the bag as if they were falling snow and then stitched them in place.
The scene needed just a little more pizazz- a couple of red birds in the tree perfected it! Like a Christmas Card in tote bag form.
I love it- like a nighttime snowfall when the world goes completely silent.
Cute without being too cutesy- and now I have the perfect bag to carry when I head to wintertime craft markets and festivals.