Screen Printing Tote Bags-Video

There is nothing like creating something on your own once in a while, and screen printing tote bags is one you can actually do at home. It’s nice to be able to choose what you would like to have on it for example, your name, a favorite picture you took, or being creative and drawing either on paper first or right on the bag. You can purchase supplies individually, or buy kits that have all you need included with or without a bag.

They will make a great gift for anyone, including a family member, friend or for a teacher along with others you may need one for. Decoration options include a trim at the top of the bag with fabric, beads, studs, craft store decorations or leave it plain. The print you choose can be black or any other color, along with multi colors as well. The bag itself, doesn’t have to be white but bright or even all black. This picture is what was screen printed in the video, a colorful elephant on a white fabric tote bag.

Screen Printed Elephant Tote Bag

This video is just over five minutes, and I chose it for how simple it is and it’s not as difficult as some of us may have thought. To screen print a tote bag, make sure you have everything you need ready to go. By watching the video at least once first before you get started, you will be familiar with it as you go along. The color won’t come off when it’s washed as long as you set it properly as shown.

You can find starter or regular kits and accessories at your local craft stores or by shopping on line. The items needed are a white tote bag, a screening stencil, black ink, cardboard, plastic knife, a small squeegee, plastic canvas, fabric markers, paint brush and an iron. There is more information in the video.

I hope you enjoyed watching and making your own screen printing tote bag, and perhaps will want to make more for yourself or others. It would be a great project to do with your own children or if you run a daycare or teach, to make them with your classroom.

I have another article that is a fun and interesting video Painting Leather Handbags​, where you can take an older bag and paint it giving it a make over.

Click on Women’s Purses and Handbags for information about them, for men’s click on Men’s Bags and Accessories. The option to shop for both is to the right on my sidebar where I have several merchants listed.


  1. Amy


    Hi! This looks really fun! My daughters would love this!

    1. Patsy


      Hi Amy,

      It’s great to hear that your daughters would love to do this. It’s fun being creative and decorating a bag the way you want to.
      Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

  2. ecocatherine


    Hi Patsy, I had never considered doing this before. I absolutely love drawing so this is something I feel that could do. Totally agree with you about the gift idea. Friends of mine would just love this. Can yo recommend the best places to by the bags. I would like some that are environmentally friendly please. Thank you and all the very best!

    1. Patsy


      Hi Catherine, you are welcome.

      When I was searching for DIY projects and came across this one, I was surprised at how simple the procedure was. Something new for you and your drawing.

      I had mentioned in the article, the bags can be found in kits from your local craft store. They will also sell them separately. It’s not easy finding these bags without having a print on them already, that are sold in stores.

      Thanks for stopping by, and I wish you all the very best as well!

  3. Delanee B


    Screen printing a tote bag seems fairly easy and would be amazing to do with my niece!! I love that you can take one stencil for multiple materials too.

    I love that you can make it your own and do so many different designs. I am going to check out painting leather handbags next, because I have a couple purses that could definitely use a makeover!

    Thank you for sharing!!

    1. Patsy


      Hi Delanee, you are welcome.

      I always thought screen printing anything would be a long task but this video shows how simple it can be. The best part is making it yourself and customizing it.

      Painting leather handbags is a great project and easy to do as well. The video is easy to follow and gives great ideas. I hope you enjoy watching it.

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment!

  4. Maryann Breece


    What a fun and interesting project. I can think of so many different uses for this technique. The amount of money that can be saved by doing this! These bags are so expensive in the stores, and often come with blah designs. Thank You so much for sharing.

    1. Patsy


      Hi Maryann,

      It sure does look like a fun and interesting project, and it doesn’t take long to do this. It’s actually easy and you can take your time.

      I agree with the amount of money saved, and you can decorate it the way you like. The best part is how it’s one of a kind and not one of many out there.

      You are welcome, it was fun to write about his project. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Kahlua Gordin


    I love the idea of personalization!
    There is nothing better than seeing your name – spelt right, or a tag that relates directly to you.
    I really enjoy the idea of being able to do this with my kids too! They will love that.
    Thank you for the post and I look forward to seeing what else you talk about!


    1. Patsy


      Hi Kahlua,

      I agree about personalization, especially having the person’s name painted there. Doing it yourself is a special touch, making it unique and one of a kind.

      It’s great to be able to do this with your kids, and at home! not having to go to a class. If you take a look at the Categories you will find more projects under ‘Videos’.

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment!

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