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Dressing Up Dollar Store Tote Bags

I’m always looking for easy ways to promote my blog Fynes Designs, so when I attended a recent event I thought I’d take along a little swag. What better way to take along swag then in a fun bag?!

Dressing Up Dollar Store Tote Bags 

I found some basic bags at the dollar store and with the help of May Arts ribbon I made them a little flashy with some sweet banners, and flowers. I added ¾” chevron ribbon to the existing handles.

 Dressing Up Dollar Store Tote Bags

The buntings I cut simple triangles from fabric and sewed them directly to the bag and used ric-rac, and burlap cording to ‘hang’ from. Aren’t they fun, the ribbons really brought a plain bag to life!

Dressing Up Dollar Store Tote Bags 

The last bag was a much easier design, but by simply adding a few frayed flowers and a seafoam linen bow it made the basic bag a cute trendy one!

I hope this makes you look at your basic handbags; maybe you can uplift a plain bag too!

 By Virginia Fynes



Other Supplies Used:

  • Handbag- like plain reusable grocery bags
  • Sewing machine
  • Fabric bunting banner
  • Fabric covered buttons
  • Sewing machine


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  1. Robin

    How did you sew those little triangles onto that stiff bag? I don’t think I would even try that! And how is the ribbon attached to the handles?

  2. TracyM #6773

    SUPER CUTE swag bags Virginia – it is a marvellous transformation!!!
    Thank You for the inspiration!!!

  3. Michele (by belle)

    Fantastic way to make the bags stand out!! Great idea!


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