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How to Get Most out of Tote Bags

Feb 23rd 2015 at 4:14 PM

Tote bags are available everywhere, and a lot of businesses give tote bags out as promotional gifts. There are plain canvas tote bags, decorative tote bags, and brand-name tote bags that companies give out to customers.

Here are seven ways to use that pile of tote bags in your closet:

Plain Tote Bags

1. Take tote bags and personalize them for kids!

Kids love arts and crafts, and they also like to carry around their favorite toys with them everywhere they go. If you buy some non-toxic fabric paint, some glitter, some beads, and a few brushes, you can take some of those plain canvas bags and transform them into personalized bags for your kids. Your children will have a blast making the bags their own, and they can put whatever they want in the bags and take them wherever they go. Kids inevitably do get tired of carrying things around, which is another great reason to have individual tote bags - it is much more convenient to carry a few tote bags than armfuls of toys and other things! Bring the bags to amusement parks so the kids can divvy up their souvenirs into their own bags, or bring them to the beach to easily transport beach toys and seashells.

2. Use them as grocery bags!

Some states are debating outlawing plastic bags altogether, meaning shoppers will collect mountains of paper bags, or invest in reusable bags. As long as a canvas tote bag is sturdy, you can easily bring them into the grocery store and use them instead of plastic or paper bags. Plastic and paper bags both rip easily, and a good tote bag will not, meaning you can fit more items into each bag, and have less to carry out to your car.

3. Turn them into gifts!

Like any other canvas, a plain tote bag can be painted. You can also using a sewing machine to sew letters onto the canvas, or even iron on patches. If you're a painter, you can paint designs or images on a canvas tote bag, and gift it to someone as a purse or a diaper bag. You can sew on extra pockets and put in dividers to make the bag more customized to whatever purpose you're gifting it as. It's always special to receive a handmade, personalized gift.

Decorative Tote Bags

1. Use them as a purse!

Many decorative tote bags are very cute, and can easily be used as a purse. Most have pockets, which make them convenient to store all your personal items, and they're large enough to be able to hold your phone, tablet, and even a book, if you like to carry those around.

2. Use them instead of gift bags!

One of the great thing about decorative bags of any kind is that they look unique. Instead of buying a paper gift bag, use a decorative tote. You can stick tissue paper in it just like a regular gift bag, and suddenly you have two gifts to give in one package!

3. Use them as space organizers!

Most of us have a little extra clutter around our homes, and tote bags are a convenient and visually appealing way to store the little things that don't really belong anywhere else. If the tote bag is free-standing, you can keep odds and ends in it and set it in your closet or under a side table for easy access.

If you have a lot of scarves, belts, hats, and gloves, keep them all in one place by keeping them in a tote bag, and hanging the tote bag from a hanger. You'll always know where to find those little things that are hard to keep track of. You can also store flats, flip-flops, or sneakers.

Designer Tote Bags

People usually receive fantastic tote bags as promotional items, and wonder what to do with them. Some of them are incredible, and can be used as a gift, as a gift bag, or to organize the little things you bought from the company that don't quite fit anywhere else, much like a decorative tote bag. You can also bring the tote bag back to the store every time you shop there, and save on bags.

As these types of bags are usually larger, you can use them in place of a laptop bag, or, if you're a student, use them to carry around textbooks and notebooks instead of a backpack for a more chic look.

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