I bought a few of these great canvas totes from Pick Your Plum (now out of business) a few months ago…they are cute on their own, but even more perfect to personalize!
I knew that I wanted to make them into Christmas gifts for my sisters (spoiler alert, Margaret and Ronnie! #lifeofablogger), but the hard part was deciding what to put on them. In fact, I’m still trying to think of what to do with Ronnie’s…but my sister Margaret has been a book lover for her entire life, so I knew I wanted to find a fun book quote to put on her bag. When I came across the Stephen King quote, “Books are a uniquely portable magic,” I knew it would be perfect to put on a tote bag for Margaret! So I set to work designing the lettering for the bag.
I designed the lettering in Photoshop, then brought it into Silhouette Studio to trace and make into a cut file. I cut it out of black heat transfer vinyl (after mirroring the image, of course), then applied it to the tote bag.
I absolutely love how it turned out – it looks so professional! I know Margaret will love it.
Now, I have a few freebies to share with you, lovely readers! Not only am I including the cut file in .studio and SVG format, I also transformed the design into a free printable (both B&W and chalkboard) – so all you have to do is print and throw into a pretty frame as the perfect gift for a book lover!
These designs are for personal use only. I would love for you to follow me via Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, or Twitter in exchange for downloading the cut file or free printable. It’s certainly not required, but much appreciated!
Black and White jpg | Black and White PDF
(B&W printables are sized 5×5″)
Chalkboard jpg | Chalkboard PDF
(Chalkboard printables are sized 8×10″)
The CUT FILES (in .studio and SVG format) are available for free inside my Silhouette Library. Sign up below for instant access:
Merry Christmas, Margaret! (And try to act surprised when you open up this gift on Christmas morning…)
Well folks, ’tis the season for making gifts…and you’re in luck, because the Silhouette Challenge this month is all about gifts! Click through these great projects for some great ideas on gifts to make with your Silhouette.
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Great job Meredith! Thanks for the cut file, and I’m completely impressed that you created in photoshop and transferred to silhouette. I’ll have to do some research on that…or you could write a post. haha
Awesome tote. I love it. Thanks for the free printable.
Now I just need a Silhouette…
Love that Stephen King quote! I have to agree about the magic. This is one gift I’d love to get, too! I’m sure your family will love these bags!
LOVE this and it’s so cool you used a quote from Stephen King!
This is awesome, Meredith! I am a lover of both books AND totes! I may need to gift one to myself this Christmas ;)
The Tote looks Very generous of you to share the File & printables :) Thank you!
Oops typo Above. I meant to say “The tote looks Fabulous!”
Your design is amazing! I’m sure your family will love their bags!
Oh my daughter would love this! I’m feeling a Christmas gift coming on. Thanks for sharing. Have a great week!
The tote bag is awesome, and I absolutely love the printable. I’m pinning!
Meredith, I love these!!!! So cute!
This is fabulous! Absolutely fabulous! I love the canvas tote you used and especially the quote. :)
ahhhhhhhhhh!!!! My thought upon seeing the first picture was “What??? I want one of those!” only to scroll down and read the rest of the post– I am so touched and also excited that you thought of such a cool thing for me! I promise to act surprised :) what a wonderful idea! love you sister!
That came out AMAZING. I seriously need a Silhouette.
um, yeah, i totally want this!!
thanks for silhouette, It’s beautiful !
Now that’s impressive!
Any book lover would love to get this as a present.
Very generous of you to share the file.
Totally love the quote!
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Let me say that again.
Hmm.. I’m not sure I’m doing this right. I’m trying to convey how awesome these are and how I want one and OMG must have this can’t get enough so perfect the colors and…..
Is about all that’s coming out. ;)
Seriously. Awesome. Project.
Hi, this is an absolutely beautiful design that I would love to use for my great-granddaughter who is an avid reader…1st grader reading on a 3rd grade level. I’m wondering if it is possible to get it as a SVG? I have a Cricut Maker. Thank you so much and keep up the beautiful work.
Hi Brenda, thanks so much, I’m glad you like it! Yes, this design is available as an SVG inside my Silhouette Library. You can sign up for free access here. I will update the post to reflect that!
I would love to recreate your Book Lovers tote bag. I did get a password and accessed your library but I cannot find the cut file. I searched back through your projects (a lot of them! How generous!!) but I cannot find it. Is this still available?
Yes, it’s in there! This is an old post though, so I just double checked and it’s actually the 9th from the bottom of the page inside the library. The .studio & SVG files are both there :-)