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Guide to Custom Designing Tote Bags: Screen Printing, Heat Transfer & Embroidery

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Personalized tote bags are perfect for promoting a business, using as party favors for a special event and an assortment of other purposes. With our custom screen printing services, it has never been easier to add words, photos or logos to promotional tote bags. You can also personalize your bags at home with different methods of DIY heat transfer printing, hand-stitched embroidery and embroidered heat transfer patches. Let's break down each method for creating printed bags so you can choose the right match for your personalized tote bags. 

Custom Screen Printing

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Screen printing transfers a design onto fabric using up to five colors. First, you create and submit an image of the artwork that you would like displayed on your personalized tote bags. For example, logos are popular for companies looking to create promotional tote bags to hand out at trade shows and events as a way to spread brand awareness for their business. We make it easy to create printed tote bags with low wholesale prices and a simple screen printing service; all you need to do is send us your design and we’ll create a virtual sample to send to you for approval or alterations. Upon approval, the design will be arranged using separate screens for each color.

The Process of Screen Printing

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A technical process creates an elaborate stencil that will be used to apply the color to the product during the pressing stage. Each of the screens is arranged to create the final image and ink is applied to the stencil to press onto the fabric, one color at a time. Our screen printing services allow for printing on one or both sides of the bag, and printing is charged per side. As always, the more printed bags that you order on, the more money you save.

Custom Heat Transfer Printing – What is Heat Transfer?

Another option for creating personalized tote bags is heat transfer printing. Heat transfer printing methods apply custom designs to fabric through a process involving heat and pressure. There are two main types of heat transfer printing: Vinyl Heat Transfer, and Digital Print Heat Transfer.

Vinyl Heat Transfer: How it Works

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The process of vinyl heat transfer involves cutting a desired shape or design from a sheet or roll of colored vinyl. The color of the vinyl will ultimately be the color of the design. This initial cut-out is then cleaned up using “pick tools” to get rid of any excess vinyl so that only the clear-cut shape of your design is left. You can learn about different ways to cut your design here. If you plan to use the vinyl heat transfer method on a larger scale (in bulk) you may want to look into vinyl cutting machines. These machines cut vinyl sheets neatly and cleanly so that you don't have to take the time to go back in and clean up your vinyl design by hand. This is a great investment for at home DIY artists, making vinyl heat transfer a much easier and streamlined process that allows you to create all types of designs and turn your hobby into a business you can run from home! Many BagzDepot customers shop with us in bulk and decorate their totes at home to then sell on Etsy. 

Once your vinyl design is finalized, it will be placed on the item being printed. This will work with virtually any type of fabric you want to use. Finally, a heat press (a household iron or heat press machine) is used to transfer each individual vinyl color in the design onto the product being printed.

If you want to go the DIY route, you can do heat transfer vinyl at home with an iron by following along with this helpful DIY tutorial. If you’re really serious, you can invest in a heat press for heat transfer vinyl. Here’s a handy how-to guide on how to use a heat press with heat transfer vinyl. If you’re not sure whether you want to go the iron or heat press route, here’s an informative video that covers everything you need to know about heat presses versus home irons. You can also buy vinyl heat transfers on Etsy like these fun glitter vinyl iron-on appliques and apply them yourself at home! 

Note: if you’re cutting your own vinyl and performing this process from start to finish at home, one disadvantage to consider is that this process can be time consuming. Each piece of vinyl in the design needs to be cut precisely, so depending on the size and complexity of your design "weeding" and cleaning up the vinyl so you end up with clean lines and edges can take time. Another disadvantage to vinyl heat transfer is that you are somewhat limited in terms of color variety - it’s certainly possible to use more than one color, but you will need to layer solid colors to achieve a multi-color design, adding time to the process.

Digital Print Heat Transfer

Digital transfer printing is, unsurprisingly, an almost entirely digital process. A design is either scanned or created on a computer, and then printed using a solvent, eco-solvent, or latex printer (a desktop printer will not do the job) which creates a custom transfer. This transfer is typically made of a printed polyurethane (PU) film. The transfer is then applied to the desired product using a heat press. Digital printing works optimally with most tote bag fabrics, making it a great option for designing and creating unique printed bags. 

Pros & Cons of Digital Print Heat Transfer

One great benefit to digital transfer printing is its ability to render photo-realistic quality images with unlimited color options. So, if you’re looking to print a photo or a particularly detailed image/logo, this is probably the best option for you. It’s also very easy to digitally alter the dimensions or colors of your image if you need to make changes as you go, as opposed to the process of vinyl heat transfer printing which only allows you one chance to get your image right before you transfer it.

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A disadvantage to digital print heat transfer is that you can’t print these transfers on just any material or fabric, typically they adhere best to polyester, cotton, canvas, and poly/cotton blends, so you’ll want to stick to these fabrics when you're digital heat transfer printing. BagzDepot offers them all at affordable wholesale prices, to the public! 

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Embroidered Iron-On Heat Transfer Patches & Hand Stitched Embroidery

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Embroidery heat transfer patches are a great option for customizing your bags - it's budget friendly and you can do this entirely on your own at home. Simply pick out your patches online or in a store near you, and iron them right onto your tote bags. You can also make custom embroidered patches on your own. There are plenty of awesome embroidered patches available on, like these fun diamond patches or these animal themed patches

Hand-stitched embroidery is another fun, creative option for personalizing your tote bags. Whether you’re a beginner or you’re experienced with embroidery, our blank tote bags are a wonderful canvas for you to get creative and make your own masterpiece! You can find inspiration and tutorials on our Pinterest board for making your own custom embroidery designs. 

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Shop BagzDepot for Blank Canvas Tote Bags & Create Your Masterpiece! 

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Have fun with screen printing, heat transfer, and embroidery, whether it’s to design promotional tote bags or to enjoy the fun of crafting your own custom personalized bags at home. Shop wholesale totes in bulk at and be sure to use our custom screen print services to promote your brand or business!

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Written by Bagz Depot — August 09, 2018

Benefits of Canvas Bags

With features like zippers, pockets, and a sturdy design, canvas tote bags are the solution to all your carrying needs. Of course, not all canvas totes are created equal, and certain bags offer different perks. Here are five examples that highlight the various benefits of canvas tote bags:

Heavy Canvas Tote Bag with Side Pocket

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Taking the functionality of a heavy duty canvas tote bag to the next level with the addition of a handy side pocket, this bag is perfect for a day at the beach. A canvas tote bag with pockets gives you the flexibility to store smaller items that you regularly use, like your car keys or phone, and keep them conveniently (and safely!) within reach instead of buried in the depths of your bag. Start by choosing blank canvas tote bags with a colorful trim and transform them into personalized canvas tote bags by adding words and logos. Purchase your canvas totes wholesale to save money on bulk canvas tote bag orders.

Heavy Weight Large Fancy Canvas Tote Bag w/ Zippered Pocket

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Choose a tote bag with zipper if you're looking for some extra piece of mind that your belongings will be secure while you're on the go. Big tote bags are ideal for hauling an assortment of items from place to place, and the addition of a zippered pocket keeps everything contained. Available in several colors, these large canvas tote bags can be used for any errand. Order heavy duty canvas tote bags wholesale to save money on bulk orders. The more you buy, the more you save!

Heavy Canvas Deluxe Tote Bag: Medium Size Boat Tote

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If you're looking for a less bulky option, medium canvas tote bags are a great alternative to large tote bags.  With an interior zippered pocket, this sturdy canvas tote is perfect for someone who needs a manageable yet functional sized bag to carry items. Also known as a boat tote, this white bag offers a burst of color through vibrant handles and accents. Heavy duty tote bags for teachers are a great way to show your favorite teacher that you care. Purchase wholesale canvas bags to get discounts on large orders.

Strong Zippered Top Canvas Tote Bag with Interior Zipper

canvas tote bag with zippered closure

Tote bags with zipper closure are a smart way to safely haul your goods around town. Use a canvas tote bag with zipper to keep your belongings from spilling. You'll be thankful you chose a canvas bag with zipper and handle as you hustle from point A to point B. Choose one of the colored options of blank canvas tote bags and personalize it with our screen printing services. Want to save money? Order zippered canvas tote bags wholesale to receive a discount on bulk orders.

12 oz. Heavy Canvas Deluxe Extra Large Boat Tote Bag

extra large heavy weight canvas boat tote bag

When neither a medium tote bag or a large canvas tote will do, choose extra large canvas tote bags instead. These jumbo canvas tote bags offer the most space for carrying items. Whether you're looking for a canvas beach bag to fill with all the necessities of a day at the beach or a large shopper bag to carry all your groceries in one trip, these extra large heavy duty canvas tote bags are the answer you've been looking for. Known as a boat tote for it's simple yet colorful design, this large canvas tote is available in a variety of colors and can be personalized too. Don't forget to order your canvas tote bag wholesale to get a great deal on bags in bulk! 

Browse & shop for amazing wholesale prices on canvas tote bags. Use our screen printing services to create a customized order of tote bags to promote your business, organization, brand, or event! 

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Written by Bagz Depot — July 19, 2018

6 Unconventional (but Awesome) Uses for Tote Bags

unconventional and awesome uses for tote bags

Everyone knows that tote bags make everyday tasks, like picking up the groceries, easier but there is a wide array of uses for tote bags that you may not have thought of before. Here are six uses for your standard tote bag that can help keep your life organized with a bit of originality.

Freshen Up Your Clothes

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If you've ever taken a seldom worn article of clothing out of the closet, you may have noticed the musty smell that it acquired during its year(s) of not being used. Avoid this aroma by filling a reusable tote with scented potpourri or essential oils and hanging it in the closet. It will keep your clothes smelling fresh between wears.

    DIY First Aid Kit

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    Parents of small children will likely agree that having a first aid kit nearby is practically a necessity. Between skinned knees, bug bites and sunburns, there's a lot that can go wrong on an outing with little ones. Fill a canvas bag with all the first aid essentials, like band aids, aloe, and allergy medicine, and store it in your car for road trips. Since everything is already confined to a tote bag, it's easy to take with you on a hike or to the beach too.

      Store Arts & Crafts

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      Use multiple tote bags to organize and store your every-growing collection of art supplies. Label the bags as a DIY art project so you can easily find what you're looking for without searching through the bags. If you plan to store the bags on a shelf, gusseted tote bags make it simple by reinforcing the bottom of the bag and making it easier for them to stand upright.

      Use As Laundry Bags When Traveling 



      Nobody wants dirty laundry and shoes mingling with clean clothes in their suitcase. Bring several empty tote bags or these durable cotton laundry bags along for the trip and use them to hold already worn clothing as well as keep your shoes (and all the germs and dirt that they've picked up along the way) separate from the rest of your belongings.

      Make Over-Sized Christmas Stockings

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        Traditional Christmas stockings limit the size of the goodies that you can stuff inside of them. Upgrade to an over-sized Christmas tote bag to take the holidays to the next level. As if bigger and better gifts aren't exciting enough, you can also have fun by decorating these holiday tote bags as a family. Get out the glitter, paint and other crafts to really personalize the bags.

        Plant Tomatoes & Flowers

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          Cotton and canvas tote bags can be used as hanging planters for a variety of garden ideas. Fill the bag with dirt and cut a slit in the bottom of the bag to insert the plant by the roots. Hang the bag in a sunny location using sturdy hooks (it can get heavy) and be sure to water it regularly. Before long, you'll have a functional, affordable addition to your garden.



            As you can see, tote bags truly are a multi-functional item and there's much more to them than meets the eye. We hope these ideas will inspire you to find new uses for your tote bags too! As always, follow along with us on Pinterest for inspiration and fun DIY ideas, and give us a follow on social media: 

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            Written by Bagz Depot — June 20, 2018

            A Tote Bag for Every Event

            Personalized tote bags make a perfect party favor or gift for a variety of special events. From weddings and birthdays to graduation and sorority gear, you can combine our screen printing services with reusable gift bags to create personalized canvas tote bags that make a statement and show personality. Whether you choose cotton tote bags or jute burlap tote bags, everyone can appreciate the multi-functionality and affordability of these cheap gift bags. Here are five types of events that offer great ways to use personalized tote bags:


            • Wedding Favors - Show your guests your appreciation for being a part of your special day by gifting personalized canvas tote bags as a party favor. Customize your order of reusable gift bags to commemorate the big day - you can include the names of the bride and groom, the wedding date, location, and your own personal designs for a thoughtful and truly unique party favor.
            • Bridesmaid Gifts – If you're looking for a way to show your gratitude to your amazing bridesmaids, consider using our screen printing services to customize cotton tote bags. Every time your bridesmaids use the bag, they'll remember the special bond that you share (like these personalized bridesmaid gift bags)
            • Bridal Shower Favors – Mini gift bags are perfect for decorating place settings at a bridal shower. Fill these adorable cheap gift bags with candy or other trinkets for a cute, personalized party favor.
            • Explore creative ideas and find inspiration by visiting our Pinterest Events Board! 

            Kids' Birthdays

            • Party Favors – Surprise your party guests with personalized tote bags filled with goodies. Mini gift bags are perfect for filling with candy, toys and other items for children's parties.
            • Scavenger Hunts – Set up a scavenger hunt for kids to find items and provide them with cotton tote bags to store their collection.
            • Wrapping – Use reusable gift bags to disguise another gift for a unique two-in-one option. Personalized tote bags complete with custom screen printing make a special way to wrap a present and give the child a one-of-a-kind bag to use for future activities, like sports practice or sleepovers.
            • Check out fun, kid-friendly ideas for projects and events: DIY Tote Crafts for Kids!


            • Class Gifts – Commemorate this major milestone for graduates with personalized tote bags bearing your school's name and logo. It's a great way to capture the memories and offers students something they can really use in the next chapter of their lives.
            • Grad Party Favors – Use mini gift bags to fill with small party favors, like candy, to hand out at graduation parties to all attendees.

            College Sororities

            • Welcome Gift – Each fall ushers in a new group of pledges eager to join the Greek life. What better way to welcome newcomers and make them feel at home than with personalized tote bags bearing the name of the sorority? At bargain wholesale prices, sorority branded totes are the perfect yearly tradition. You can switch up your design each fall so that when the big graduation day comes, you’ll have a collection of personalized totes to remember all of the wonderful times you had with your sorority sisters.
            • Special Events – Spread the word about your sorority by handing out cotton tote bags with custom screen printing of your sorority's name at special events around campus. Have a school or sorority event coming up? Customized totes are a great way to get the word out.

            Company Parties

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            • Holiday Gifts – Wholesale tote bags are a great investment for a company-wide gift. Not only do they cost less the more you buy, but they're also free advertising for your business whenever an employee uses one in public.
            • Retirement Gifts – Use one of these mini gift bags to wrap a retirement gift for a longtime employee. Personalized tote bags are a great way to honor years of devotion to your business and are great for holding gift cards and other tokens of your appreciation.

            Personalized canvas tote bags can be used for lots of special occasions and are an affordable way to show you care. Love these ideas? Purchase wholesale tote bags for any of the above uses at and save money on bulk orders. Then, use our custom screen printing services to make the bags really stand out from the crowd.

            Written by Bagz Depot — May 11, 2018

            6 Appealing Reasons to Buy an Organic Cotton Tote Bag



            Did you know why the Cotton Tote bags are all the rage right now?

            However, why are these cross body bags so much in demand?

            If you're looking to make an investment, here are a few reasons why these will be a good idea:

            They are definitely fashionable accessories

            • Tote bags are just as fashionable as they are functional. To wit, you have a wide array of quality cotton Tote bags available to you that will be able to provide you with a stylish look and give make for an awesome everyday handbag. If you want, you can easily get a designer Tote bag with a designer label. However, you can also get one from shoe shops, boutiques, and accessory stores.

            Their large size

            • This is definitely one of the most important reasons why you need a Tote bag of any kind.
            • Tote bags are big and very spacious. This means that they are rooms and have the ability to hold quite a lot of stuff. It will be pretty easy for you to fit everything that you will need for a full day of work or play into a Tote bag, and you will definitely still have enough space to accommodate even more. 

            They provide versatility

            • You can easily find more than a thousand uses for a Tote bag. You can use one as a shopping bag, a gym bag, a beach bag a work bag, a school bag, and much more. Their versatility is definitely an advantage, and you can rest assured that regardless of what you use them for, they are able to work pretty well.
            • Also, they work with a wide array of ensembles; official wear, and even tennis shoes and casual attire.

            You get different variations

            • There are quite a lot of variations of the Tote bag, each of which is able to effectively meet your needs. Cotton Tote bags are definitely the most popular, and this is because they are the most comfortable and effortless of the different variations available.

            Their durability is unmatched

            • Tote bags are incredibly durable, and they are able to last over a long period of time. As a matter of fact, with proper care, a cotton Tote bag will definitely be able to last you a couple of years.

            They are re-usable.

            • No matter the style or color, it is definitely possible for you to reuse a cotton Tote bag. They can be easily recycled, and you can make use of them time and again. Also, due to the fact that Tote bags weren't specifically made for a specific purpose, you can easily use them for whatever it is you decide.

            Written by Bagz Depot — March 29, 2018

            Ten Great New Uses for Canvas Tote Bags

            Available in an assortment of sizes and colors, canvas tote bags are the perfect solution for all your carrying needs. Since tote bags can be used for so many different things, they're the ideal product for businesses to hand out at trade shows, conventions and special events as a promotional item. Plus, tote bags can easily be customized with names, dates, events and images to make them stand out from the crowd.

            The ways you can use tote bags are practically limitless, but we've narrowed the list to the top ten best uses for canvas tote bags. Here are our suggestions:

            1. Grocery Bags

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            As more and more cities are banning the use of plastic disposable bags in an effort to help protect the environment, the use of tote bags for groceries is becoming more popular. Even if you live in an area that hasn't banned plastic bags yet, you may want to get a jump on this trend and do your part to save the planet by bringing reusable tote bags on all your grocery store trips.

            2. Beach Bags


            Whether you're heading to the beach or the lake, tote bags are perfect for carrying all your essentials for a day of fun in the sun. Fill your heavy-duty canvas tote bags with towels, sunscreen, toys, books, snacks and anything else you might need for a day of relaxation. To keep a picnic fresh, these large canvas cooler tote bags are a great option. 

            3. Overnight Bags

            If you're going out of town for just a night or two, it may not make sense to pack a full suitcase. Tote bags are the perfect size for carrying the things you need for a quick getaway. Pack a change of clothes, a toiletry bag and other overnight items in a handy tote bag and you're set to hit the road. For the perfect weekender bag, shop these roomy zip-top tote bags

            4. Gym Bags

            exercise gym weights

            Who needs a fancy gym bag when you could use a tote bag instead? Toss your sneakers, workout gear and a water bottle into a tote bag and head straight to the gym.

            5. Gift Bags

            gift wrapping

            Skip the wrapping paper and use a colorful tote bag to conceal your gift instead. Not only is it a creative way to wrap a present but it's really like getting two gifts in one as the recipient can use the tote bag too. has a ton of options available so you can pick the perfect shape and size, then use our screen print services to customize your order!

            6. Laundry Bags


            Whether you have to haul your laundry across the hall to the washing machine or across town to the laundromat, canvas tote bags are an easy way to move a pile of laundry from point A to point B. Plus, they're more discreet than the mesh laundry bags so you can avoid showing your undergarments to the rest of the world. These large basket style canvas tote bags are a great laundry bag option. 

            7. Activity Bags

            Planning a road trip with a child can be a challenge for parents but the experience can become more pleasant with a little preparation. Use a canvas tote bag to hold an assortment of games, books and other car friendly activities. The tote bag will help keep everything organized and will limit the amount of options to one bag to keep the back-seat clutter to a minimum. 

            8. Diaper Bags


            Babies need a lot of stuff to get through the day, but an official diaper bag isn't necessary if you have a tote bag handy. Canvas tote bags have plenty of room to hold all your baby's gear, from diapers and wipes to snacks and a change of clothes. Keep your diaper tote organized by choosing a bag with compartments, like this handy on-the-go tote

            9. Craft Bags


            From knitting to painting, arts and crafts are best when they're easily transportable. Take your project with you by storing all your supplies in a convenient canvas tote bag. There's no need to be confined to your home when there's a whole world of inspiration waiting for you! *Sidenote: if you’re the crafty type, be sure to go check out BagzDepot’s Pinterest account for tons of low-budget, fun and creative DIY craft ideas for totes of all types! 

            10. Party Favors

            The practicality and usefulness of tote bags make them the perfect party favor to weddings, showers, birthdays and all kinds of special occasions. Your guests will appreciate your thoughtfulness of getting them a gift that they can reuse, like this great canvas wine bag

            As you can see, canvas tote bags can be used in so many ways. Find a tote bag for every occasion at -- we offer the best quality products at wholesale prices (to the public!) - what’s not to love? Also, be sure to check out BagzDepot on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and Pinterest!


            Written by Bagz Depot — March 28, 2018

            10 Ways to Use Reusable Tote Bags


            10 Uses for Reusable Tote Bags You Wish You Thought of Earlier

            Reusable tote bags are sturdy, practical, and remarkably versatile. Although they make excellent grocery bags, they have a number of other uses that can make your life even easier. From traveling applications to thoughtful gifts, here are 10 ways to use reusable tote bags that’ll change your life.

            1.Thoughtful Gifts

            Tearing through wrapping paper is a time-honored tradition for any celebration. Wrapping a thoughtful gift in a reusable tote bag can accomplish the same function without wasting paper or sacrificing any of the thrill. For example, jute burlap wine bags make stylish and practical gifts, and same goes for colorful cotton tote goodie bags. The only limit is your imagination, so go wild! Use’s custom screen printing service to create personalized and beautiful bags for all of your gift-giving needs.

            2. Gym Bags

            Drawstring backpacks are the perfect companion for your gym trips. There's more than enough room for a change of clothes, water bottles, pre- or post-workout snacks, and your phone -- plus, they’re washable! 

            3. Picnics, Beach Visits, and Day Trips

            Heavy canvas totes carry your snacks, blankets, sunscreen, and whatever else you need to have fun in the sun. You can also keep cool with cooler bags to keep your drinks and snacks chilled -- check out our selection at!

            4. Airplane Carry-On

            Tote bags are simple and stylish enough so you can fly fashionably, all while avoiding overly complicated hang-ups at baggage check. They can accommodate a variety of in-air accessories, from laptops and snacks to comfy neck pillows, so your trip is as comfy as it is convenient.

            5. New Mom’s Best Friend

            Reusable tote bags can hold everything new moms need to make it through their day. Totes can keep diapers, wipes, bottles, and more well organized and within reach when needed. They’re also washable, which is a big deal considering the less, well, glamorous parts of child-rearing.

            6. Affordable and effective marketing

            Getting your business's name out there doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg -- not when reusable tote bags offer such an appealing (not to mention budget-friendly) solution. Spread your brand by sending us your logo or design and get custom screen printed tote bags from

            7. Shopping Trip Distraction Kit

            When you're in a hurry and can't afford to wander down every aisle at your kids’ request, a reusable tote bag stuffed with distractions can get you in and out in a jiffy. Stuff it with snacks, toys, or whatever else will allow you to shop in peace -- and it serves as an extra backup shopping bag, too.

            8. An Eco-Friendly Statement

            Finally -- the only answer you'll ever need to the “paper or plastic” question. Reusable tote bags secure your groceries while reducing your carbon footprint at the same time for an environmentally sound statement. They can be fashion-forward too when you get yours custom-printed, so others can follow your lead.

            9. Dedicated Book Bags

            If you've never been able to keep your library books all in one place, it's not too late. Instead of scattering them all across the house, organize them in a gusseted tote bag so everything’s nice and tidy for the next trip.

            10. Laundry Bag 

            Avoid having to pick up loose pieces of clothing before heading to the laundromat with a deluxe reusable tote bag. Handles and sturdy material makes lugging laundry loads an easy carry every time.

            How do you use YOUR reusable tote bags? Share your ideas with us, and check out even MORE ideas at our Pinterest page!

            Written by Bagz Depot — February 27, 2018

            Practical, Personal DIY Tote Bag Ideas

            “If you want something done right, do it yourself.” We’ve all muttered that famous saying before fixing a leaky faucet, or rushing to soccer practice with a carful of kids when the other parents drop the ball. But although it has practical applications, that phrase applies to creative pursuits, too. Whether you’re a blushing bride with a laundry list of things to do or a Mommy with Hobbies, DIY tote bags might be just what you’ve been looking for to add a little extra spice and convenience to your life!

            Bags for Brides

            As the bride-to-be, you want the Big Day to be anything but ordinary - from the hors d’oeuvres to your bridesmaid gifts. But forget the initials-emblazoned jewelry - if you want to give your bridesmaids something you know they’ll use more than once, you have to think outside the box … and think inside the bag instead! Personalized tote bags make practical gifts that are far more useful than the typical souvenirs and knickknacks.

            Personalize each bag by printing a nickname, an inside joke, or a favorite quote onto each bridesmaid’s bag that represents the strong bond you have with them. You can even design them to match the theme of your wedding, making for a completely memorable keepsake.

            Need a few ideas? Check out our Wedding, Holiday, & Events Pinterest board for an array of adorable/inspiring/amusing examples!

            Come to think of it, a personalized tote might also make a nice basket alternative for your flower girl, which brings us to our next topic...

            Bags for Kids

            You know how creative your kids can get - there’s oodles of enjoyment to be had from everyday objects (a simple cardboard box has literally thousands of uses!). Even tote bags can fuel your little ones’ imaginations - that is, when you provide them with the right materials and some good, old-fashioned adult supervision. Give your tykes a little paint and some smooth stones and let them create tic-tac-tote boards for playtime on the go. They’ll go tote-ally wild for ‘em!

            Check out these 7 DIY tote crafts for your creative kids!

            Bags for Crafty Folks

            Wine and painting parties are so 2015. All new mediums are needed to express your overflowing creativity! One underappreciated medium that is becoming an increasingly common canvas for crafty types looking to expand their artistic horizons is none other than - yep, you guessed it - the tote bag! At the end of your project, you’ll have a piece of art you can take with you to the store (instead of it collecting dust on the floor of your den). But why stop at using markers and paints? You can sew cloth and other materials onto your tote bag for a three-dimensional, multi-medium effect, or go old-school Lisa Frank style with stickers and gobs of glitter for a truly technicolor creation.

            Believe us - one compliment while waiting in line at the supermarket is all it’ll take. You’ll feel a profound sense of satisfaction when you reply “‘Who made this?’ Why, I did!” And the best part is it came from your own noggin.

            Have you come across an inspiring tote bag idea? Or have you made your own creation that has drawn the admiration from everyone you know? Share it on Facebook and make sure to tag our Facebook page, tweet us at @BagzDepot, or tag us on Instagram (@BagzDepot). For more fun and inspiring DIY ideas, visit our Pinterest page: @BagzDepot.

            Written by Bagz Depot — January 16, 2018

            Branding on a Budget - Reusable Bags and Totes

            marketing your business and brand with tote bags

            The holiday season is the busiest time of the year for most businesses, but it can be tough to stand out. Catching (and keeping) the attentions of consumers as they hustle and bustle about is difficult enough WITHOUT the holiday craze… it's truly a year-round challenge to keep your brand at top-of-mind without breaking your own marketing budget. Well, allow us to present a solution that keeps you on-budget this bustling holiday season AND gives your brand a boost! Reusable promotional tote bags have immense marketing value due to the following features:

            • Year-round consumer appeal
            • Practical, everyday use
            • Eco-friendly value
            • Business budget-friendliness

            Although many people shop with reusable bags and totes nowadays, one important question remains: How do you get customers to choose YOURS to store their groceries and goods over the others? We’ve outlined several ways you can make reusable bags a strong (and budget-friendly!) part of your year-round marketing efforts.

            Make Your Promotional Tote Bags Irresistibly Good-Looking

            Got a flashy logo or memorable business slogan? Emblazon your bags with custom lettering and graphics to build your brand! Business logo designs and inspiration can take the form of catchy slogans and eye-catching graphics, which lets your business take center stage in the customer’s mind.

            BagzDepot allows you to mix and match the colors of your reusable totes without charging you extra, providing your customers with options to express their personality, all while boosting your brand’s visibility!

            Choose to Reuse (and Reap the Branding Benefits)

            Traditionally, print ads or other marketing materials like stickers and flyers can get your business’s message across… but why not put your clever marketing messages on items your customers will use every day? Traditional print ads and stickers are applied to static locations, making them only effective in the areas they’re viewed. However, reusable bags and totes can allow your brand to accompany your customers wherever they go. What’s more, the effectiveness of reusable bags is also backed up by research: a 2012 study reported that the ROI of reusable bags was estimated to be higher than that of radio/outdoor ads.

            Reusable bags are also eco-friendly! Consumers are especially environmentally conscious these days. With so many plastic bag bans occurring across the U.S., consumers often choose the reusable route for their bagging needs to make the smallest impact on the environment.

            Create Loyal Customers and Keep Costs Low

            It’s no secret that plenty of businesses pay big bucks on holiday marketing campaigns. But you don’t have to spend a fortune to achieve seasonal success. Buying reusable tote bags wholesale nets you big branding potential - and even BIGGER savings! Depending on the material you choose you can find options for under $2 a bag, allowing you to create a cost-effective campaign that can yield results far in the future. And the best part? The price per bag goes down the more you order, saving your business even MORE money in the long run.

            Got a great idea for your reusable bag branding? Or need a few pointers on where to start? Visit today. 

            Written by Bagz Depot — December 11, 2017

            Three Simple reasons to buy Organic Reusable Tote Bags



            Obviously, there are GREAT reasons to avoid plastic bags. For example, you may already know how they cause wildlife-destroying pollution, needless oil consumption, and endocrine-disrupting chemicals. They also AREN’T necessary. It’s crazy to think how much society depends on them today: after all, plastic produce bags only came into being in the 1960s; plastic grocery bags, a decade later.


            So here are three very simple reasons to use re-usable bags, and specifically organic ones!


            1. Plastic bags take anywhere from 15 to 1000 years to decompose.
            2. Only 1 percent of plastic bags are recycled in the United States. The rest end up in landfills, the ocean, or some other place in the environment. There’s actually a giant garbage heap made mostly of plastic floating in the ocean that’s twice the size of the United States.
            3. Organic cotton is grown without pesticides and is typically certified using global standards while traditional Cotton production involves a raw, natural fiber, but requires more chemicals than any other crop.


            Have you started using reusable bags yet? Maybe now is a good time to start. Click here for organic bags under $3….who said organic living was expensive? Here’s my favorite one, it’s also less than $3.  It’s a no-brainer!


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            Written by Aimee Tariq — November 20, 2017


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