While tote bags have a way of multiplying until your cupboards are full of them, they really are so useful that it’s good to have plenty to choose from. If yours could do with a refresh, here’s some shopping picks from kawaii brands and cute artists, plus some fun craft projects to make.
I’m in love with this new Rilakkuma tote at Very Goods (JP) that includes a little pocket for the removable plushie so you can bring him along with you! It even has a little safety pin attachment to make sure he doesn’t get lost.
This Pusheen tote bag has a similar concept but will fold up flat for traveling. It has some great features too including a zip top, front pocket and long handles. Get it from The Pusheen Shop (US) or stockists worldwide.
The bags at tokidoki (US) can get quite pricey but they also have some affordable eco bags with all over patterns themed around food, sakura, national parks and sports. They’re bigger than they look too at 16″ x 18″.
For a useful everyday bag, boygirlparty (US) has created some convertible bags that you can change quickly from a tote bag into a backpack. There’s room for all your stuff, plus a zip top and front pocket. It’s a tough choice between a night owl and a cat wearing a cat backpack!
I’m always a fan of putting a kawaii face on things and these embroidered tote bags by Jess Moorhouse (UK) are sure to make anyone smile. There’s 7 colours to choose from with both brights and pastels.
Join these cute bears on a day trip with this large canvas tote bag by FUJIBEE (US). You’ll be able to get everything you need stashed inside and it comes with a free luggage tag too.
On to DIYs and Sanrio show you how to make fluffy tote bags that look like Hello Kitty & Pompompurin. There’s no sewing and you could also make other characters in the same way.
The Spoonflower blog has quite a few free tote bag tutorials for both beginners and more experienced sewists – and a massive range of fabric to choose from by indie designers. This Fold-Up Tote Bag looks very simple and folds up into the pocket on the front.
Embroidery is a lovely way to customise a plain tote bag and Alisa Handicrafts (CN) has some beautiful embroidery kits that include a lined tote bag and a choice of floral patterns. If you already have a spare bag, you could use any pattern – see our recent embroidery posts for some ideas for all skill levels.
Marceline is the co-founder and editor of Super Cute Kawaii and the author of The Super Cute Book of Kawaii. She lives by the seaside in Scotland in a flat full of kawaii, creating cute character goods as Asking For Trouble, working on endless craft projects and playing Nintendo.