I got the idea for monogrammed totes from this tutorial I pinned on Pinterest a while back.
(I love her "big fat" letter on the front!)I bought some more of those 3 for $6 totes at Wal-mart and also bought three sets of coordinating prints.
You can see in the above photo that instead of lining them this time, I made a big pocket on the back. I did not make these to be used as purses, but rather as tote bags. Two of the recipients are still in school, and the other one uses totes for books and misc. other stuff when traveling back and forth from her home to her job.
this blog (another Pinterest find.) Since the blog isn't in English, I pretty much invented my own way of sewing them so that all the seams are on the inside. The first one took some figuring, but I was able to whip the second two up in less than an hour!