I am all about recycling, but most of the tote bags that the grocery stores sell are not very cute or crafty. So in honor of family game night, I created a Scrabble-inspired bag to tote around town! This project makes the perfect quick and easy handmade gift to create for Mom for Mother's Day! Decide what words you want to spell and how they'll connect, making sure the arrangement will fit on the front of your tote bag. Draw a grid of square tiles on graph paper to fit each of your letters. I selected the Joy 1.5" Cooper Style letters, so my tiles are 2" square.
Cut out the grid and place it on the front of the tote bag. Lightly sketch guidelines with a chalk pencil.
Stamp square tiles in place within your guidelines. I used the Ann Butler Designs EZ-De's Checkered Woven Hearts set with ColorBox Crafters Ink by Ann Butler in Desert Sand. Instead of stamping squares, you can also paint them in by hand. Heat set the ink or paint with an iron. Remove any chalk lines with an eraser.
Peel the backing paper away from each letter and place one inside each tile. JOY letters have pressure-sensitive temporary adhesive on the back for easy placement. Iron-on each letter according to the Joy package directions. Write in the point value of each tile in the bottom right corner with a fine point permanent marker.
Joy, iron on embroidered letters can be found at your local craft stores!