To create one of these miniature cuties all you need is a mini tote bag and some embellishments.
I chose ribbon, ric-rac (not pictured), and a shabby rose from The Hair Bow Company to use for my embellishments.
The mini tote I used came in a pack of four from the craft store for $2.99. (Depending on the craft store, you could get an online coupon, and they would be even cheaper!) I started by cutting a piece of ribbon a little larger than my bag.
I then folded over the ends of the ribbon and hand stitched them. (This could be a completely no-sew project if you use fabric glue, though. I'm an impatient crafter, and I didn't have any at the moment.)
Then I cut a piece of ric-rac to layer on top of the ribbon.
I also selected a pretty shabby rose in a coordinating color. I used fabric glue (Yeah, I bought some.) to glue the ric-rac to the middle of the ribbon and folded the ends under the ribbon. Then I glued the ribbon to the bag. The finishing touch was gluing the flower to the ribbon.
This is such an easy, inexpensive project.
I think these would be great as party favors, gift bags, or even bridesmaids' gifts. Or use the same steps for a large tote bag to create a purse or travel bag. There are so many possibilities! What would you use your mini tote for?