7 Stylish Tote Bag Design Ideas to Take Your Next Outing to the Next Level

Tote bag design ideas

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Tote bags are the perfect way to carry anything you need for the day, whether you’re out relaxing at the beach, catching up with friends for a coffee, going to the library, or doing a grocery run.

We love tote bags for their versatility and functionality, so we’ve collected 7 of the best tote bag design ideas out there in one place for you!

So whether you’re doing a ‘day in the life of’ story post on Instagram or just popping down to the local shops, these tote bags will be sure to add a pop of colour and style to your outfit!

Message tote bags

Message tote bag

Word or symbol messages can be an interesting way to tell people what you care about without needing to speak to them. You can be a walking billboard for the causes you feel passionate about. These may be messages of peace, to be more environmentally conscious, or promoting your favourite dog shelter or other charities.

You can also buy blank canvas tote bags and screenprint your own message onto the bags.

Our Picks
Everything Canvas Tote Bag
$14.99

This extra-large Llyliu canvas tote bag is the ideal bag for hassle-free shopping and beach days.

It measures 28" x 8" x 16", has reinforced handles, and a spacious inner pocket.

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03/07/2024 11:28 pm GMT

Message Tote Bag
$13.99 $11.54

The AUSVKAI Canvas Tote Bag is not just a bag; it's a statement of style and sustainability. It features a message to not take yourself too seriously. Made from soft, 100% cotton.

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03/07/2024 12:49 pm GMT

Mesh beach tote bags

Mesh tote bags are great to carry all your essentials like your beach towel, sunscreen, sunglasses, your water bottle and more. You don’t have to worry about sand getting into your bag. They’re also large, lightweight and easy to fold up when not in use. They’re so versatile and look great, so you can take it beyond the beach to do your grocery shopping or carry it with you to lunch and more.

Straw tote bags

Straw tote bag

Straw tote bags are versatile and look great – from spring to summer and beyond! They’re perfect for trips to the farmer’s market to stock up on fresh produce or for grocery shopping.

They add a nice natural touch to any outfit and look especially adorable with floral summer dresses.

They’re a simple yet stylish way to carry all your essentials for the day whether you’re going for a casual stroll on the beach or shopping in the city.

They’re also great to carry on your travel adventures whether you’re lounging at the resort beach in the Maldives or cruising on a private yacht in the Mediterranean.

Our Pick
Handmade Straw Summer Tote Bag
$29.98

Make a statement at the beach or any summer outing with the YXILEE Straw Tote Bag. Handwoven with care and featuring a charming polka-dot scarf, it's the perfect accessory for a sunny day.

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03/08/2024 02:46 am GMT

Clear tote bags

Clear tote bag

Clear transparent PVC style tote bags are ideal to carry to concerts, stadiums, and airports. Security at these venues can easily identify what you’ve put in your bag.

They’re also great for storing craft supplies such as knitting needles, yarn, ribbons, stickers and embellishments for your next handmade project. Your essentials will be organized neatly and easy to find.

Our Pick
Stadium Approved Clear Tote Bag
$11.99 $9.99

Experience the perfect blend of fashion and functionality with the BAGAIL Clear Crossbody Bag. From sporting events to concerts, this well-made, spacious bag (12 x 12 x 5 inches) has room for everything you need, including your water bottle, and it's stadium-approved. 

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03/08/2024 02:56 am GMT

Designer totes

Designer totes like the Marc Jacobs’ ‘The Tote Bag‘ collection are timeless accessories that will never go out of style and are perfect for carrying everything you need for the day whether you’re riding a bike to work in the city or going on a weekend getaway to the countryside. They add a sense of style and sophistication to any outfit. They also happen to be an investment piece so they’ll always be in style!

Blank canvas tote bags

Black tote bag

For the minimal look, you can buy plain one-colour canvas tote bags and screen-print or stencil your own designs to show the world your creative talents!

You can also create a design in a program like Canva or Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator and then print off your design onto iron-on transfer sheets and then iron the print onto your blank tote bag.

Support indie designers and illustrators’ work

You can also go to websites like Etsy to find cool illustration tote bag designs to buy and support your favourite artists.

You can also go to sites like Redbubble to find cool designs from designers worldwide on print-on-demand platforms. You choose a design you like, and the style and colour of tote bag you’d like and then order it.

It’ll then get printed once you’ve ordered it and your tote bag will be sent to you within a week or two usually.

This print-on-demand model is also economical for the indie designers as well, as it saves them from needing to spend money doing a pre-print run of all their designs ready to sell. The bag will only be printed once you’ve ordered it.


So hopefully this post has given you some cool tote bag design ideas that you like! So next time you’re heading out for the day or preparing for your next exotic beach holiday, you’ll have the perfect set of tote bags ready to carry all your stuff in! 🙂

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