DIY Photo Embroidered Tote Bag

This post is in collaboration with Adobe Photoshop Elements.  All opinions are 100% mine.

I love snapping pictures of our daily life, small little moments of joy in our home and even pictures of my beloved plant babies.  Yes, you heard me right – I’m a plant lover and I’m not afraid to say it!  However sometimes my phone is so full of images, I am always on the lookout for a way to put them to good us.  Today I am sharing how I used Adobe Photoshop Elements and their quick Guided edits to transform my picture to a fun DIY Photo Embroidered Tote Bag!

How to create a gorgeous Plant Photo Embroidery Tote Bag. Delineate Your Dwelling #embroiderycraft #totebagcraft

What are the supplies need for a DIY Embroidered Tote Bag ?

Canvas Tote  |  Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium
Laser Printed Image  |  Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019
Paint Brush  |  Scissors  |  Embroidery Floss  |  Embroidery Needle  |  Sponge

Plant Embroidery Tote Bag-supplies

How do I edit an image in Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019?

I found the perfect picture of my plant babies and opened it in Photoshop Elements.  There are so many really fun new features in the 2019 version, like easy Guided Edits for Multi-Photo Text, Meme Maker, Partial Sketch, and Text & Border Overlay.  There’s even an automatic collage feature called Auto Creations.  And I love that you can do a 30 day free trial.

I decided to use the Black and White Color Pop option in the Guided Edits section.  You can either click on one of the four preset colored balloons or use the paint dropper and custom select your color.

I used the custom select paint dropper and picked green from my cactus leaf and IMMEDIATELY the entire image went to shades of black and white, except for all the green in my plants!  It was so cool.

How to create a gorgeous Plant Embroidery Tote Bag. Delineate Your Dwelling #embroiderycraft #totebagcraft
Once I was done with the Guided Edits, I simply pushed done and saved my image to my computer.  

How do I make a DIY Embroidered Tote Bag ?

I printed out my picture on a laser printer and cut it out with a pair of scissors.  (Note : You must print your image on a laser printer for the Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium to work correctly.)

Plant Embroidery Tote Bag-step2
Once your image is cut out, apply a very generous coat of the Mod Podge onto the front of your picture.  You should not be able to see the picture through the Mod Podge.

Plant Embroidery Tote Bag-step3

Turn the image face down onto your canvas tote and press to remove any air bubbles.  Allow your image to “dry” onto the tote for 24 hours, per the directions.

Plant Embroidery Tote Bag-step3
Once the Mod Podge is fully dry, take a damp sponge and set it on the image for about 2 minutes, allowing the water to soak into your paper.

Then, begin gently rubbing the printed paper away.  This takes a little bit of time, but when you are completed, you should have a gorgeous photo transferred image!

Plant Embroidery Tote Bag-step5
Next, I added colorful embroidery stitches to my plant image!  I did a simple back stitch to outline my cactus, the circular plant holder and for most of the coral background embroidery work.

How to create a gorgeous Plant Embroidery Tote Bag. Delineate Your Dwelling #embroiderycraft #totebagcraft
For the dainty cactus flowers, I used a lovely French Knot stitch in pink and peach.  I love how they turned out!

How to create a gorgeous Plant Embroidery Tote Bag. Delineate Your Dwelling #embroiderycraft #totebagcraft
And it is so fun to pair all these brightly colored embroidery stitches with the simple black and white color pop image I created using Photoshop Elements.  I love their contrast.

How to create a gorgeous Plant Embroidery Tote Bag. Delineate Your Dwelling #embroiderycraft #totebagcraft

How to create a gorgeous Plant Embroidery Tote Bag. Delineate Your Dwelling #embroiderycraft #totebagcraft
I am pretty sure this DIY Embroidered Tote Bag will be getting a ton of use not only because I am always in need of something to carry all my gear, but also because it is a one of a kind colorful treasure!

How to create a gorgeous Plant Embroidery Tote Bag. Delineate Your Dwelling #embroiderycraft #totebagcraft


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  1. Great job detailing the “how to “ on this project, even photo shopping image! And the embroidery is the finish touch. Will have to give it s try!

    1. delineateyourdwelling says:

      Thank you so much!

  2. I am OBSESSED with this! I want to make pillows. Curtains. Everything. Seriously, it’s gorgeous!!!

  3. That is just SO cute. I too am a plant lover! And bag lady! Soooo, pretty much this is my kind of thing!

    1. delineateyourdwelling says:

      All the plants + all the bags!

  4. Lisa Rigg says:

    Very impressed by how this turned out! Love the embroidery details you added onto the image too!

    1. delineateyourdwelling says:

      It’s the perfect finishing touch!

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