Quick Craft: Adding Pockets to a Tote (without sewing a thing!)

Today I’m at SNAP Conference in Salt Lake City surrounded by 500 other talented crafty bloggers learning, creating, and celebrating the friendships we’ve made because of blogging… so I decided to team  up with Abbey from The Cards We Drew and a bunch of other bloggers to create “Crafts in a SNAP” {15 Minute Craft Ideas} so that ANYONE, whether beginner or seasoned pro, can learn to create fun and handmade items in no time at all!

I decided to share a quick update to the tote bag I’m lugging around here at Snap– but be sure scroll down below to check out some of what my blogging friends have to offer!! Have fun and get creative!

I love me a good tote bag. What I do not love is that they pretty much never have pockets and all my things slosh around. So I decided to remedy that.

how to use scrap fabric material to make no sew pockets

I got this amazing tote from Emily McDowell on Etsy to take with me to Snap! (a DIY/craft blogging conference- more to come on that soon) and decided to add a few little pockets so I’d have a spot for my business cards, chapstick, etc.


  • adorable tote
  • adorable fabric (I just used scraps I already had)
  • hem tape, scissors, iron, damp cloth

iron on hem tape fabric in a canvas tote

To do:

  • cut fabric into squares of your desired size (I just laid out all the things I would want to put in them, then cut an inch around that)
  • iron your fabric and tote so it’s wrinkle free
  • fold in the edges of your fabric (so the frayed cuts don’t show) then turn your canvas inside out and hem tape it on with your iron
  • marvel in your amazingly organizeable tote

no sew pockets for a canvas tote

The end! Doesn’t get much easier than that 😉

easy scrap fabric pockets

Pin it so you don’t forget it! 🙂


Be sure to check out what a bunch of my new blog friends have to share as well:
Crafts in a SNAP 15 Minute Craft Ideas


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