How to Make Personalized Burlap Bags

Gift Idea for Bridesmaids, Wedding Party, Graduation Etc: How to Make Personalized Burlap Bags via Ashley Hackshaw / #burlap #diy #tutorial #wedding #rustic #diywedding


Love burlap…and I love these burlap bags from Dharma Trading. I thought they’d make great gifts or even stylish reusable grocery bags:

Use Blank Burlap or Jute Bags via Ashley Hackshaw /


Burlap or Jute Bags
Supersoft Transfer Paper
Ink Jet Printer


There are several ways you can personalize the bags:

1. Silk screening or freezer paper stencils. (see my Beach Bag Tote tutorial here)
2. Spray paint with stencils
3. Fabric applique
4. Transfer Paper

I chose transfer paper for these particular bags because I wante pretty detailed graphics and it takes way too much patience to hand cut a stencil for something like that.

First, I created this little “Groceries” graphic in Photoshop. If I’m making a graphic that prints out onto multiple pages I usually use Powerpoint to size and print it because it turns out easier to visualize and match up. I printed out the graphic onto Super Soft Transfer paper:

Use special iron on paper to transfer image via Ashley Hackshaw /

Transfer paper from Dharma Trading.


I carefully cut out my graphic and made sure the two sides matched up, placing them face down onto the burlap bag.  Pressing a hot iron for a few minutes (careful not to burn the paper or bag!) transfers the image to the bag:

Transfer Paper Process for Personalized Bags via Ashley Hackshaw /


An instant custom bag:

Make a reusable burlap grocery bag via Ashley Hackshaw /


Here’s one I made for my sister.  This would be a great bridesmaid gift or graduation gifts for friends:

Bridesmaid Gift Idea or Graduation Gift Idea: Add a monogram to your personalized burlap bag via Ashley Hackshaw / #graduation #wedding #bridesmaidgift #diy #burlap #rustic


The bags come in 2 different sizes. These are the large size.  Big enough for the beach, a large grocery haul etc:

Easy personalized burlap bag tutorial via Ashley Hackshaw /


Label one with a favorite quote:

Add a quote to a burlap bag for a gift via Ashley Hackshaw /




The Graphics Fairy is a great place to download vintage images like this one (already reversed for transfer):

A personalized burlap bag make a great gift via Ashley Hackshaw /


An engagement or wedding gift:

Great gift idea for a bride and groom or for your out of town wedding guests via Ashley Hackshaw /


Love how all these turned out:

Add a quote, monogram, wedding date and more to a burlap bag via Ashley Hackshaw /


Here’s the “Groceries” graphic to make it easier on you to make.  Just click the links below the graphic!

Free Groceries Graphic for Burlap Bag Transfer Lil Blue Boo


Large JPEG version.

Ready-to-print 2-page PDF.




Let me know if you make one….make sure to send me the link as always so that I can pin to my “DIY Love” board for others to see!

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Disclaimer: Dharma Trading is an advertiser on Lil Blue Boo, but all project ideas, product opinions, reviews and suggested uses are all my own.


  1. Ellie from Canada says

    Ashley, will we still be able to access your tutorials for projects like this after Lil Blue Boo moves, or will you still be blogging under the same name?

  2. Tausha says

    Love this idea! I think I am going to make one of these for my “room mom.” She is amazing and would adore a hand made thank you gift.

    Thanks for the tutorial.

  3. Cindy Moser says

    I noticed on the dharma bag website that it says the bags are lined with plastic between the burlap and cotton lining. Does this lining not melt when doing your transfers? I love the look!

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