I DIY! Learn How To Make A Spotted Tote Bag

A large, roomy tote bag is a must-have for any gal who needs to carry more than just her cell phone and wallet around — but the options out there tend to be way too expensive or way too boring. The solution? Our crafty team loved the look of a Marc by Marc Jacobs bag, and decided to see if they could recreate it for pennies. Using a cheapie, plastic tote, some waterproof paint, and a little measuring know-how (for more specific tips, scroll down!), the R29 DIY duo created this everyday bag you'd be proud to say you designed yourself!
We know the measuring part got tricky, but we've broken it down in the steps below:
While you can just eyeball the spots, we like the look of straight lines. Start by using the two handles as starting points for the two row of spots and create two rows of dots, making sure the space between each is the same.
The middle row of dots should be spaced between the ones on either side of it. To figure out where each dot should be placed, just find the intersection between the two diagonal bisections of four dots. In other words, find the middle of the square of dots!
Using a flat edge, connect three dots spanning the three rows to create a diagonal line and measure out the dots for the further rows. Make sure all the spacing is the same! For wider bags, you may have to repeat this step!

More from I-DIY

It's happened to all of us: You finally find a pair of jeans that fits all your bends and curves like a glove. But, unless you're runway-model tall, ...
Ben Brown knows that when most people hear the word "lobbyist," they immediately picture “old guys in suits having steak dinners.” The 27 year old wants...
Taylor Swift recently hit Disneyland with her close pal, model Lily Aldridge (along with Aldridge's daughter, the adorably named Dixie Pearl; and husband, ...
When I found out I was going to interview Cara Delevingne on video, I wasn't sure what to do. Over-prepare and run the risk of sounding too robotic? ...
Ahmed Mohamed used to be the 14-year-old whose passion for science landed him in handcuffs in September. Now, Ahmed is about to become the 14-year-old ...
In September's issue of Elle, Paul Ford, a father of three-year-old twins — one boy and one girl — writes about a singular solution to gender bias in the...
My infatuation with covering everything in wallpaper started back in 2006, when I opened an issue of domino featuring then-rising interior designer Nick ...
Fact: Braiding starts before your nimble fingers ever grab hold of your strands. "Prep is such an important part of your braid," Potempa says. "What you ...
Like many women, I love a good cat-eye. It's a classic look with major impact, but it's got one caveat — it can be a pain to pull off. So, when I spotted ...
NYE is a night of magic. Under the confetti blasts at the stroke of midnight, it's as if anything could happen. An evening with that much potential ...
By Tasha Swearingen When you’re sporting a naturally curly look, it’s often necessary to use a variety of products on your hair for that ultimate look ...
The holidays really are the most wonderful time of the year. From family traditions to festive (and cozy) fashion to some much needed vacation time, ...
Is it just us, or has the whole gift-giving thing gotten out of control? Not only have there been commercials encouraging us to shop since September, it ...
Yesterday we told you about how just about every U.K. pop star was joining forces for Band Aid 30. Now, you can hear the re-recorded charity single, which ...