{personalized scripture totes & scripture covers}

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When I came across THIS tutorial for scripture covers, I was so excited! I had never even thought about it before, with my girls being so little. ( I don’t think my son would have appreciated scrapbook paper quite the same way!) However, with my girls starting Primary tomorrow (our church’s Sunday School program for children 3-11), I couldn’t wait to start these two projects that go hand-in-hand.


I found the perfect mini canvas totes (5-pack for $5.99) at Joann’s—they measure 6 inches high and 5.5 inches wide, which is just the right size for the pocket size scriptures I bought for my girls. When I first envisioned this project, I was going to make the totes themselves, but when I stumbled across these, I knew just what I would do. This is super easy, super fast, and super cute!


  • canvas tote
  • fabric
  • heat ‘n bond
  • iron
  • ribbon
  • scissors
  • printed monogram, desired font & size (I used the elephants in cherry trees font, sized to 250–I needed it to be chunky enough to see the polka dots on my fabric.)


  • Take the ribbon you will be using on the outside of the tote and wrap it around the tote, to see how much you will need to go all the way around, plus a little overlap. Cut that amount off with your scissors.

  • Cut an exact amount of heat ‘n bond, using the piece of ribbon as a guide.
  • Iron the sticky side of the heat ‘n bond to the side of the ribbon that will be facing down.
  • Remove the paper backing, and place the sticky side down onto the tote.
  • Before you iron, decide where you want the overlap of ribbon to be. I placed it in the center of my bag, so that when I applied the monogram, it would cover the rough edges.
  • Iron ribbon on, according to heat ‘n bond directions.
  • Print monogram out on white paper, in desired font.
  • Cut the letter out along lines, then continue to follow heat ‘n bond directions.
  • Iron on monogram, according to directions.
  • Tie ribbons of choice on the bottom of one of the handles.


I followed the tutorial found HERE. However, I did make a few changes. First of all, I used pocket-sized scriptures. I love this size–isn’t everything cuter when it’s tiny? I also eliminated the ribbon to tie it shut and other embellishments. My girls are only 3, and the less they need to worry about, the better. I also distressed all the edges of every paper I used.

These were so fun to do, and I can’t wait for my cute girlies to take these to church tomorrow!


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About Simply Kierste Design Co.

Kierste is a blogger who shares her love of all things DIY. She is the mother of six, and focuses on simple ideas and projects to make a house a home! When she's not chasing around two sets of twins, a teenager, and a baby, she's working on a project, training for her next race, reading one of her favorite books, or baking something with chocolate in it.

7 thoughts on “{personalized scripture totes & scripture covers}

  1. let me add this to my long list of ideas i'm copying. girl – just reading your blog makes me tired! how you do it all i will never know ;)

  2. Aren't those bags great? I used them for trick or treat bags for my girls this year. I added some feathers around the top and ironed on their first initial with a sequined letter. So cute!

  3. GREAT idea — and just in time! I love these little bags. And you're right — tiny little things are so much cuter :)

    BTW — thank you so much for always doing such a good job with your easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions. Veeeeeery good for people like me :)

  4. Adorable!! I've been wanting to cover my kids' scriptures since I saw that tutorial too. Maybe I'll get to it this week!

  5. I've ironed on my carpet…YIKES…ugly things happened!! DO NOT iron on your carpet!! I love the totes!! So sweet!! I love the B of M cover too!!

  6. I know this is an old post but I have been searching for a cute tote for my daughter's baptism and the sewing machine is NOT my friend. This project is so cute and so perfect and I can't wait to make her a matching tote and scripture cover (which I never thought to do before!) So anyway, thanks for posting this. :)

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