I started with a plain white tote bag and liquid Rit dye in aquamarine. I then grabbed the instructions for ombre dying off of the Rit website. Don't be intimidated by dyes. The instructions on the website and clear and easy to follow. No matter what type of dye technique you are looking for I would be willing to bet it is on their site. So grab your dye and the instructions and get busy.
Once my tote was dyed and completely dry, I grabbed a variety of orange buttons and some fabric glue.
I traced a letter stencil onto my tote with a pencil.
I then glued the buttons into the letter shape.
Just let your glue dry and you are ready for school.
Your tote bag is ready for gift giving or carrying your books. Maybe you don't like the monogram idea? Add an apple or any other shape in buttons! Let you imagination run wild.