In recent years, with the whole anti-plastic bag movement happening, I’ve become totally obsessed with reusable tote bags! What’s even better than finding myself a good bag in a store that I like the design of and can use over and over again is finding a nice, plain one that I can customize myself. I’ve been trying out all kinds of techniques and designs on plain canvas tote bags lately, but recently I did one that was so pretty and simple that even my kids made ones for themselves all on their own.
They were the perfect introduction to things like fabric painting and stencil use for my kids, so I thought I’d lay the steps out for other people to see. Check out these step by step instructions complete with photos! If you’d rather follow along with a video tutorial instead of written words, scroll to the bottom of this post to find just what you’re looking for.
For this project, you’ll need:
- A pre-made canvas tote bag
- A pencil
- White paper
Gather your materials!
Fold your piece of white paper in half so that you’re bringing its shorter edges together. Crease the paper so it leaves a line, unfold it, and use your scissors to cut along that line and cut the page in half. Set one piece aside for later and fold the other in half again the same way, creasing it like you did the first time. Starting and ending at the folded crease, draw the outline of half a heart on your folded piece of paper. Use your scissors to cut the shape out along the pencil mark. When you unfold your new shape at the crease, you’ll see that you have a whole heart! This will be your stencil for making the design on the front of your bag.