I got this adorable gift idea from the November issue of Woman’s Day magazine. When I read the directions, I thought, “There is no way this can be this easy AND come out this cute.” But I was wrong! From start to finish, one bag took me less than 20 minutes, cost less than $4.00, and is really cute. The magazine recommends using an 18×13 tote. I chose to use a 13×13 tote. I found a pack of 3 for $9.99 at Michaels, making them only $3.33 per bag. Combine with coupons here and you may be able to create one for under $3.
- Canvas tote (I used a 13×13 bag.)
- Black fabric paint (I used Tulip Slick in black)
- Monogram/Alphabet stencil (The magazine gives complete directions on making your own. I had an alphabet set already, and just used that one.)
- Small paint brush
- Doily (I used a 10″ doily.)
- Spray adhesive
- If your tote is wrinkled, iron first. Spay adhesive on back side of doily.
- Adhere doily to lower right corner of bag, partially hanging off (see picture above).
- Paint over the outer edge of the doily, making sure not to go outside of the outer limit. I wanted an “aged” look, so i intentionally used varying amounts of paint so that the color was not consistent. If you want a more uniform color, use more paint.
- While paint is still wet, peel off doily.
- Let paint dry.
- My stencil fit well within the wet paint, so I skipped step 5, saving time. Spray adhesive on back of monogram stencil of your choice. (You can see, I used a “K”.)
- Lay monogram stencil on the tote, centering inside the (already) painted pattern.
- Paint over monogram stencil.
- While paint is wet, remove stencil.
- Let dry.
- After all paint is completely dry, using a high heat iron, iron over painted areas to set your design so that the bag is washable.
I can’t wait to fill these with teacher goodies and gift cards to give to my daughter’s preschool teachers for Christmas. You could also fill them with crackers, cheese, and/or homemade bread for your favorite neighbors. The possibilities are limitless.
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