Re-purposed Heart Tote Bag

finished bag

finished bag

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Being that I am a little frugal, I love to recycle things whenever possible. This canvas bag is a great example of that. The bag is from a previous project that did not turn out how I wished. At the time, the acrylic colors bled through from the other side and did not work for what I was creating. We all have those days, don’t we! I kept the bag because I loved the organic color combination, and hoped to use it one day. Using the ScanNCut to cut out a word and hearts made this project so easy. I hope you will enjoy creating your own “Sweet” bag!

Supplies:

Brother ScanNCut2 Machine
Brother ScanNCut Standard Mat 12×12 inch
Brother ScanNCut Standard Cut Blade
*Canvas bag
Sticky Back Canvas Sheet 8 1/2”x11”
Red acrylic paint
6 red buttons
Red sewing machine thread
Sewing Machine
Embroidery needle
Fabric adhesive (optional)
Seam ripper

*Create a similar bag by diluting acrylic paints and dripping them onto a similar blank canvas bag. Dry paint between colors to ensure the colors do not mix and create a “mud” color.

using a small knife blade, remove one of the side seams of bag.

using a small knife blade, remove one of the side seams of bag.

Step 1.
Using a small knife blade or seam ripper, remove stitching from one of the side seams of bag.  This step will allow lines to be stitched on the bag later in the instructions.

 

place canvas sheet on mat

place canvas sheet on mat

Step 2.
Place sticky backed canvas sheet onto mat (canvas side up).  Set machine for blade depth of 7, pressure of 9, and one time to cut.  Load cutting mat into the ScanNcut.

pick heart shape

pick heart shape

Step 3.
Select heart shape from shape menu.  Adjust height and width to desired size.  I made mine approximately 5.25×3.25 inches.  Touch set.  Repeat, creating two, 2″ hearts.  Touch set.

Cut word and hearts

Cut word and hearts

Step 4.
Select the word Sweet from the word menu, keep the preset setting for height and width.  Touch set. Load mat (with canvas) and press cut, cutting out the hearts and the word Sweet.

 

using a sponge, paint word and hearts with red acrylic paint

using a sponge, paint word and hearts with red acrylic paint

Step 5.
Peel cut elements from mat and paint with red acrylic paint.  When dry, peel off film from the back of hearts and word.  Press elements onto bag with firm pressure.

 

machine stitch straight lines onto bag

machine stitch straight lines onto bag

Step 6.
Using a sewing machine and red thread, stitch straight lines randomly onto bag.  For extra security, machine stitch through hearts and word (if desired) as well.

Step 7.
Refer to photo and sew or glue buttons to bag.

finished bag

finished bag

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