Don’t overlook the beauty that you can bring to a simple canvas tote bag! With just a little creativity, supplies and paint, you’ll have your very own one-of-a-kind tote to carry around town!
Being that I am a little frugal, I love to recycle things whenever possible. This canvas tote bag is a great example of that. The bag is 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.
The perfect canvas tote bag is well within reach and can actually be created by you! With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, why not make up this beautiful “Sweet” Heart Canvas tote bag? It’s perfect to keep for yourself or to give as a gift to all of your family and friends! (just add a bit of chocolate to it and it’ll take it over the top!)
This bag is a great way to carry your books, your wallet or any other of those must-have supermarket finds. And if you find that one isn’t enough, then there’s no reason why you can’t make yourself a few more. After all, there’s no such thing as having too many canvas tote bags, right?
I hope you will enjoy creating your own “Sweet” bag!
“Sweet” Heart Canvas Tote Bag
By: Rebekah Meier
Brother ScanNCut2 Machine
Brother ScanNCut Standard Mat 12×12 inch
Brother ScanNCut Standard Cut Blade
*Canvas tote bags
Sticky Back Canvas Sheet 8.5 x 11
Red acrylic paint
6 red buttons
Red sewing machine thread
Fabric adhesive (optional)
Using a small knife blade or a seam ripper, remove the stitching from one of the side seams of the bag. This step will allow lines to be stitched on the bag later in the instructions.
Place sticky backed canvas sheet onto the mat (canvas side up). Set machine for blade depth of 7, a pressure of 9, and one time to cut. Load cutting mat into the ScanNcut.
Select heart shape from shape menu. Adjust height and width to the desired size. I made mine approximately 5.25×3.25 inches. Touch set. Repeat, creating two, 2″ hearts. Touch set.
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.
Peel cut elements from the mat and paint with red acrylic paint. When dry, peel off film from the back of hearts and word. Press elements onto the bag with firm pressure.
Using a sewing machine and red thread, stitch straight lines randomly onto the bag. For extra security, machine stitch through hearts and word (if desired) as well. Refer to photo and sew or glue buttons to bag.
Tip: Create a similar bag by diluting acrylic paints and dripping them onto a similar blank canvas bag. Let the paint dry between different colors to ensure the colors do not mix and create a “mud” color.