Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Painted Polka Dot Tote DIY

What you need:
Canvas tote bag, Card Stock, Fabric Paint, Blotter, Circle punch, Tape

1. Lay out your bag and determine how you want your pattern to go. I chose to do 5 circles from the zipper to the bottom. (After thought: If your bag has creases, you may want to iron it a little.  It made it a little more difficult to lay out the stencil).

2. Create your stencil by evenly spacing your circles in a straight row down your card stock. 
I chose to use the 11 inch side of the paper for my bag. It should look something like this. (Minus the tape and paint).
3. Make sure you have a starting point for your stencil.  I made sure  I started mine at the zipper every time. Add some pieces of tape to secure, and begin to apply the paint with your blotter.  Continue doing this until you have filled the bag all the way across. (If your bag is on the thinner side, you may want to put something in between the layers).
4. Let dry and do the other side if you like. 
Enjoy your pretty new bag!! If you make one, I would love to see it... and if anything is unclear, please let me know. :)



  1. Cute bag! I always use these bags to get all my stuff for work out the door in the morning.
    I just had a great idea of doing polka dots on the wall. Wouldn't that be such a fun playroom or in any children's bedroom?

  2. oh what an amazing idea! great job charlie! :D

    ps. I received your letter on thrusday - thank you so much! i will write back as soon as I will have some time :D