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HOW TO PERSONALIZE A BORING OLD TOTE

Here is a very easy DIY on how to personalize canvas tote. You will need some patience and pretty steady hand-but other then that it is super simple.diy custom tote bag/diy custom/canvas bag/painted canvas tote/painted tote bag diy/customize a canvas tote bag/custom friend gift/painted canvas tote bag/canvas bag/tote bag

So my family likes to say I’m the “crafty” one. Because of that title, they come to me for ideas when they are looking for unique gifts for friend and family. This time it was my sister B-, she wanted a gift for a close friend that was moving, so we brainstormed a bit and  came up with this “friend” personalized canvas bag. Now we are not reinventing the wheel here, but we are putting a personal touch on something everyone can use – a canvas tote bag. I personally have a dozen of them myself.

Let’s start with the supplies you will need.

  • Canvas tote bag
  • Fabric paint
  • Phonto app
  • Printer
  • Tape
  • Paint brush

First she found the quote she wanted. Then I just typed the words into the Phonto app, picking the size and font that I liked best. If you have never used the Phonto app here are the instructions. If you have used this app just scrolled down past the app instructions to the project instructions.

Phonto app instructions

  • Open the Phonto app and hit the camera icon on the bottom middle of the screen
  • Click “Plain Image”
  • Click on the send symbol on the top right of the box
  • Click “Use”
  • Tap the screen once to “Add Text”
  • Add your text and pick your font

Once you are happy with your design, save and print.

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BACK TO PERSONALIZING THE CANVAS BAG

After printing out your design, flip it over and start coloring the back of the paper. Depending on what it is you are transferring the words or photo onto, will determine what you will color the back of your page with. For this project, because it is a black fabric canvas tote, I used Neocolor II in white. This is more of a crayon because of it’s waxy feel. But I have used other things like colored chalk and a No 2 pencil. Like I always say “Go with your gut”.

Next you will want to flip your print out back over and center onto your project. I am using a canvas tote for this project, but I have also done this technique on pillow cases, t-shirts, art canvas and more. After getting your print out centered, secure it with some tape.

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Now it’s time to trace your print out. I was obviously running low on ink, but it’s fine as long as you can see the letters. Be sure  you are working on a hard surface because your going to press pretty hard with a pen to transfer your words or photo. I have a big old plastic cutting board I use just for these type of projects.

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After you have traced all the letters onto the you tote, remove your printout and BAM! Now you have your design on your tote.

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Now the painting in the letter part is were it gets a little tricky. Of course I forgot to take pictures of the process, but just make sure you take your time and use a very small paint brush when doing details like letters.

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After your paint dries, I like to toss my project in the dryer for just a few minutes. It seems to set the paint better. After removing the tote from the dryer, I decided I wanted to add a little pizzazz so I sewed on these felt flowers. A tutorial for making felt flowers will be posted here.diy custom tote bag/diy custom/canvas bag/painted canvas tote/painted tote bag diy/customize a canvas tote bag/custom friend gift/painted canvas tote bag/canvas bag/tote bag

We are so happy with the out come of this project, I will be selling it on my Etsy shop if you are interested in buying one from me, but before you purchase one, go ahead and try to DIY one for yourself.

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J-

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