How to Make a Stenciled Tote Bag
Skip the traditional basket and make a personalized stenciled tote bag to carry Easter goodies.
- freezer paper
- fabric paint
- paint brush
- X-Acto knife
- tote bag
- coordinating ribbon
- painter's tape
- hot glue gun and sticks
Print Out Design
Using your computer, lay out your name and desired graphics onto a piece of paper that will fit the scale of your bag. Print out your final design.
Affix the printout to a piece of freezer paper — shiny side down — and a cutting mat using painter's tape. Cut the stencil design carefully with an X-Acto knife.
Iron On Freezer Paper
Iron your freezer paper — shiny side down — to the center of the tote.
Apply Fabric Paint
Slip a piece of cardboard or a few sheets of paper into your tote to create a hard surface to work on. Gently dap a small amount of fabric paint on the stencil area using a foam brush. Let dry.
Peel Freezer Paper
Peel back the freezer paper from the tote (image 1). Create a handle with ribbon and attach with hot glue. Fill the tote with Easter treats (image 2).