How to Make a Stenciled Tote Bag

Skip the traditional basket and make a personalized stenciled tote bag to carry Easter goodies.
Stenciled Tote Bag

Stenciled Tote Bag

Photo by: Abigail Barnes

Abigail Barnes

By: Abigail Barnes

Materials Needed:

  • 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.

Print Out Stencil

Print Out Stencil

Photo by: Abigail Barnes

Abigail Barnes

Create Stencil

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.

Tape Stencil Pattern to Tote Bag

Tape Stencil Pattern to Tote Bag

Photo by: Abigail Barnes

Abigail Barnes

Iron On Freezer Paper

Iron your freezer paper — shiny side down — to the center of the tote.

Iron On Freezer Paper

Iron On Freezer Paper

Photo by: Abigail Barnes

Abigail Barnes

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.

Paint Stencil Pattern

Paint Stencil Pattern

Photo by: Abigail Barnes

Abigail Barnes

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).

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