Make an Anchor-Stenciled Boat Bag

Hit the lake in style this summer with a nautical-themed tote bag made using homemade freezer paper stencils.
Anchor-Stenciled Tote Bag

Anchor-Stenciled Tote Bag

Freezer paper stencils are a simple way to customize fabric items. Try out the process on a tote bag with our nautical-themed template.

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Materials Needed:

  • plain canvas tote
  • freezer paper
  • fabric paintbrush
  • soft fabric paint
  • utility knife
  • cutting mat
  • straight edge
  • iron

Print Templates

Download and print both the anchor and text templates on freezer paper with the shiny side face-down in the printer. This is the side that will adhere to your canvas bag when you iron it on.



Cut Out Templates

Once your templates are printed, use your utility knife and straight edge to cut them out. Hold onto the inner pieces that are removed when you're cutting (the white area of the "a," for example).

Iron On Templates

Lay templates on the canvas bag, shiny-side down. Put inner pieces where they belong. Take a hot iron and press template in place. Be sure to adhere the template so no fabric paint can seep underneath the freezer paper. Repeat the same process for the text template.

Paint Tote

Take a couple sheets of scrap paper and slide them into your tote to prevent paint from bleeding through. Use your fabric paint and paintbrush and begin painting the template.

Remove Stencils

Once you've let the paint dry for at least an hour, remove the stencils. Use household tweezers to remove the small inner parts. Once the stencils are removed, you're ready to pack up your bag for the beach.

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