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Ryan and I have really been trying to cut back on our plastic usage and a key part of that is remembering to take our bags to the store and farmer’s market whenever we go. But why carry any just any old tote bag when you can have one covered in spring flowers?! Not only will this cute project help you remember to take your bag each time, but it’s easy to do. Here’s how: Continue reading…
It’s pretty obvious if you’ve been following along here, or Instagram, that I love all things colorful. That’s why when adult coloring books became the “in” thing to do recently that I was beyond thrilled! If you’re also into the trend, but want your art to live beyond the outside of your fridge, then you’ll want to make this DIY Coloring Book tote! Here’s how:
First you’ll want to download this free piñata illustration by The Paper Mama by clicking here. Once you have the design, head to Zazzle and upload it for printing. Their bags are so soft and nice that you could even print a few and host a coloring party with all of you gal pals! You could also just buy this Mandala Tote if you’re looking for a different pattern.
Once you get your tote, color in the design with fabric markers. Depending on your markers there might be some bleed, so I recommend starting off by coloring in the center to see how it takes to the fabric before going right up to the lines. You will also want to put a thin sheet of cardboard or a book inside to prevent the markers from bleeding through to the other side.
Once all colored in, let dry and you’re done! This project is a fun way to bring color to an ordinary tote bag, plus c’mon, how cute is that piñata?!
Now that fall is officially here, it’s time for pumpkins, corn, apple picking and markets. If you’re looking to add your own personal flair on your grocery tote, boy do I have the easiest project for you! You can make a plain canvas tote colorful, fun and completely washable all in about a half hour. Here’s how:
I used Painters on canvas, but they work on just about any surface (plastic, wood, glass, metal, fabric, and more!). You can grab a coupon for them right here AND Painters is hosting a monthly contest from now until December where you could win a prize valued at $500 for showing off what you make (check out #StyleByAisle and #PaintersStyle on social!). The Style by Aisle with Painters Contest will have a different theme each month (this month is Clothing, Accessories, Shoes), so you can really get creative. Read more about it here!
Decide on what phrase or shape you want on your bag, create it in photoshop or word, and print it out. You can also freehand your design, but the stencil is a huge help if you don’t have that confidence! Slip stencil inside tote and tape in place. Trace around your letters with the Painters and fill in.
Once your design is complete, set with heat to make machine washable. And just like that, you’re done! Easy peasy, don’t you think?!
I’ll pretty much be sporting this bag with me all season. Chances are it will either be filled with flowers or caramel apples at all times. You know, the necessities.
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While wandering aimlessly around the fabric store, I stumbled across an iron transfer pen. I was fairly certain it would be too good to be true, maybe best just for mapping out embroidery lines, but I’m here to say that it works SO good. Instead of the vinyl or hard feel of other iron on transfers, the final version of this is smooth to the touch since it’s basically an ink transfer. It’s probably the easiest image transfer I’ve ever done (not that I’m excited or anything). Here’s how I made this tote:
I used one of the the free #GIRLBOSS printables Jordan Brantley made for my blog last year, but you could use any design you want. Just be sure to inverse your design before printing, otherwise it will come out backwards. Print on regular printer paper.
Trace over your design with the transfer pen. After doing mine with black text, I recommend making the text a different color than your pen so you can make sure that you got the entire design.
Place design ink side down and iron for 1-3 minutes. Be sure not to move your paper mid way or your design will print twice. It also helps to have something flat inside your tote so the ink doesn’t bleed through to the other wise.Lift your paper and you’re done!
One of the coolest parts about this type of transfer is that you can use the same paper again and again without having to reapply the ink! I made three totes with the same transfer.
Super cool right?! The end result has almost a watercolor feeling to it (keep that in mind if you were going for a bolder look). Have you ever worked with iron transfer pens before? Would love to hear how you used it!