Hi there Idea Room readers! My name is Melissa Mortenson and I’m the girl behind the Polka Dot Chair Blog. I’m also a fabric designer for Riley Blake Designs and the mom of 3 terrific teenagers. I love to inspire “makers” by sharing simple DIY home projects and crafts on my site along with a TON of free sewing and quilting tutorials.
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I’m very excited to be sharing a tutorial for this DIY Summer Tote bag for the Idea Room’s Summer Series. I live in Kentucky and we are lucky to have many amazing lakes in our state. Our personal favorite is Lake Cumberland. It’s a few hours from our house but we love to “steal away” down there whenever we can. The last time we were there I spotted a t-shirt that said “Lake Hair Don’t Care”, I totally wanted to buy it but they didn’t have it in my size. At the time my hair was pulled up into a pony tail and hidden under a hat so the phrase seemed absolutely fitting.
I decided that I’d make a fun tote bag with the saying instead of getting the t-shirt. I designed a .svg file to go with it that you can download for free on my site then upload into your ecutting machine software.
Okay are you ready to make one?
You’re going to need:
- -Canvas Tote Bag
- -Freezer Paper
- -Fabric Spray Paint
- -Cutting Machine (Silhouette or Cricut will work, I use a Cricut)
Begin by uploading the .svg file into your cutting machine software. Download it HERE for free.
Cut a piece of freezer paper to 12×12 and attach it to a cutting mat (I think the light touch mat works the best for freezer paper).
If you’re using a Cricut machine, click on all the layers and then click “attach” so they all cut as one piece.
Size the image then click – send to machine.
Click “reverse” to mirror the image.
Load your cutting mat into the machine. The shiny side of the freezer paper should be facing up.
Cut using the “paper” setting on your machine.
Next peel away the letters leaving only a “stencil” of your image.
Carefully peel the stencil away from the cutting mat.
Center the image on the tote bag and iron it onto the bag, shiny side DOWN.
Remove the insides of the letters from the cutting mat also and iron them into the correct spots on the image.
Add extra freezer paper to the sides of the stencil so that the entire bag is covered. Also iron one piece of freezer paper to the inside of the bag.
Using your fabric spray paint, lightly coat the bag. Spray evenly and do not over saturate the bag, or the paint will bleed.
Let the paint dry.
Remove the freezer paper and VOILA! You’ve got a custom tote bag!
Enjoy it on your next trip to the lake!!
Also, don’t have a lake close by? I’ve also created a “Pool Hair Don’t Care” file for you too.
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