I feel like you can never have too many tote bags. I have a pile of them in my closet, in my car, in my other closet and yet there are still times that I find myself thinking, “I wish I had a tote bag right now.” This week, we are going to learn how to upgrade a basic boring tote bag into a cute geometric print tote bag. You only need a few things:
- Plain Tote Bag
- Scotch Blue Painter’s Tape
- Jacquard Textile Color in 3 Colors
- (I used 109 Maroon, 114 Turquoise, and 113 Navy Blue)
- Foam Brush
- Time: about an hour
First step, take your Blue Painter’s Tape and make a border around your tote bag. I put the tape on about half an inch from the edge. Make sure you smooth down all of the tape to make sure no paint leaks underneath later!
Now is the fun part, making triangles! There is really no method to my madness here, just make triangles with the painter’s tape as big or as small as you like. I didn’t worry about keeping them consistent sizes or angles.
I stopped my triangles before I got all the way to the top right corner of my bag. It gives the bag a more modern look if the pattern doesn’t cover the entire thing. Again, don’t forget to smooth down your tape really well so you don’t have to worry about touch ups later!
It’s time to paint those triangles! Shake up your Jacquard Textile Color before using it, then dab some on your foam brush. Then, go ahead and dab the paint in your triangle!
I counted how many triangles I had before I started painting, 23, so I decided to make my number of each colored triangles close to even by doing 9 Maroon, 7 Turquoise and 7 Navy Blue. Be sure to totally wash your foam brush in-between each color.
Let your paint air dry before you pull of the tape. Mine took around 20 minutes before I felt comfortable peeling the tape off.
If you have some gloppy triangles because your tape didn’t stick down, don’t stress, it’s a really easy fix! Just take a piece of painter’s tape and place it at the lowest point of the messy line. Then fill in that area with paint, peel off your tape, and it’s like it never even happened! You can see in this picture that I did not follow my own tape smoothing advice from before, so I had a few spots to clean up.
You are almost done, but there is one last step! You need to heat set your paint. So make sure your bag is totally and completely dry before doing this. Then grab your iron and set it to the appropriate fabric setting for your bag (mine was cotton). Put your iron on the inside of the bag and run it over the back of your painted area for 30 seconds. Now your bag is heatset, so you can wash it, dry clean it and the colors won’t fade!
Your Geometric Tote Bag is now finished! It makes a great gift or you can just keep it for yourself, you did all the hard work after all. If you make a Geometric Tote Bag of your own be sure to share it on social media with #DIYwithAIF we would love to see it! We’ll be back next week with more creative DIY projects, happy crafting!