Chevron Canvas Tote Bag

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Every since I did the round up of the 10 Great Summer Bag Tutorials, I have been inspired to make my own bag.  I wanted a bag for the library… one that was just mine. The girls have their own bag that they like to carry so, it just makes sense for me to have my own.  Now the girls don’t have to lug Mommy’s books around too.  This is a very quick tutorial on how to create a very simple, graphic looking bag in minutes.  The only thing that takes long in this tutorial is the drying time for the fabric paint.


Here’s what you need:

  • Small Black Canvas Tote (Purchased mine at Michaels & don’t forget your coupon!)
  • Fabric Paint (I also got this at Michaels.)
  • Plastic Bottle with a Coupling On It (This I found a the local cake supply store and new I could buy it for very cheap.  However, when I was just at Michaels recently, Martha Stewart sells a set with three small tips for about $9.99.)
  • Painters Tape
  • Scissors


Step #1:

Take your painters tape and measure 1/4″.  Cut the piece of tape so that it is long enough to cover the length of the canvas bag at 1/4″.  Using the painters tape, divide your bag into 5 sections. This worked out to be 2″ between the pieces of tape.  You can see, I used washi tape for mine.  This didn’t work too well, but well enough that I got the job done.  I definitely recommend the painters tape over the washi tape.  Another thing I would recommend is ironing the bag first.  I didn’t and it made it a little more difficult for me.

Step #2:

Fill your bottle with the fabric paint and make sure the coupling is on tight.  You don’t want to have any of the fabric paint oozing out and onto your canvas while you are doing this. You might want to practice making a few lines on a piece of paper before you start on your bag. The fabric paint flows pretty fast.  Your movement needs to be consistent.  If you stop at all during the mark making process, you may end up with a blob.  If you go too quickly, you may make your line too thin or even skip over part of the line.  Therefore, the line needs to be made with a constant speed. Begin at the top and continue making lines all the way down the bag.

Here’s are my lines during the process:

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Let the paint dry.  Make sure if you are going to move your bag to another area you do this very carefully.  I let my bag dry for 24 hours.

finished bag


There you have it!  A very simple DIY canvas tote bag with a very cute, simple graphic pattern.


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  1. says

    Love this design! I am thinking of adapting it by using safety pins to go along with a sweatshirt design of safety pinned angel wings for a Christmas gift. This bag would go nicely. The graphic against the black is very striking.

  2. says

    Great use of fabric paint. Very unique. Thank you for sharing! I’d love to have you visit me at Get Your Crap Together! We have a Pattern Party with free patterns from the 1st of the month to the 10th that I’d love for you to check out. See you soon!


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