I featured this idea from Sisters Stuff last week, and my friend and I decided to have a try at it! It was a lot of fun to make, and it turned out super cute!
What you need:
- canvas tote bag ($2 at Michael's)
- various ribbon
- embellishments (optional)
- heat and bond (we got ours at Wal-Mart)
- embroidery floss and needle
So the first thing we did was print off the letters we needed to personalize our bags for our kids.
Then I traced the letter on to the fabric, and cut it out.
I used a different fabric for the background, and I traced a plate on to that and cut it out.
Next you'll want to apply your heat and bond to your traced out shapes. Follow the directions on the packaging to make sure you put it on correctly! You'll be applying the tacky side of the heat and bond to the wrong side of your fabric!
Then you need to re-cut out your shapes with the heat and bond applied.
**We may have added an extra step. You could just apply the heat and bond and then trace your shape on to it and only have to cut it out once. Oops.**
After we had the heat and bond applied and our shapes cut out, we took embroidery floss and stitched around the outside edge of our circles. We liked doing this with the paper backing still on the heat and bond because it provided a more firm surface to stitch through. Another option would be to stitch it on before you put the heat and bond on.
Next we pulled the paper backing off the heat and bond of our letters and placed them where we wanted them in our circles. These are not permanently applied until you iron them on!
We added embellishments and ribbon.
Then we pulled the paper backing off of the circle part, and we ironed it all down on the tote bag. (You may notice that I took the rhinestone off and added a white ghost button. Let's just say it involved my teeth and maybe a little bit of 'snarling' to get that rhinestone off!)
Then we tied some ribbon around one of the handles.
So simple and so cute! I can't wait to see Reece toting this around full of candy!