diy heart print bag

Tote bags are undoubtably very useful but I don’t think there’s any excuse for them not to look nice whilst doing their job. Here’s a simple idea to give a plain canvas tote some life. Personally I think everything you need can be bought most reasonably from Ebay. All you need is….
  • a plain canvas tote bag (or you could make one very simply)
  • a speedball carving kit and a scalpel
  • pencil
  • all purpose glue
  • a square of cardboard and a A4 sheet of card
  • black fabric paint
  • 1 square of gold leaf
  • matte Mod Podge and a small paint brush
  1. Cut a square of the rubber from your kit and draw a heart shape in pencil. Carve chunks of the rubber away to leave the heart shaped raised. Using your all purpose glue, stick the rubber stamp to your card board as a backing.
  2. Put your card sheet inside the bag to prevent the ink seeping through.You can mark out where you want your hearts to go with a pencil or just freestyle. I painted the fabric paint onto the stamp because I like the textured affect you get when it prints. Once covered press down firmly and remove. Repeat all over, leaving a gap for your foiled heart.
  3. Once the black hearts are dry you can mark out the outline for the foiled heart. I actually stamped a heart with gold fabric paint to make the shape consistent. Then cover the area with Mod Podge using a delicate brush and gently put the foil over the top, lightly pressing down (do not rub). Leave to dry and pull off the edges. If edges need neatening up, use a little more glue and the spare foil. Cover with two layers of Mod Podge, allowing to dry in between.
  4. Once everything has dried you can iron the bag flat, avoiding the foiled heart and then you’re ready to use your creation.

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