Canvas Tote Bag

The following craft tutorial was first posted on my first blog: Love2Bloom, three years ago.

Hello there! Start of the week, end of the month and I’m feeling the DIY muse mighty strong.  A couple of months ago I had fallen in love with some fabric squares posted on Instagram by One Shabby Chick Hawaii. Why the instant love?  Because they had the cutest vintage typewriters on them and I’m always on the lookout for something “cute” to reignite and motivate the writer in me.  Not the blogger writer, blogging is my fun writing outlet, but the “I’ve been working on this stinkin’ novel and novella of short stories for the past two decades, haven’t finished and yes, I know that makes me a loser but when I do publish it’s going to knock your socks off!” kind of writer.

Blogging and DIY are huge procrastination tools for me.  I also stave off my writing duties with cooking, crocheting, instagraming, face booking, twitting, sleeping, gardening and cleaning my house.  Now, I really believe that the book gestating inside my brain for the past decade or so is a possible winner, but my old friends of “fear” and “insecurity” keep insisting on hanging out with me. I know they’re bringing me down, but I just can’t shake them. I need a BFF  break up plan!
What would be the best way to let these two down easy and minimize the withdrawal pains for me of their constant second guessing and criticism? Self-sabatoge can be such an addiction. Oh. Wow. Wait. Now that’s something I wasn’t prepared to explore.  Okay, well thank goodness for this post topic. Yes, back to the topic of this post. I can tackle that other heavy topic another day.  For now, let me show you what I made with the vintage typewriter fabric square.
Canvas Tote Bag 2

Materials Needed:

1 plain and sturdy canvas bag
1 fabric square with image
3 felt squares in complimenting colors
1 contrast fabric square
Embroidery thread
Embelishment trimming

Step One: Figure out in what order you want your squares to lie on the bag.  Play around with the color of the embroidery thread for each square as well, and placement of trimming. When you are satisfied with the look..

Step Two: Cut the squares out so that each will sit nicely inside the other. (NOTE: As with most of my on the fly DIY projects, I don’t worry too much about measurements.  I just eye ball it and go for it! If you would like a neater appearance, please feel free to measure each square and border around each one. To each their own. Whatever works and keeps the crafting fun and easy.)

Step Three: Once you have the squares cut out, you can begin to stitch one on top of each other, using embroidery thread and a straight stitch (I hand sewed each piece because I didn’t want to wake my household with the whrrrr and shaking of my old sewing machine but you could easily use a sewing machine, here)

Step Four: Next, add the embellishments and continue to stitch each square to the canvas bag. (You will continue to repeat Steps 3 and 4 until the bag is finished.)

Canvas Tote Bag 3


Canvas Tote Bag 4


Canvas Tote Bag 5

Thanks for strolling down memory lane with me.
 – Mona

2 thoughts on “Canvas Tote Bag

    1. Thanks for letting me know. I reloaded them and hopefully that should fix things. If not, sorry about that but the instructions are pretty simple and one should be able to follow without pictures. Thanks again, Mona


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