DIY {doily canvas bag}

Thankfully everyone seems to be making a switch from plastic to lasting when it comes to shopping bags, so here’s another fun little tutorial on customizing one to make it oh so cute. You might notice a lot of doilies in my recent diy projects. Since I was getting so many ready for A Christmas Gathering I used a lot of the same materials…monograms seems to be pretty popular now too. My friend Cindy called while I was working on this and suggested I just go ahead a put a “W” on it for her, I happily obligied.
Supplies: Canvas bag ($2.00 when on sale at Hobby Lobby), fabric paint, paper doily, Krylon Paper Finishes Adhesive Spray1109canvasbag-01

Step 1: Spray doily with paper spray adhesive and press down on the bag (not shown). (Using Krylon Paper Finishes adhesive allows the doily to stick in place while you paint, but it easily pulls off without leaving a sticky mess behind after you paint.)

Step 2: Gently paint over the holes – I recommend paint meant for fabric, not crafts. I first used craft paint…fabric paint will be more durable.

Step 3: Peel back doily before paint dries. The doily might tear, just peel off the pieces.1109canvasbag-03

Bag after doily is removed1109canvasbag-05

I traced on my letter and filled it in with paint. I attempted to do a ‘freezer paper’ stencil, but guessed how to do it instead of reading instructions. My way did not work because I used wax paper thinking it was the same thing. It is not.¬† You can find freezer paper stencil directions here. I also ironed over it to heat set it a bit.1109canvasbag-07

My finished bag….1109canvasbag-09

Here’s some ideas for using it as a Christmas gift:

For a cook: fill it with cooking supplies

For a gardner: fill it with gardening supplies

For a teacher: lots of fake wood painted apples (I’m kidding)…maybe find out an activity they enjoy and do something related to that

For your favorite blog writer: lots of creative supplies from Hobby Lobby and Starbucks gift cards

You could go on and on with ideas here

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  • Rebekah Jean - This is one of my favorites from tonight. I’ve had a few tote bag ideas that I have sadly not found on Etsy. I’m so glad you posted this, now I can make those bags!

    I have one question…will the paint eventually wear off as the bag is washed?

  • bopha - this one was my favorite because it is so simple but looks so intricate, love it!

  • Melissa Shepard - You were awesome lastnight, great job! With my four kids I have 15 school teachers, not to mention all of their mentors at church so I can’t afford gift cards for all. I love this bag and my kids and I will be making it for them.

  • Melissa Shepard - Any ideas for guy teachers?

  • Lesley - I love this one! So cute.

  • meredith - You were amazing! Such great ideas!! Just wish I had not waited till night#2 to stay for your segment….I spoke to 1000 women 2 nights in a row and called the stuff “MODGEPODGE”!!! What can I say? I’ve been wrong for YEARS! Thanks for setting me straight, Ash! :)

  • amanda torres - Love all your ideas as usual! You are too funny on the ideas for your favorite blog writer. Way to sneak that one in girl!

  • Leigh Ann - I already know how I’m making this idea for! She will be thrilled with it, so simple!

  • julie williams - this was by far by favorite idea!!!! I love it and can’t wait to make it! you were so great…and I thought you were funny!! great job!

  • julie williams - oh…and this would work great for me…i’ll fight cindy for it!! :)

  • Melissa - I LOVE this idea!!! Ok, if I had a denim bag, what color paint would you use? Also, is there any technique (bleach etc.) that you would use to jazz it up a bit?

  • Allison - What adhesive did you use, and is there a secret to applying the paint so it doesn’t seep outside of the doily creating a mess?

  • Janis - Just wanted to let you know this wonderful DIY made my Link Love this today.

    Hope you stop by to check it out.
    http://whitealderhome.blogspot.com/2009/11/link-love_23.html

    Thanks
    Janis

  • AshleyAnn - I recommend paint that is intended for fabric over the craft paint for durability. On a denim bag I would go with whatever color you like and there are tons of ways to jazz it up according to your personal preference. On the spray adhesive, I used the type that is made for getting paper to stick to paper…it is sticky enough to get the doily to stay in place (once pressed down hard), but not so sticky that you can’t take the doily off once done. It is with the scrapbooking stuff…it is called Krylon Paper Finishes Adhesive Spray

  • Meagan - Really cute!

  • Claire - Love this! Would be great to use as your gift bag to house your gift(s) too!

  • natalie - so beautiful! thanks for sharing.

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  • Nic - Too cute! I hope I have time to try this one.

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  • Mary - I guess you cannot wash this bag, though, right?

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  • Kristina R. - What a great idea. I can see that this will need to be put on my To Do list of crafts for 2010. I think I will make a bunch and use them as my “wrapping paper” for birthday and other gifts.

  • Sue - Love!
    Thank you for this idea…I’m going to use this for my teenage nieces and fill the bags with stationary I found that has their initials…brilliant! :)

  • Ann - Love this project! I’m totally going to use it for gift giving over the holidays!

  • sk - that’s great!! thank you for sharing!

  • Cat - Okay, this is now my new favorite craft. I have decided to give all of my family members tote bags stuffed with homemade canned delectables for Christmas, given that none of us has a lot of money to spend right now.

    Went to the nearest Hobby Lobby today (never been there before – wow) and here are some things I have learned that others might find helpful:

    1. Be sure to get the 12″ size doilies. I bought the 10″ size and the holes are too small.

    2. Flat or “soft” fabric paint is what you’re looking for here. I had no clue and spent awhile working that out.

    3. Be sure to buy bags large enough. I bought the Me & My Bags but the largest they had were the 13.5 x 13.5 bags which are smaller than I’d actually like.

    4. I searched on the Internet for bulk canvas bags, and found this storefront: http://www.thetshirtwarehouse.com They sell blank canvas bags. I just purchased 12 off eBay that are 15×16 with 22″ handles (good for groceries) for about $17 + $7-something shipping. When I worked out the cost per bag with shipping included it came to $2.09 per bag, pretty close to the $2 Hobby Lobby sale price.

    5. I tried washing one bag as the paint I bought says to wash fabric before painting on it. Big mistake. 100% cotton, washed in cold water, still shrunk far too much.

    6. I’m going to by Krylon adhesive for the next one I try after I get my new bags and bigger doily stencils. My first one came out a bit of a mess without it.

    Figure I should make it easy for others to learn from my rookie mistakes! :)

  • Laureb - I LOVE this bag! I love it so much that I am making all of my girl friends and relatives one for Christmas. It’s so easy to make and it looks awesome when it is done. Thank you so much! :D

  • Natalie - Wow! Love this bag..can’t wait to try it! Thanks!!!!

    I love your site, just found it.

    :)

  • Sheryl - I love the font. What is it??

  • maddy - This is amazing. I am going to make so many of these. Thanks so much.

  • Katie @ Haute Apple Pie - Adorable! I’m a sucker for monograms and this project looks so pretty and easy! Great job!

  • AshleyAnn - Sheryl – sorry I don’t remember what font that was….

  • Brooke Hammond - I would love to showcase you Tote doily bag on my website. Can you please send my your picture and link so that I can link it back to you? Thank you for your consideration.

    Thanks,
    Brooke Hammond

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  • Ysa - Wow it’s cool ~ i like it =)

  • K @ Prudent and Practical - Love this! The first person I thought of was Mom – she always carries a bag in addition to her purse. Thanks!

  • Pam - Very cute!

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  • Jamie - Cat – thank you for your helpful tips! Where does one find the letters? And if I’m getting this right -they’re painted on, not ironed on? Thanks!

  • Erin K - Oh gosh, now I have to do this. Love it. Great job!!

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  • G - Fantastic design! If you already have craft paint, you can buy a bottle of fabric paint medium, to make the acrylic paint more durable and flexible for fabric projects. It only costs $1-$2 and you just mix it half and half with the paint.

  • Things I love this week « Meghan_E’s Blog - [...] Canvas bags, decorated with fabric paint, and not an ounce of cheesiness to be found. Instructions with photos here. [...]

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  • Chaglam - It’s amazing!

  • Katie - This is gorgeous!!!

  • BookBaker - One word. AWESOME! :)

  • Every Last Detail Blog » Blog Archive » DIY Gift: Canvas Tote - [...] this pretty tote on Design*Sponge, and when I discovered that the DIY instructions were on the Ashley Ann Photography blog, I definitely had to try it [...]

  • Dana - Ashley,

    Thanks for the great DIY project. :) Made mine today and it turned out great!

    For Sheryl, the font is Californian (it’s on Microsoft Word 2007). I was just fiddling around, trying to find the font. Thankfully, C is at the beginning of the alphabet. hahaha.

  • Heidi - Cute! Also for a teacher… throw in an air freshener (like a Bath & Body Wallflower). Especially if they teach middle school…. our rooms always smell. ;)

  • Jen @ Just for Rachel - So cute!! I love it! What a great idea using the doily!

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  • Jo Anne Buford - Wow! I love this! I do think you need to wash the bag first. Experience tells me the sizing needs to be washed away in order to get the paint to adhere. Sorry if this is a repeat-the print is so small.

  • migdalia - it’s beautifullllllllllllllllllllllllllllll.

  • kathryn - wow! i just tried this tonight, and it worked perfectly! now that i have that spray adhesive, i see all sorts of uses for it in the future. thanks for sharing this project!

  • Sam - This s brilliant!!! simple and gorgeous!

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  • barbara jean - LOVE IT!!

    thank you

    blessings

    barbara jean

  • brandi - Oops. I let the paint dry before I removed the doily. It left this cool distressed look, but any suggestions to get the dried paper bits off without totally ruining the paint?

  • Brandi Bradley - Oops. I let the paint dry before I removed the doily. It left this distressed look, but is there any way to get the dried paper bits off?

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  • jenny - LOVE IT!! I hope it¬īs ok if i show it on my blog?

  • Camilla Fabbri - Love this idea!

  • Michelle - I made some of your these totes and they are super cute. Thanks for teh great & easy tutorial Ashley! You can see mine here: http://chellevw.blogspot.com/2010/01/tote.html

  • Katie - I love this! Doilies are one of my favorite things to use as “stencils”, so this is right up my alley! Thanks for sharing. :)

  • Andrea - I love this idea…I host a get together once a month called The Christmas Club. We make something to give away for Christmas gifts, so that at the end of the year we are prepared for the Holidays! I am going to use this idea for one of our Clubs.
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Megan - Question – When you talk about the freezer paper, what did you use that for? This bag is PRECIOUS!

  • Diane-DB Impressions - That is so adorable!!! I’ve got just the bag waiting for something fun on it, and I hadn’t been able to decide what in the world to do…..now I know!!!! Thank you for the tutorial!

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  • Robyn Lee - Love this idea… I’m going to have to use it!

  • marybeth - wow, what a simple yet striking project. can’t wait to try it.

  • Allison - I loved this bag so much I made one for myself immediately! It turned out so beautifully, I just made another as a gift for a friend. I also went crazy and started stenciling tea towels and those faux-pashmina scarves that are so in style right now using the same method! Thank you so much.

  • gill - That is a lovely bag, well done on an excellent tutorial

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  • Aurora - Holy cow I’m going to make this right now!! Thanks for such a great idea! Oh, and I’m just going to use mine as my new purse!

  • kristi - Ashley, this was a fantastic idea! I’m using your idea and giving you the credit on my Tuesday post. My blog is: http://www.kristi-kikiscorner.blogspot.com

    Thanks for sharing this.

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  • Gina A. - Oh I love this! And how easy!! :) I know a new project for xmas presents!!

  • SHARON PUTMAN - Your children are wonderful and your photos are amazing…what a cute family!
    Can’t wait to try your bag!

  • Libby - I tried to do this doily technique on a painted canvas that I had transferred a photo onto with Golden gel medium but the paint soaked through the doily and it ended up looking like a big black blob, any tips? Thanks!

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  • TidyMom - Thanks for this great tutorial and idea!!…..I thought I had left a comment a while back, but I don’t see one, so I wanted to be sure to thank you for the idea, and I linked to you in my post today about the one I made!! http://tidymom.net/monogram-stenciled-canvas-bag

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  • Tessa - What a wonderful project!! I painted my bags today and I have already received multiple compliments! I used lowercase initials with times new roman font. I am very happy with the final product! I have already shared the link to this wonderful project with many of my friends!

  • Debra - That bag just blew my mind. It’s truly amazing the simple things you can do to make something so great. Great job!

  • Nancy Ward - Hi!

    Wanted you to know I posted a link to this tutorial today on my blog, PaperFriendly.

    Nancy Ward
    PaperFriendly
    http://www.nancywardcrafts.com

  • Emily - LOVE IT! I can’t wait to make one. I’m addicted to freezer paper stencils but I never thought of using a doily. I wonder where I can find those little paper doilies at?

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  • Michelle S - This is awesome! I’m making one and showing it at my mom’s group as one of our craft suggestions for easy gifts. And congrats on it making it to a Woman’s Day feature!!

  • JenMarie - LOVE this! Saw it in Woman’s Day and came to your blog!!

  • Sarah - Pretty! I love the idea of using it as a Christmas gift bag.

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  • Laura - Just tried this idea yesterday and it worked perfectly! The bag is so cute. I also added a black ribbon trim to the top which is a nice touch.

    check out my blog if you get a chance: almostartful.blogspot.com

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  • Jessie - If I may make a suggestion…

    I tried this last year with disastrous results– the paint seeped right through the doily and all I had was a big circular blob on my bag. I persevered, though, and tried again this year, but with a foil doily this time- and it came out perfectly!

    So, to avoid headache and save on bags, I would recommend using foil doilies!

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  • Tracie - I don’t know what I’m doing wrong, but I have attempted 3 and they all look terrible. :( UGH…..
    It looks like maybe the paint bled – as the edges are not real defined.
    Such a GREAT gift idea!!!

  • Krystal - Can you tell me how you just ‘traced’ the letter on your bag, when you gaveup the stencil method?
    I tried to make some yesterday (super last minute) but I’m staying out-of-town at my husband’s parent’s house, and they don’t have an exacto knife here to make a stencil w/ freezer paper. I’m pretty good at hand painting/cutting/drawing, I just need some help on the technique you used to get the perfect font design on your bag without a stencil. I know it’s Christmas Eve, but if you have a moment to advise, that would be so helpful! So I can give these to my husband’s mom & sister tomorrow.

    Thanks so much, & you have a beautiful blog, & this was an amazing project!
    Happy Christmas :)
    Krystal, StarGaiz@gmail.com

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  • Meghan - ooh I love this! I’m definitely going to give it a try

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  • adita perez-alfaro - Espectacular el bolso y la forma de hacerlo.
    Felicidades.

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  • Vicky - Me ha gustado mucho este proyecto

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  • Karen - I really enjoyed your blog! I wrote about your monogram tote bag in my blog, the given thought.
    You are welcome to read it if you like :)
    http://www.thegiventhougth.com
    Best, wishes,
    Karen

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  • Melisa - Making this…TODAY. I love the legos on the table in the picture above. Is this my house? hmm.

  • Clydia - Great idea! I love it…and I just might try it this weekend. XOXO

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  • Lisa - Thanks so much for sharing this!! I just completed 4 bags for my junior bridesmaids in less than 30 mins! Awesome, easy, and gorgeous project! :)

  • ginger de gu√≠a - I HAVE TO SHARE DIS ON MY BLOG! THIS IS SOOOOO LOVELY!!!

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  • Joy - LOVE this!!!!!! I am using this as part of our craft time at my Local MOPS group tomorrow. I blogged about it over at my blog (giving you full credit). Thanks for the great idea.

  • Dani Marie - Love this! Just wanted to let you know I included it in my 2011 Ultimate Gift Guide (101 tutorials/recipes)! Check it out: http://danimariedesigns.blogspot.com/2011/10/2011-ultimate-diy-gift-guide.html

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  • Anna - Love, love, love. The chicest of things really comes from the simplest of things. This proves it.

  • Dorria embroidery design - soooooo creative and lovely bag ,thank you , and I will try it and follow your projects …… thanks alot

  • Jasenda Thompson - I just created 13 of these as out of town bags for the guests at my wedding. I am so pleased with the final product and it was so easy to do! Great idea for this bride on a budget!

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  • Jennifer - Love these, pinned them and did them!! Thanks for the inspiration!
    ~Jen @ hutchinsonherd.blogspot.com

  • DIY Bridesmaid Gifts, DIY Tote, Handmade Note Cards | Diva Entertains Blog - [...] Designs.¬† In her post she explains how to do the letter or monogram.¬† For the doily imprint, the tutorial is here at Under The Sycamore.¬† Inexpensive canvas totes can be purchased at craft [...]

  • DIY {doily canvas bag} | whim and tonic - [...] This is the greatest idea – super simple, personalized gift. Check out the following photos to give you a run down on the steps to your finished product. ¬†Find the original mastermind’s “how-to” here. [...]

  • crafts-projects | Pearltrees - [...] DIY {doily canvas bag} ¬Ľ ashleyannphotography.com Step 1 : Spray doily with paper spray adhesive and press down on the bag (not shown). (Using Krylon Paper Finishes adhesive allows the doily to stick in place while you paint, but it easily pulls off without leaving a sticky mess behind after you paint.) [...]

  • 25 Shopping Bag Tutorials - darlingadventures.com - [...] Doily Canvas Bag – Under the [...]

  • Monogram Stenciled Canvas Bag « makanista - [...] you can draw/trace a letter on, and¬†paint by hand, like Ashley did [...]

  • Ginny - What a great tutorial – it combines my loves of shopping, crafting, and being green! I like it so much, I included it on my blog… http://darlingadventures.com/?p=635
    Thanks!

  • DIY: Painted Tote Bag - [...] I found a quick and easy craft by Ashley Ann at Under the Sycamore (tutorial from Ashley found here).¬† A quick stop at Dollarama for doilies and tote bags (I was hoping for canvas ones, but could [...]

  • aleis (leisy) | Pearltrees - [...] DIY {doily canvas bag} ¬Ľ ashleyannphotography.com Step 1 : Spray doily with paper spray adhesive and press down on the bag (not shown). (Using Krylon Paper Finishes adhesive allows the doily to stick in place while you paint, but it easily pulls off without leaving a sticky mess behind after you paint.) Step 2 : Gently paint over the holes ‚Äď I recommend paint meant for fabric, not crafts. I first used craft paint‚Ķfabric paint will be more durable. [...]

  • Lemon & Lime Event Design » Blog Archive : sunday funday: mother’s day DIY gifts - [...] for myself?! The above DIY ideas were featured on the following blogs: 1. doily canvas bag¬†via¬†under the sycamore 2. mason jar pincushions¬†via¬†stolen moments 3. fabric covered notebooks¬†via¬†the brides diary 4. [...]

  • Emilia - This is fabulous.

  • A DIY to try! Canvas Monogram Totes « Kensington Lane - [...] this weekend I had a little time to spare, and I decided to make these adorable little totes for my bridesmaids. ¬†The end result? Cute little totes for [...]

  • Mother’s Day Gift Ideas {Simple Craft Ideas} - [...] {Monogrammed Tote Bag}¬† [...]

  • family and strawberries. « the ringer family - [...] was some gift giving. I channeled my inner crafter and decorated a canvas bag for my mom, using this tutorial. It was super easy and I think you could do lots of cute stuff with it, depending on your level of [...]

  • The MySavvyWay Blog - [...] 6. DIY Monogrammed Tote Bag – $2 for Materials! This entry was posted in Fashion, Beauty & Health, Home, Organizing & Decor, Kids & Family, Life & Inspirations, Recipes & Food, Savings, Coupons, & Deals and tagged Aaron Throw Pillow, Bright Pashminas, DIY, DIY Monogrammed Tote Bag, etsy, fab.com, Garden in a Bag at Inhabit Shop, Hannah Blount Jewelry, Harney & Sons Mother's Day Tea Set, Inhabit Shop, mother's day, valentina ramos. Bookmark the permalink. ← Mother’s Day Brunch! [...]

  • Flee - Just came across this randomly, but thought it was a cool idea! I just made two of them today, for my mom and mother-in-law for mother’s day :) Turned out great!

  • c√©lia - En fran√ßais ! : C’est super g√©nial!! et r√©ellement magnifique!!

  • Coups de coeur de la semaine | Lagouache - [...] Source :¬†http://ashleyannphotography.com/blog/2009/11/21/diy-doily-canvas-bag/ [...]

  • Joelle - Please tell me what I am doing wrong!!! I’ve tried this 3 times now and it looks nothing like yours. Do you let the paint set a little after you’ve painted it on before pulling the doily off or do you paint and then pull the doily?!? Any help would be appreciated.

  • Silver - This is such a cute idea! Thanks for sharing it :)

  • Claire - very cool idea! i like the possibility of personalizing my things, and i really love your site design!

  • Doily Canvas Bag « that's so Pinteresting! - [...] pinterest that I do, then you‚Äôve surely seen the adorable doily canvas bag. Originally posted on this website way back in 2009, it holds its fashionable senses and looks just easy enough to do that I think [...]

  • Amanda - Thank you for this tutorial! I used slightly different doilies but made these today for my bridesmaids and I LOVE them! I am pretty inexperienced when it comes to DIY projects and I found this one totally accessible. I am so pleased with how mine came out.

  • Crafting with Doilies and Other Things | One Girl Geek - [...] a good use for them as soon as possible. So, I did a quick search for doily crafts and came across this tutorial on how to make a simple painted bag with just a doily and some fabric paint. Here are the results: [...]

  • Tony J - My wife makes these totes by hand. She even add the names to the bags for that little bit of extra customization.

    Checkout some pictures on my Facebook page

    http://www.facebook.com/tony.jackson.35762241

  • {Crafty Thursdays} | babushka blondie - [...] Today I made myself a doily canvas bag with my first name initial on it! I received the idea here from Ashley Ann in her blog Under the Sycamore! It was such an amazing idea and I just had to have [...]

  • Travel Handmade: Canvas Bag Make-overs | Sewing Summit - [...] Iron-on Typographic Tote Bag with How About Orange – Geometric Stenciled Tote Bag with Modern Mom – Doily Canvas Bag with Ashley Ann Photography – Raffia Tote Bag with Martha Stewart – Ombre Heart & Striped Tote [...]

  • Doily Monogrammed Gift Bags « Stamping Elephants - [...] seeing this post over on Under the Sycamore I knew that I just had to give it a [...]

  • Cybele - You could also cut out the letter from the doily before you stick it with the paper adhesive, and do all the painting at once.

  • Do You Make or Buy Your Holiday Gifts? – Simply Stated Blogs | Real Simple - [...] Personalized Doily Tote Bags from Under the Sycamore by Ashley Ann [...]

  • Phoebe O. - While reading this post, I was also wondering the kind of paint that will surely not mess the project. But I saw a comment raising this issue already. Anyways, it‚Äôs really a cool stuff to be working on a DIY that considers the environment. The customization idea that you wrote here makes me think of having an ‚ÄúR‚ÄĚ on my bag.

  • Sara - Where did you get the canvas bag? I’ve looked EVERYWHERE – the bags I’ve found are either too small, dyed to look like a natural canvas color (with a very unnatural result), or have pockets. I love the size, dimensions, and color of yours. I’ve been to Michael’s, hobby lobby, JoAnne’s Fabric, Walmart, and looked at several online stores. I love this idea and am looking forward to finally being able to make one!

  • With This Ring Wedding Blog - [...] you opt for the DIY route, check out the link I referenced above or this great project from Ashley Ann Photography.¬† She used a doily to make a custom print, which might be a little overwhelming depending on the [...]

  • 17 Projects for Mother’s Day that Kids Can Make - [...] Doily Canvas Bag¬†by Ashley Ann Photography [...]

  • Do You Give Grandkid Presents for Mother's Day? - [...] a plain-cloth grocery bag¬†from most dollar stores and pull out the fabric [...]

  • monkeycocoa - is it machine washable?

  • Go Green by Making Your Own Re-usable Grocery Bags | DIY - [...] Then just hand stitch it over any logo on the bags that you have. Now your bags are personalized. http://ashleyannphotography.com/blog/2009/11/21/diy-doily-canvas-bag/ ¬† ¬† Now, if you prefer, you can actually make your own grocery bags from the fabric of your [...]

  • The MySavvyWay Blog - [...] 6. DIY Monogrammed Tote Bag – $2 for Materials! This entry was posted in Family & Kids, Food & Drink, Home & Decor, Inspiration, Savings & Deals, Style & Beauty and tagged Aaron Throw Pillow, Bright Pashminas, DIY, DIY Monogrammed Tote Bag, etsy, fab.com, Garden in a Bag at Inhabit Shop, Hannah Blount Jewelry, Harney & Sons Mother's Day Tea Set, Inhabit Shop, mother's day, valentina ramos. Bookmark the permalink. ← Mother’s Day Brunch! Congrats to the Grads! → [...]

  • Mother’s Day Gift Guide! ‚Äď My Savvy Way - [...] 6. DIY Monogrammed Tote Bag – $2 for Materials! [...]

  • Paper or Plastic? Chalkboard Please! | Tech in the Classroom Made Easy - [...] paint tote bag¬†using inexpensive canvas bag, fabric paint, and chalkboard paint. You can add a¬†monogram¬†with¬†fabric paint,¬†applique¬†or¬†machine embroidery. Some appliques require sewing and some [...]

  • Ashley - Soooooo cute

  • NatuREvolution.it - [...] Borsa per la spesa decorata a mano [...]

  • 13 Easy DIY Gifts for Teachers - [...] ¬†DIY Monogram Tote Bag {Totes}¬†~¬†This is a tutorial for a super chic tote bag made for under $5.00! All you need is a canvas [...]

  • Sue - What did you use to paint the “stencil” with? I made this tonight and “dabbed” with a sponge. Areas of it look more like a psychological testing picture. This is a wonderful idea but need to try again on the reverse side to get the process down before I purchase another bag.

  • 5 Mother's Day DIY Gift Ideas | HaveDeals Blog - […] Initial Canvas Bag Create a monogrammed canvas tote for your mom.¬† With monograms rising in popularity, what mother […]

  • 25 DIY Bridesmaid Gifts - EverythingEtsy.com - […] Doily Personalized Canvas Bag ‚Äď Under the Sycamore […]

  • 20 Inexpensive Homemade Gift Ideas | The Thrifty Frugal Mom - […] DOILY CANVAS BAG These doily canvas bags are so creative and could be used for all sorts of things.¬† You could even save yourself the job […]

  • Lydia @ The Thrifty Frugal Mom - Hi! I couldn’t find contact info for you but wanted to let you know that I loved this tutorial so much that I featured it on my blog at Parents.com as part of a homemade gift ideas post. Hope it creates some traffic for you!

  • Pap√≠r tortacsipke dekor√°ci√≥ ‚ÄĒ Dekorella - […] Esk√ľv?kre kifejezetten aj√°nlom, hiszen eleg√°ns megjelen√©s√©vel seg√≠t el?kel?v√© tenni a nagy esem√©nyt. Lehet √ľltet?k√°rtya, megh√≠v√≥ d√≠sz√≠t√©s, k√∂sz√∂n? aj√°nd√©k doboz√°n dekor√°ci√≥ vagy t√∂lcs√©rr√© hajtogatva rizst is sz√≥rhatunk bel?le. Aj√°nd√©k d√≠szcsomagol√°s√°t is k√∂nnyen l√°tv√°nyoss√°, egyediv√© tehetj√ľk a seg√≠ts√©g√©vel. […]

  • 6 (Easy!) DIY Bridesmaid Gifts - The Knot Blog - […] Photo: Under The Sycamore […]

  • 6 (Easy!) DIY Bridesmaid Gifts | Weddings In Rhode Island - […] Photo: Under The Sycamore […]

  • 6 (Easy!) DIY Bridesmaid Gifts - Wedding Obsessions | The Knot - […] doily and freezer paper stencils help you paint on this cute monogram to a canvas tote. Follow¬†this post¬†to make the personalised bags, then give them to your bridesmaids filled with day-of essentials […]

  • Anita Solis - This is so adorable!! When you are at the ironing step, do you wait until the paint is fully dry? I know, silly question but I just wanted to know. And can you wash the canvas bag or not, maybe I just didn’t read all the comments?

  • Frugal Christmas Gift Ideas - Saving Cent by Cent - […] Doily Canvas Bags¬†- These doily canvas bags are creative and cute! Just pick up¬†a canvas bag ($2.00 when on sale at Hobby Lobby), fabric paint, paper doily, and Krylon Paper Finishes Adhesive Spray. […]

  • Holiday Gift Guide: DIY - The Amy Issue - […] 4. Monogram Canvas Bag […]

  • Doily Stencil Tote | Mama's Style - […] shared my fair share of projects using doily’s as stencils. This cute canvas tote bag that’s been given a fresh and unique look by painting over cheap paper doily’s is from […]

  • DIY Bridesmaids Gifts | Ideas For Homemade Bridal Party Favors:Wedding - […] on hand with a brand new bag. We fell in love with this hobo knot tote and the simplicity of this doily print tote bag. Got a glamorous crew? They‚Äôre more likely to dig a glitter tote and matching […]

  • The One with the Bridesmaids’ Gifts | - […] found a tutorial online on how to make these cute canvas bags here and used it to write each bridesmaid√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘs initial in either navy or yellow, with a gray doily […]

  • Gifting the Bridesmaids: DIY Monogram Totes | - […] their goodies, but I found a lot of monogrammable bags online to be fairly expensive. When I found this tutorial, I had the perfect solution! I pretty much followed Ashley√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘs instructions, but I will still […]

  • 13 DIY Bridesmaid Gift Ideas | Teal and Coral - […] 10. Doily Stamped Canvas Tote […]

  • 17 Projects for Mother's Day that Kids Can Make - Meet Penny - […] Doily Canvas Bag¬†by Ashley Ann Photography […]

  • Celebrate mom on the cheap with these DIY gifts | SimpleTuition - […] Pick up a simple blank tote bag and let your creativity run wild! Mom will love to show all her friends her hand-crafted masterpiece. […]

  • D√≠a de la madre | Con estas mis manitas - […] 6. ashleyannphotography.com […]

  • Cara - What brand Doilies did you use? I did not like the patterns of the ones at Michaels/AC moore

  • Sasha - So love this idea! Simple and so elegant. I will be giving this a go for sure :) Thanks for the post, Sasha

  • DIY Monogrammed Tote | Maria Simply Smiling - […] was inspired by this tutorial¬†I found while browsing Pinterest one day, and decided it looked easy enough to do. The tutorial […]

  • Parent Haven- DIY Birthday Chalkboard | haven111 - […] is at the reach of your fingers via the Internet. Therefore without further ado, I came across the Under the Sycamore¬†site which featured a homemade canvas tote featuring dolly design with monogramed letter. Her […]

  • Emma - Quite simple but looking so great. Thanks for sharing.

  • Monique Clouatre - Could the bags be done with burlap using a different Inside material to make it stronger.

    Please answer me and I like what you do.

    Thanks,

    Monique

  • 40+ Amazing Mother’s Day Gifts - […] Doily Canvas Bag – Thankfully everyone seems to be making a switch from plastic to lasting when it comes to […]

  • Gazco Studio 3 - I love these one…….

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