• Blank Canvas Tutorials: Fishy Pool Tote

    Photography on the final images is by Liz Daly, a San Francisco based photographer

    Hey guys! I’m starting a new weekly tutorial series today all about decorating and personalizing the plain canvas tote which has recently become a trendy purse replacement. I love the possibilities of making the plain canvas tote your own, especially since the materials are super budget friendly.

    PS You can buy plain canvas totes here for under $2 each.

    This first blank canvas tutorial is a cute fishy pool tote to carry around your towels, toys and any other snacks and reading material for a day at the pool or beach. It involves both freezer paper stenciling and simple embroidery which I promise is way easier than it seems (if you’ve never done it before, check out this project here for embroidery techniques).

    Keep reading to see the full tutorial…

    To make the scalloped ocean:

    1. Measure the width of your tote bag and cut a piece of freezer stencil about 4 inches high in that length.

    2. Using something round like a ramekin, trace small circles that are at least 1/2 inch from the bottom. Try to make them as even as possible.

    3. Cut out the shape and iron it onto the top of your tote.

    4. Fill in all the rest of the tote below the scallops with fabric paint and let dry completely.

    To make the embroidered fish:

    1. Draw the fish design on a piece of paper first to practice, then using it as a guide, make small pricks with your embroidery needle where you want to make each stitch.

    2. Then, following your pricked guide, start embroidering along the design of the fish. You can use this post as an embroidery help if you need it.

    3. Make a simple half moon eye and small bubbles coming up to the surface. I also made a baby fish following behind.

    Are you into the canvas tote bag trend?


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    2. Maggie said… September 7, 2012 12:06 pm

      Silly question but what size bag are you using for these projects? Thanks so much!

    3. Jorina said… August 21, 2012 2:50 am

      Really cute idea. I’ve been experimenting with printing/painting designs onto tote bags lately but I haven’t done anything like this, I might try it out!

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    5. Lulu said… August 16, 2012 6:35 am

      Can you please specify what size tote was used? Thanks!!

    6. Lulu said… August 16, 2012 6:33 am

      Can you specify which size tote was used? Thanks!

    7. Elizabeth Miller said… August 15, 2012 5:48 pm

      Love it! Very fun series

    8. Wendy Ballsterw said… August 15, 2012 12:55 pm

      I love this project! Where do you buy the cheap totes?

    9. Melissa Paynem said… August 15, 2012 12:26 pm

      Very cute! And where is your outfit from! Love the skirt and tank

      • Liz Stanley said… August 15, 2012 1:06 pm

        Thanks Melissa! The skirt is from Gap outlet and the tank is from J.Crew

    10. Melissa said… August 15, 2012 11:50 am

      So cute! I love canvas totes; they are so useful and so customizable!

    11. Lexy said… August 15, 2012 11:16 am

      Ah yes. The tote. It’s a magical thing. Can’t wait to see what you do with it!

    12. Ashley | Sugar & Cloth said… August 15, 2012 10:20 am

      Love the idea of this column! So cute and original 🙂

    13. Heather Mills said… August 15, 2012 10:07 am

      What a great bag! Excited to see the other tote projects you have up your sleeve. Very cute embroidery details.

    14. THE STEL STYLE said… August 15, 2012 10:05 am

      I love your bag!!! it’s so cute!!!

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