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Striped Canvas Tote Bag

I’m back in California! Chicago was a lot of fun but we’re glad to be home and back to our normal routines. We had activities planned from 9am-9pm everyday, which was fun and exhausting at the same time. Between New York and Chicago within a 2 week period, I’m ready for life to get back to normal. The kids really enjoyed Chicago but there were a few things I wish I had planned better. One of those being bringing something for my daughter to play with while we waited for the bus/taxi/train. It’s not anything we’re used to so it didn’t cross my mind that my toddler would get bored while waiting. As soon as we got back home I thought of a great idea to keep my daughter entertain on an upcoming trip next month. I decorated a small canvas tote bag to carry books, toys, or crayons in.

This may be the easiest craft project I’ve made. I simply purchased a small tote bag then used paint markers to paint stripes on it. Before we left I went shopping for some Elmer’s Painters at Walmart. I was excited to find out
that they now sell the paint markers individually for $1.97, which means I can pick
and choose what color(s) I need without having to buy a whole pack. I had a hard time narrowing down my choices.

I drew lines about 3/4 of an inch apart not worrying too much about how straight they were. I also only used one coat of paint to make the tote look weathered. After the paint dried I glued on a fabric rosette with some fabric scraps I had lying around.

It’s the perfect size for her miniature princess dolls. She was excited when I gave it to her and hasn’t let it out of her sight since. I like it so much I plan to make a large tote for myself. Then we’ll have customized mother and daughter tote bags. #ExpressYourself

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  1. That is supercute!! I love the design and colors you picked!!!

  2. That’s adorable-and so easy, I think I could do it;)

  3. Very cute! :)

  4. This is adorable, love those colors!! Thanks so much for sharing at Craft and Tell!

  5. That is just adorable!!!

  6. So cute! This would be a great summer project for my daughter!

  7. Super cute!

  8. This turned out, amazing!!! So simple yet so awesome!! I love that your store was fully stocked, mine was completely out! Hitting up another Walmart tomorrow, I will have every color at this price!!!

  9. That is adorable! I would like one too. :)

  10. So Darn cute! Great color choices!

  11. So cute! I have 3 of these laying in my fabric stash. Now I know what to do with them!

  12. Really cute … a beautiful idea !!!

  13. Wow that is so cute and easy to make! I would love for you to share this (and any other creations) at Pin It and Win It Wednesday @ http://www.cheapcraftymama.com– where you can win free ad-space on my blog!

  14. Very Cute!!!

  15. I think the flower makes the whole thing that much more adorable! Thanks for sharing at Handmade Tuesdays.

  16. I love this. I can’t believe it’s just a painting marker. I’m hosting my weekly link party right now and I’d love for you to join in at http://www.thenymelrosefamily.blogspot.com/2012/05/whimsy-wednesdays-11.html.

  17. This is so cute! I would love for you to link this up to “I Made This” at Grits & Giggles! http://gritsandgiggles.blogspot.com/2012/05/i-made-this-5.html

  18. SO cute, and looks easy to do… my little one would love a little tote like this one! :)

    I found you through the Delightfully Inspiring Thursday Party over at Delightful Order… God Bless! :)
    ~ Jess from The Colorful Ones

  19. I think these would make great reuseable gift bags as well–super cute! I’d love for you to link up your project at my party: http://qualitycheaphome.blogspot.com/2012/05/piece-of-cake-linky-party-7.html

    Hope to see you there!

  20. This is so stinkin’ cute! I seriously plan on making one of these for my little girl. She’s 2 and absolutely loves purses and bags to carry her little necessities in. There are so many possibilities with this method. Can’t wait to try it.

    If you have a chance, I’d love you to link up at my new link party, Off the Hook: http://daisycottagedesigns.blogspot.com/2012/05/introducing-off-hook-1.html

  21. This is super cute! I found this project on the Delightful Order link party. I think my daughter would love it! Thanks for sharing!

  22. This is a great idea! and great for kids. I will have to try this with my kids. I would love it if you would link up to The CSI Project.
    The challenge is chevron. every week is a new challenge and new giveaways. Come on over!

  23. So cute and summery! I love those pens, too.

  24. This tote bag is super fun and I could totally see my daughter carrying around all of her little princesses too. Great job!

  25. Where did you find the canvas tote? I made a bag for one of my girls with one I found laying around the house but I have no clue where it came from! Thanks =)

  26. this is just darling!

  27. Love the bag. I am going to have to try out those markers.

  28. this is too cute!
    thanks for linking up! I featured you post on my wrap up http://tidymom.net/2012/12-cool-ideas-for-summer/

    Have a great weekend!

  29. So cute! What is it about little girls that they can’t get enough bags/purses/totes? they must be preparing to be grown ups:) My daughter just hoards them!


  30. This is too cute!! Love your blog!! You have such cute ideas!! New Follower!

  31. This is a great idea,thanks for sharing.Would love to try something like this.

  32. Love, love, love this. Super cute and great color.

  33. How fun! I love the colors. I’d love for you to link it up to Crafty Cousins. http://crafting-cousins.blogspot.com/2012/05/what-i-wore-sunday-week-16.html


    Holla! We’re your newest followers! :)

  34. This striped canvas tote bag is so cute!! We are so glad you came to another week of our fun “Strut Your Stuff Saturday”. Please join us again! -The Sisters

  35. This is just ADORABLE!! Would LOVE it if you would link this project up at my brand new Trendy Tuesday party going on right now!! http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2012/05/trendy-tuesday-1.html

  36. Oh, how cute and easy! My daughter will love this idea, thanks so much for sharing!

  37. I love this little tote! I thought it was striped fabric when I saw it! I’d love for you to share the tutorial at my brand new link party: http://naptimedelights.blogspot.ca/2012/05/document.html

    - Sarah @ http://www.naptimedelights.blogspot.com

  38. I would love for you to share this on my linky party!
    Thanks, Marcie

  39. I love this I want to make one for my daughter! I featured this on Hoo’s got talent! Thanks for linking up to the party!

  40. Sharon Hardman says:

    How did you make the yellow flower on the purse and pillows? They are all so adoreable, great job on the patio

  41. This is so cute. Great idea. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this and any other posts. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party. It runs from Wednesday to Sundays.
    I hope to see you there. I am your newest follower, and I would love for your to follow me also. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above


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