iLovetoCreate Peaceful Heart World Tote

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by Sue Shinseki, iLovetoCreate

iLovetoCreate Peaceful Heart World Tote

You’'ve got the whole world on your ecofriendly tote with a creative spin of using some old khakis and fabric paints. The olive branch crown symbolizes abundance and peace as you fittingly celebrate Earth Day by making a reusable bag that kicks plastic bags to the curb.

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:1 hour

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Allow paint to dry between applications. Project time does not include this drying time. Note: if using a store-bought tote, start at step 7.
  • 2
    Cut waistband off of pants with scissors (cut about 3/4 inch below bottom waistband seam for seam allowance). Measure waist. Cut pant legs into tote front and back adding 1/2 inch seam allowance on each side to the width measurement taken from waistband. Cut a 2 inch x 2 inch notch out of bottom corners of tote front and back. (This will give you approximate depth of 4 inch to your tote. Tip: decrease what you cut if you are making a smaller tote). Cut remaining pant leg into shoulder strap at 4 inch width – you may need to piece together smaller pieces to create a long enough strap.
  • 3
    Sew tote front and back together with 1/2 inch seam allowance along sides and bottom. Press open seams. Pin corner notch matching seams and sew ½” seam. Press smooth with iron.
  • 4
    Pin waistband to top of bag with right sides together. Sew on to bag.
  • 5
    Create shoulder strap by sewing strap piece into a tube with right sides together. Turn right side out and press. Pin strap ends to inside of bag, securely stitch strap to waistband with topstitch. Thread ribbon through belt loops and tie in front. Trim ends for the perfect finish.
  • 6
    Press flat with iron.
  • 7
    Download and print project template. Trace heart shape and leaves onto sheet of freezer paper. Make sure there is at least a 2 inch margin around the leaves. Cut out using craft knife to create stencil.
  • 8
    Position freezer paper stencil with shiny side down on front of tote in the center. Iron down stencil, making sure edges are well sealed.
  • 9
    Use pencil to trace heart pattern with countries onto tracing paper and set aside.
  • 10
    Insert cardboard between layers of tote to prevent paint soaking through to reverse side of tote.
  • 11
    Pour puddle of Sunshine Yellow on palette. Using sponge, pounce into heart stencil to desired coverage. Tip: If your fabric is Ccru or a Non-White, you will need to pounce Glacier White into stencil first, let dry and then pounce in the Sunshine Yellow.
  • 12
    Pour smaller amount of Royal Blue on to palette. Mix a little into the Yellow to create a light green. Pounce this mixture into the leaves.
  • 13
    Add a little more Royal Blue to the light green mix to create a darker green and pounce into the lower half of the leaves to blend.
  • 14
    Remove stencil.
  • 15
    Pencil over the continents outline on the reverse side of the tracing. Turn right side up, position on painted heart and trace over the lines with pencil to transfer to tote.
  • 16
    Pour puddle of Royal Blue on palette. Using the No. 6 Round paintbrush, paint in continents.
  • 17
    Shake bottles of Leaf Green and Black dimensional fabric paints. Squeeze a little out on paper towel to test.
  • 18
    Draw a fine line of Black around the heart, then followed by short lines suggesting stitch marks.
  • 19
    Using tip of No. 6 Round brush, paint a long green stem between the leaves. Refer to photo.
  • 20
    Squeeze a fine line with Leaf Green dimensional fabric paint that follows the painted stem. Next, using the same color, squeeze a fine line in the center of the leaves with a dot at the base. Tip: To get a fine thin line from the dimensional fabric paints, lightly squeeze the bottle. The heavier the squeeze, the thicker the line. If line is long and continuous you can stop at a comfortable point and continue following the lines.
  • 21
    Follow the instructions on the heat-setting tool to randomly set crystals on front of tote.
  • 22
    Thread about 1-1/2 yard of ribbon around top of tote and tie in a bow. Trim off excess.

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:1 hour

Project Supplies

  • Tulip Dimensional Fabric Paint 4 oz. Slick Black 104130867
  • Tulip Dimensional Fabric Paint 4 oz. Slick Leaf Green 104130886
  • Tulip Soft Fabric Paint 4 oz. Matte Glacier White 104519378
  • Tulip Soft Fabric Paint 4 oz. Matte Royal Blue 104519387
  • Tulip Soft Fabric Paint 4 oz. Matte Sunshine Yellow 104519384
  • Tulip Cordless Crystal and Stud Heat-Setting Tool 104529082
  • Tulip Glam-It-Up! 300 pc. Iron-On Crystals 104435837
  • Old Pair of Large Khakis or Nicole™ Crafts Cotton Tote Bag Natural 16 inch x 14 inch 104729530
  • Nicole™ Crafts Econo Tracing Pad 9 inch x 12 inch 30 pc. 104135777
  • X-ACTO Precision Instruments No. 1 Knife 104135101
  • Daler-Rowney Simply Simmons Synthetic Acrylic and Multi Media Brush Round Size 6 104118924
  • Ribbon of Your Choice
  • Cardboard that Will Fit Inside Tote
  • Iron
  • Sewing Machine and Thread
  • Freezer Paper
  • Scissors
  • Foam Plate or Foil to Use as Palette
  • Ruler
  • Sponge
  • Paper Towel
  • Water Container
  • Pencil
Download Project Template