Reusable tote bags are a great way to save money and help the environment. This denim star tote bag project takes this idea one step further by up-cycling an old pair of jeans into something new!
For this project, you will need (per photo tote bag):
– One dark blue canvas tote bag (available at craft supply shops)
– Denim fabric from old jeans, shirts, etc.
– Fabric marking pen
– Star shaped stencils in a variety of sizes
– Fabric scissors
– Wonder Under (available at craft supply shops)
– Warm iron
– Ironing board
– Damp cotton towel
– Artist’s paintbrush
– Paper plate
– Textile medium (available at craft supply shops)
– Gold colored acrylic paint (available at craft supply shops)
– Newspaper and/or a large drop cloth
Cover the space you will be creating your denim star tote bag with newspaper and/or a large drop cloth. Lay a piece of denim fabric out flat. (This can be from an old pair of jeans, an old jacket, a denim shirt, etc. and in any color or wash.) Place the star shaped stencils over the denim. With a fabric marking pen, transfer the star designs onto the denim material. Create as many star shapes as you ultimately want on your finished tote bag. (These can range in size from very large to very small; the choice is yours.) Carefully cut out each of the star shapes using fabric scissors.
Adhere the rough edge of a piece of Wonder Under to the wrong side of each denim fabric star shape. Gently run a warm iron of the stars to bond the Wonder Under to the fabric. Once cool, trim away any excess Wonder Under with scissors.
Remove the paper backing from the stars and adhere where you would like on the dark blue canvas tote bag. Place a damp cotton cloth over the stars. Press the images with an iron for fifteen to twenty seconds. Cool completely.
Mix one part textile medium to one part gold acrylic paint on the paper plate. Using an artist’s paintbrush, trace the outsides of each star using the gold paint. Dry completely before enjoying your new tote bag creation.
TIP: For a great look, consider using two or three different colors of denim for the stars on this tote bag. Also, consider adding other details with acrylic paint such as a monogram, name, saying, quote, or other design.