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Customize any reusable bag with stripes and a golden animal silhouette (or initial).
I really hate how ugly (or logo riddled) most reusable bags are. This tutorial is an easy way to customize a blank canvas tote that you will actually want to be seen with.

These also make a great personalized gift!

Posted by Sara R. from Bowling Green, Kentucky, United States • Published See Sara R.'s 8 projects »
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  • How to paint a painted tote. Diy Painted Reusable Bag With Stripes And Animal Silhouette - Step 1
    Step 1

    Print or draw a dog (or cat or bird) template. (Card stock is easier to trace around than plain paper.) Decide where on the bag it will go.

  • How to paint a painted tote. Diy Painted Reusable Bag With Stripes And Animal Silhouette - Step 2
    Step 2

    Trace around the template with a pencil.

  • How to paint a painted tote. Diy Painted Reusable Bag With Stripes And Animal Silhouette - Step 3
    Step 3

    Decide where the stripes will start. Draw a line to mark the bottom of the first stripe.

  • How to paint a painted tote. Diy Painted Reusable Bag With Stripes And Animal Silhouette - Step 4
    Step 4

    Measure and mark the top of the stripe (these stripes are 5/8" tall). To keep things easy, I made the stripes a ruler width apart.

  • How to paint a painted tote. Diy Painted Reusable Bag With Stripes And Animal Silhouette - Step 5
    Step 5

    Continue marking off stripes.

  • How to paint a painted tote. Diy Painted Reusable Bag With Stripes And Animal Silhouette - Step 6
    Step 6

    Fill in the stripes with a fabric marker. Be careful not to touch the stripes until they are completely dry and DO NOT color inside the animal outline. It took three coats to get the stripes this dark, and the canvas is still not completely saturated.

  • How to paint a painted tote. Diy Painted Reusable Bag With Stripes And Animal Silhouette - Step 7
    Step 7

    Allow fabric marker to dry.

  • How to paint a painted tote. Diy Painted Reusable Bag With Stripes And Animal Silhouette - Step 8
    Step 8

    Outline the animal silhouette with fabric paint. (I couldn't find a gold fabric marker, that is why the silhouette is done in fabric paint.)

  • How to paint a painted tote. Diy Painted Reusable Bag With Stripes And Animal Silhouette - Step 9
    Step 9

    Use a paintbrush to spread the paint into a thin layer.

  • How to paint a painted tote. Diy Painted Reusable Bag With Stripes And Animal Silhouette - Step 10
    Step 10

    Continue, filling in the entire silhouette.

  • How to paint a painted tote. Diy Painted Reusable Bag With Stripes And Animal Silhouette - Step 11
    Step 11

    Add a second coat. Let dry and enjoy!

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