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Transform a canvas bag into a wardrobe statement piece.
When it comes to drool worthy products, Kate Spade never disappoints. Take her "Eat Cake For Breakfast" bag design, for example. So eye-catching. It's great to own a statement top or two, but a chic canvas message bag is the perfect accessory for carrying your yarn or library books. If you don't own a cutting machine, lots of Etsy stores offer custom stencils with messages of your own design. Grab an inexpensive canvas bag from Walmart and have fun creating a graphic message tote that says exactly what you want it to say.

Posted by Kristina J. from New Castle, Indiana, United States • Published See Kristina J.'s 7 projects »
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  • How to make a tote bag. How To Make A Graphic Message Tote - Step 1
    Step 1

    Stylish, yet functional

  • How to make a tote bag. How To Make A Graphic Message Tote - Step 2
    Step 2

    Using painter's tape, mark 4-6 inches along bottom of tote.

  • How to make a tote bag. How To Make A Graphic Message Tote - Step 3
    Step 3

    Cover bottom portion of tote with paint, filling all creases and folds.

  • How to make a tote bag. How To Make A Graphic Message Tote - Step 4
    Step 4

    Tape stencil to tote. Fill in with paint.

    You can use black paint for the words, but I chickened out and used a more controllable Sharpie to fill in both stencils.

  • How to make a tote bag. How To Make A Graphic Message Tote - Step 5
    Step 5

    Cut handles off tote and trim if loop is too wide.

  • How to make a tote bag. How To Make A Graphic Message Tote - Step 6
    Step 6

    Hook chain handles to inside of tote.

  • How to make a tote bag. How To Make A Graphic Message Tote - Step 7
    Step 7

    Add a graphic shape to center of tote using a bronze Sharpie.

  • How to make a tote bag. How To Make A Graphic Message Tote - Step 8
    Step 8

    DONE.

  • How to make a tote bag. How To Make A Graphic Message Tote - Step 9
    Step 9

    Perfect for carrying the essentials.

  • How to make a tote bag. How To Make A Graphic Message Tote - Step 10
    Step 10

    Details make it!

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