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Patriotic DIY Canvas Tote Bag

Updated July 26, 2017
Patriotic DIY Canvas Tote
Patriotic DIY Canvas Tote
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It's summertime and that means that everyone's favorite summer holiday is upon us! Celebrate the 4th of July with this Patriotic DIY Canvas Tote Bag that you can use all summer long. Using the freezer paper applique technique, you can make these super cute bags for the whole family. Show off your patriotism with any design you want and make several bags for great DIY gifts to give during the summer. These bags aren't just for the 4th of July either because they would make a fantastic memorial day craft and flag day activity to do with your kids. Don't stop there because this technique can be used on a variety of things such as t-shirts, shorts, and any other fabric items you wish decorate. For more creativity, try coming up with your own designs for some funky wearable crafts!


Estimated Cost$11-$20

Time to CompleteIn an evening

MaterialsFabric, Paper

Primary TechniqueGeneral Crafts


Age GroupElementary School, Pre-Teens, Teens

Materials List

  • Canvas tote
  • Color Shot Sapphire Shimmer
  • Wax paper
  • Iron
  • Pencil
  • Scissors or X-acto Knife
  • Plastic table cloth
  • Paper Towels


  1. Print your favorite patriotic art from the internet or create your own, then trace the design onto a piece of freezer paper.

  2. Cut out the design with scissors or an x-acto knife to create a stencil. 

  3. Iron it waxy side down onto the front of your shirt to create a temporary bond.

  4. Make sure to cover exposed areas of your shirt with more freezer paper or paper towels to protect from overspray. Lightly spray a coat of Sapphire Shimmer over the stencil openings and let dry, then spray a second coat. Continue spraying light coats versus one heavy coat to help prevent color bleed. 

  5. When you are happy with your color coverage, let dry and remove the stencil. 

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