DIY Stenciled Canvas Tote Bag

Summer is finally here! We had such wonderful and fun weekend celebrating our 6th Anniversary and Father’s Day. I am thank God for my husband, Dave each day and love him more! I praise God for him! The best father God has given to my daughters!

More exciting today… I am joining an amazing craft blog hop today! It is The Silhouette Challenge – Handmade Gift Exchange on the Silhouette Challenge Facebook Group. If you would like to join us, please go to Lauren’s blog to find out the details.


The rules is simple: use Silhouette die cutting machine to make a gift for the assigned exchanged friend. I made this stenciled canvas bag for my friend, Debby.


Supplies you’ll to make this tote bag are:

  • Plain canvas bag (get at any craft store)
  • Fabric markers or paints
  • Freezer paper
  • Iron
  • Silhouette die cut machine
  • Cutting mat, spatula, tweezer
  • Shapes from Silhouette online store. For this my bag, I picked Poppy head and stem from Donna Downey.

I found couple link tutorials you can check out their tutorials how to make stencil project using freezer paper:

First, open the shape on Silhouette Studio software. I resized the phrase to 8 in tall for the tote bag. Then I mirrored the writing to the right. Then I cut 12×12 freezer paper and put it on the cutting mat shine side up. Then cut. Use the spatula to pick the cut shapes off the cutting mat.

I added the stems first on the bag. Set the iron on low (no steam!) and lightly run the iron on the freezer paper (shine side down) on the canvas bag until it sticked on the bag.


I found a pack of 24 fabric markers at Walmart because I cannot find fabric paint there. I always wish that we live right next to Hobby Lobby…hahahaha…. ๐Ÿ˜€

Using the green marker, I drew the stems on the bag. I layered it couple times to get bolder result. This marker dries right away after you draw on any fabric so that you can peel off the freezer paper right after the drawing. This is perfect for quick project.


After peeling off the stem freezer papers off the canvas bag, I added the poppy shape using the iron again. And using the red maker I filled in all the cut shapes of the flower. I did twice to get darker red.

When I was done with the red, I peel off the freezer papers and then colored the middle of the flower with black marker.


Ta-da! It is done! I love how result! Very lovely poppy flowers. I am planning to make one more for me and add my favorite Bible verse on the bag too ๐Ÿ™‚


Are you looking for more DIY Gift ideas? Check out my Silhouette Challenges friends’ projects. I hope you all find inspirations you need from this blog hop today ๐Ÿ™‚ — Click the link below to see the projects:

HAVE A FUN CRAFTY DAY and THANK YOU for stopping by today!

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18 thoughts on “DIY Stenciled Canvas Tote Bag

  1. Happy anniversary! I think it is so great that you are also a digiscrapper!

    I love this bag Helen! I had never thought about using fabric markers with a freezer paper stencil. It looks like you painted it on with water colors! It’s just beautiful. I am sure that Debby loves it!

  2. Your tote is beautiful! I love that it has a hand drawn look to it! I have some of these markers and I can’t wait to try this out! Thanks for participating in the swap! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. When I saw your layout I was like, WOW…. and then I saw the tote and it was a double take, what a fabulous gift idea and such a beauty, it will be cherished!

  4. It’s so cute. I love it.
    Thanks for sharing up at “My Favorite Things- Linky Party”
    Have fun and donโ€™t forget to join us each week!
    Be Creative Mommy

  5. This turned out beautiful Helen! I’ve never tried paint markers but it sure looks easier than regular craft paint. I love the colors you used, they really stand out. Thanks for sharing with Creative Spark Link Party and we sure appreciate the referral to our blog on this project.
    Glenna @ My Paper Craze