We’re making stenciled canvas bags that can be used for many things in addition to market shopping. This is a great rainy day project and we’ve had several lately.
I must admit it’s taken me awhile to embrace “reusable shopping bags.” I tried a few years back but remembering to put them back in the car slipped my mind every time we went shopping.
So earlier this year, Robert and I decided to get healthier; that led us to change our grocery shopping routine to find better food choices. With that move it made sense to get some heavy-duty canvas bags and try again.
So, that’s just what I did beginning with a variety of stencils, paint and brushes. Then I spent an afternoon creating these fun market bags and it was a blast.
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Market Bag Project Supplies
Like all my painted projects, we start with Dixie Belle Paint and choosing which colors wasn’t easy. I went with bright options because they show up better on canvas than light colors.
The bags came from Hobby Lobby, they’re extremely heavy duty and have side pockets which is a nice benefit. Let me add, I shopped forever to find these bags and found to get quality in store shopping was a good choice. Sometimes you just have to touch a product to know it will work.
Next time they’re on sale, I may have to pick up another because stenciling on fabric is a lot of fun.
- Dixie Belle Paint colors: Coffee Bean, Bunker Hill Blue, Plum Crazy and Mermaid Tail, Shop Here
- Cutting Edge Stencils: wheat, letters, bird, flower and farm word, Shop Here
- Studio R12 Stencils: Dream like anything’s possible, and chicken stencil here
- Hobby Lobby: bags or get canvas bags here.
- Painters Tape, Stencil Brushes and a paint pallet, I use scrap wood.
How to Apply Stencil and Seal surface.
Applying a stencil transfer on fabric is really a breeze and it goes pretty fast using the same technique as stenciling on wood. You just have to remember to slow down because if an error occurs there really is no fixing it.
First you want to figure out your design and then apply the transfer one step at a time using my how to stencil tips here.
Dixie Belle paint doesn’t wash out of fabric, I found this out the hard way. Over time it will fade if you wash often so I recommend hand washing bags in cold water and let air dry.
You can also set the design to keep from fading by using a press or heat gun.
The other option is to place a towel over the bag when the paint is dry and apply a hot iron onto the surface, this will take about 5 or 10 minutes.
These market bags are a lot of fun to make and a neat way to be creative in an afternoon. I’ll be using mine for grocery and farmer’s market shopping, but they would also be amazing for just about anything else you need help transporting.
Especially if you’re someone who’s crafty with yarn. They even make a great book or gym tote.
Personalize and make it your own because who doesn’t need a reusable handy market bag? This project would also make a neat workshop class.