Make Stenciled Market Bags

Make quaility market bags for shopping that are fun using stencils and paint.

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Make your own Stenciled Market Bags

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.

Stenciling canvas Bag Supplies

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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.


Studior R12 Stencil Project

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.

Both sides of recycled bags and Stencil Designs

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.


Make your own Stenciled Market Bags

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  1. Hello friend!

    Those bags are so pretty. Thank you so much for stopping by the blog and hope all is well in your amazing world.

    Happy day!

  2. Robin says:

    Those are SUPER CUTE! Thanks for the awesome idea!

    1. Carole says:

      Glad you like them Robin, hope all is good your way.

  3. Patti says:

    These are so cute. I love them. They would make great gifts. Mother’s Day is around the corner.

    1. Carole says:

      Great idea – I was actually thinking about making one for my mom but I need to find a sunflower stencil because she really likes them or something similar.

  4. Christine says:

    Oh, Carole! Your shopping bags are ADORABLE! I just love the one with the rooster and chicken! I have one I picked up a couple of years ago that I take to our local farmers market, but you’ve inspired me now to make my own and use them more often. Have a great weekend!

    1. Carole says:

      The farm one was a blast and the color pattern just worked. Been seeking bright colors lately and it was fun to just create something that could be useful. Weekend is looking good here, hope your’s is great too.

  5. Karen says:

    I’ve had a hard time making the switch to market bags too. I love the idea though and now you’ve reminded me to step up my efforts and try again.

    I love stenciling on fabric and market bags are a great idea. Since they have such a high profile when you shop, you’ve got a great opportunity to share all kinds of encouraging messages when you bring them along. I really love those multi-colored chickens, by the way! 🙂

    1. Carole says:

      I tried them out yesterday and I have to say it was awesome to be able to carry everything in two sturdy bags verses the dozen of plastic bags I normally walk away with. I plan to make one more and that should fit us fine for our shopping needs.

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