Notebook Tote Bag
Carry a DIY tote bag that’ll make people stop and take note! Great for teachers and students, our canvas tote bag craft for kids and adults is easy to make.
1 Using a pencil and ruler, make a tick mark at the top and bottom of the bag, both at an equal distance from the left edge.
2 Use red fabric marker and ruler to connect the tick marks, making a vertical line to create the margin of a piece of notebook paper.
3 Leave space at the top of bag for the first line of notebook paper, then make evenly-spaced tick marks along the red line with pencil.
4 Make another set of evenly-spaced tick marks on the right side.
5 Use blue fabric marker and ruler to connect the tick marks, making horizontal lines across the bag like notebook paper.
6 Add the 3-hole punch to the left margin with black fabric marker.
7 Pour and stir paint with craft sticks in disposable cups.
8 Paint accents, doodles, or your name on the bag. Dry 1–2 hours.
9 Load your gear and take your custom tote on the go!
CIY Staff Tips:
- When adding designs to your bag, be sure to sketch in pencil first.
- Get creative with how you want to decorate your bag; we chose to add fun bubble letters!
- Experiment with mixing different paint colors. To create a shadow effect, separate the same base color into 2 disposable cups. Mix a small amount of white paint into one of the cups to create the letter color. Mix a small amount of black paint into the other cup to create the shadow color.