Do you ever see something online or at the store that even though it’s ridiculously cute, you can’t bring yourself to buy it? Because in your mind, you’re thinking to yourself, “I could totally make that!”
Please tell me I’m not the only one who does this… (Because I think this ALL THE TIME!)
I was on the Gymboree website recently and saw this adorable Rainbow Tote Bag. I really wanted it for my missy, but as I looked at it more, I realized I had every material needed to make our own version of the tote bag. (And yes, even though I didn’t buy the bag I did purchase the coordinating t-shirt and sequined sneakers – had to spend those gymbucks!)
I thought about painting the tote bag like the original version. I didn’t have all the paint colors needed, but the one thing I don’t have a shortage of, is fabric. (Instagram Pic of my fabric stash… This was taken 2 years ago, so I’ll let you guess the status of my fabric collection now.)
If you want to make something similar, and don’t have all the necessary fabric, I suggest looking at the single fat quarter selection at Joann’s or Hancocks. (They have tons of different colors and patterns and sometimes put the individual fat quarters on sale for as little as $.99) Hobby Lobby also has a great selection of glittered felt and Amazon has some nice felt variety packs.
Ready to make a Rainbow Tote for yourself? Here’s how I did it!
- Tote bag (similar to this one, though I found my white one at Hobby Lobby.)
- Scrap fabric
- Pellon Easy Steam II
- Pencil/pen, paper, scissors, iron
- Optional Fabric Markers (I used the Tulip Dual-tip Fabric Markers)
Follow the directions on the package of the Pellon Easy Steam to adhere the fusible web to the fabric. (I cut the rainbow pieces apart so it would be easier to use them as a template for each color.)
I felt like the sun and clouds needed a bit more “pop,” so I used my fabric markers to add a bit of faux stitching.
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