Here’s a great crafty project to do on a rainy day (like today, here in Auckland).
• 1 plain canvas bag
• pencil and eraser
• Sharpie permanent marker in black
• scraps of cloth
• fabric glue
• alphabet stamp set and ink pads (black and red)
• iron (with steam turned off)
• cardboard or any protective layer to put inside bag
1. Sketch a design on paper… or just wing it and pencil it in straight on one side of the bag.
2. Ink in your drawing with a Sharpie pen. First, insert the cardboard into the bag to protect the back of the bag from any ink. The Sharpie ink can bleed a little on the fabric, so avoid small details (or proceed with care). Cut out cloth scraps for details (i.e. I used them for leaves on the branch, the owl’s wing, and a winged heart that will go on the speech bubble). Attach cloth with fabric glue (I use Craft Smart) and stamp words on. As you can see below, I have yet to add the words.
3. Heat treat your artwork. After finishing your design (I sewed the speech bubble and the wing with my sewing machine), leave your artwork to dry for about two hours or longer. Then, to make sure your design stays even after washing, heat treat your Sharpie design with an iron. Simply press the design for about a minute, moving the iron across the image. Voila! It’s done!
Since there are two sides to everything, I made another design on the back, with balloons and punny characters.
My super creative stepdaughter, Devon, enjoyed making her swim bag. Her bag is quite edgy, using stamps and a denim heart I cut out from an old pair of jeans, iron-on studs, and her drawings using a Sharpie. Her theme is “Love in many languages” and her name leads the list. So cool!
Now, it’s your turn! Once you’re done, take a photo and email your bag to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to see your designs!