I needed a bag to take with me for my walks to the library, so I decided to make a fun and easy project: A sponge stamped tote bag. It uses an ordinary kitchen sponge, a blank tote bag, and fabric paint. You can also use craft paint for this tote bag project, it just might not be as flexible or soft as fabric paint.
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When I decided to do this project, I realized the only sponge I had was the kind with a scrubby back. I would have used a cheaper plain sponge if I had one. I hope hubby likes scrubbing pots and pans with extra little triangles for a while. If you need supplies for this project, you can find them here.
I cut them into triangles with a sharp pair of scissors. I didn’t measure, I just kind of eyeballed how big. Feel free to draw out your cut lines in marker if it’s easier, or place painter’s tape in lines on the tote bag, and stamp along the painter’s tape edges.
I loaded up my palette with some fun colors. I used regular acrylic paint instead of fabric paint. I think it will be fine with out fading too much like I had mentioned earlier in the post. If you are concerned about it, you can mix your paint with textile medium to make it more permanent. There are certainly times you want to use strictly fabric paint, especially if it’s an item that’s going to get a lot of wear and tear. I used fabric paint for this painted farmer’s market cooler tote, and it was the right choice for that project.
I loaded up my sponges and started stamping in a pattern across the bottom alternating paint colors.
I off-set my triangles on the next row up, and changed up my colors.
And at each layer, I stopped little short for a more geometric design.
Stamping the tote bag with a sponge and acrylic paint very easy and I think it turned out really cute! Perfect for books!
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