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Fun and Easy Sponge Stamped Tote Bag

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.

Sponge stamped tote bag DIY craft

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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.

Sponges for sponge stamping

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.

Make a fun and easy project with a sponge stamped tote bagI 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.

Sponge stamping with kitchne sponges on a tote bag

I loaded up my sponges and started stamping in a pattern across the bottom alternating paint colors.


LIne up triangle stamps when stamping

I off-set my triangles on the next row up, and changed up my colors.

Create a multi-color triangle pattern with spoge stamping

And at each layer, I stopped  little short for a more geometric design.

Super easy and fun tote bag with sponge stamping with a boho flair

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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  1. What pretty colours! I love the fact that you tapered the pattern instead of covering the whole side. I would be interested to know how it washes.

  2. The colors remind me of springtime. I’m so happy we are finally getting some nice weather around here!

  3. This is super cute! I have been looking for an easy project for my daughter and I to do and she loved bags. Thanks for sharing!!!

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