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Make a DIY Stenciled Grocery Tote! (tutorial)

Hello Friends!

I’m so happy to be here another month sharing with you one of my latest little projects.

Lately I’ve been super busy working on my kitchen makeover and inspired by it I made this tote.

The best part about it is that you can purchase these totes at your local Wal-Mart for about $6.00 for 3 of them.

We are just going to give them a quick makeover using paint, ribbon and buttons.

In about 30 minutes you can have one of your own!



The first thing I did was to iron the tote.


After the fabric was smooth I applied the vinyl stencil that I had previously cut.

I always like to press against the edge of each letter to make sure no paint will bleed under it.


The third step involves paint.

I like to use fabric paint for my projects since it is softer than regular acrylic paint.

Before I started painting I placed a piece of paper inside of my tote to protect the other side of it.

It is a good idea to add some painter’s tape to those areas where the edge of the vinyl is too close to the fabric.

You don’t want to paint out of the lines.

Use a flat brush for this step and tap small amounts of paint against the fabric.


Peel the vinyl off.

I used a pin to peel off those hard to reach areas.


After the paint was dry it was time to have some fun and give some personality to the tote.

I used ribbons and buttons to do so.

With the help of some pins I placed the ribbon in place.

Then I opened a few stitches of the tote and I placed the end of the ribbons inside.


I turned it inside out and I sewed it again securing the ribbons in place.


To secure the rest of the ribbon I sewed some buttons on top of it and a little bow at the end.

Before I knew it I was done.

My little tote will be part of my kitchen…

I am going to use it to store all of those plastic bags that come home with me from the grocery store.

I hope this simple tutorial inspires you to stencil some fabric of your own.

Pillows, curtains, totes and even rugs are some fun surfaces to work with.

If you have never stenciled before you can click here for a step by step tutorial of how to use vinyl stencils to paint fabric.

Jen, as always it is my pleasure to be here today.

I love you dearly and it is my honor to be a part of your blog every month.

What a treat!

Have a great day everyone!


The 36th AVENUE

Desiree – what a fun project!!

I love seeing what you will come up with each month. You are amazing!!

If you don’t follow Desiree at The 36th AVENUE — you are missing out!

This Shoe Printable makes me happy — who doesn’t love a new pair of shoes??

And don’t miss Desiree’s Washable Stenciled Mugs – so cute!

And how adorable is this — Shrink Film Necklaces

Thanks again Desiree!!

I am so excited to see your kitchen makeover!!


And be sure to head over to Desiree’s TODAY — she is having a giveaway for the vinyl for this project AND she’s made four different versions. You can make your own tote!!

PS — Coming up tomorrow – a little sneak peek of my secret project and what I have been working on this week!!


  1. thanks for sharing .. such a lovely tutorial!!

  2. Kimberly Burgess says:

    Where can I order one of the cute “grocery” vinyl stencils? I love this idea and can’t wait to make these for family gifts!

  3. Gracias por todas las ideas , me son de mucha utilidad

  4. Missy (aka Badgeracat) says:

    I love the grocery bag idea. This is a fantastic tutorial. Going to PIN IT so I don’t forget it!

  5. Oh, the pears are so lovely and sweet!

  6. Super cute;)

  7. I am new here and i have have looked at practically every single post you have had!I was wondering where you get your crafting inspiration because you come up with so many thinngs i would have never thought of.Thanks,Caitlin.

  8. Great project. I like your table of contents and was wondering where you found it. I have a blogger blog so I’m looking for one that works there and can sort by categories like yours.

  9. I love what you did, but I think I would use the heat transfer vinyl instead of painting. In fact, I just might!

  10. I LOVE this tutorial! Thanks for sharing with us!

  11. What a fun tutorial! Thanks for having Desiree stop by! She has a great blog! :)

  12. What a cute tote Desiree! If I had something this adorable, maybe I would remember to actually pull it out of my trunk and take it into the store with me :)

  13. I am a huge fan of both of your blogs! This tote is just too cute! WAY better than those yucky plastic ones you can buy at the store. I need to make like a million of these. I need to get my hands on that darling stencil!

  14. Super cute tote! Thanks for sharing and I’m a huge fan of Desiree@The 36th Avenue! AJ@queenofmynest

  15. The stenciled mugs are really cute. I think I need to make them!

  16. Love the bag. So cute! What a great tip about the ribbon on the seam-great idea!

  17. What a cute tote! I love the tip about opening a few stitches on the side to stick the ribbon it. I always end up with a strange unfinished edge when I add ribbon to something like that!

  18. This is SO cute! I am smitten.

  19. I LOVE IT!!!!

  20. Love it

  21. Looks fabulous, Desirée! Thanks for the tutorial. I’m pinning this to our Inspiration Board for a typography challenge I’m taking part in…