DIY Burlap and Fabric Tote

Posted by Meghan Quinones

When I got my burlap tote, I knew I wanted to decorate it, but I wasn't really sure what I wanted to do. I was first thinking of maybe stitching something onto it and then thought maybe a cool stencil pattern would be nice, but neither of those ideas were convincing. I had remembered I had some extra fabric in my stash from another project and thought it would be the perfect addition to my bag! Now the question was, how would I attach my fabric to my tote? Was I going to sew it? Nope! I was going to use Mod Podge!

Did you know you can adhere fabric to fabric without sewing? The Fabric Mod Podge formula is the secret behind this magic trick. Not only does it glue fabric to another piece of fabric, but it also gives it a nice thick seal, making it feel almost like an oil cloth. Oh, I almost forgot to mention, you can also hand wash your fabric when you are finished! I heart this stuff!

How would you use Fabric Mod Podge?

Here's what you'll need:

  • Mark Richard's Burlap Tote (Mini)
  • Patterned Fabric
  • Fabric Mod Podge (Coming this Friday!)
  • Scissors
  • Paint Brush
  • Cardboard (or craft mat)
  • Embroidery Floss and Needle

Let's get crafty!

Cut our your deisgn from your fabric.

Figure out the placement of your fabric on your tote. I wanted my design to be coming off the edges. To make sure I cut my fabric properly, I used a pencil to trace over my frabric so I could see where my bag was below it.

Put a generous amount of Mod Podge on the back of your fabric designs.

Place your cardboard piece inside of your tote (this will help prevent any glue from seeping through to the other side of your tote).Glue your fabric pieces to your tote, pressing firmly to make sure they adhere to your tote.

Place a layer of Fabric Mod Podge on top of your fabric pieces. This will seal your fabric and give it a oil cloth like feel. Let your glue dry.

To give my fabric a little more detail, I decided to stitch it. First, cut a long piece of floss, tie a knot at one end, and then tread the other end through your needle. Begin stitching around your fabric design. I did a backstitch.

Continue stitching until all of your designs have been stitched to your tote.

Once your designs are all stitched, you will have the perfect sized tote to haul your craft supplies where ever you may go!

This tote is also the perfect size to serve as your lunch bag. Lunch time would be so much better with a brightly colored vessel to hold all of your treats. This tote is definitely way more fun than the traditional "brown bag" lunch. :)