Trendy Summer Tote Bag Craft for Teens

1
Make this summer tote.

summer tote bag beach bag
Denise D. Witmer

Easy sewing project for teens to turn their old tank tops into trendy summer tote bags or beach bags. This project takes a couple of hours because of drying time for the paint, but is simple and fun for teens to do in an afternoon.

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2
Gather your supplies to make the bag.

summer tote bag beach bag
Denise D. Witmer

For this project, you will need:

  • tank top
  • rubber stamps; sun and swirl
  • paint
  • textile medium
  • foam brush
  • newspaper
  • sewing machine and thread

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3
Line the halter top with newspaper.

summer tote bag beach bag
Denise D. Witmer

Line the tank top with a double sheet newspaper. Be sure to cover the spot where you will be stamping so that the paint does not leak through to the other side of the top.

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4
Mix paint with fabric with medium.

summer tote bag beach bag
Denise D. Witmer

Mix colors of paint with fabric with medium according to package directions. The medium will turn the paint into washable fabric paint. If you mix the paint in seal-able containers, you can save if for your next projects.

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5
Stamp your design.

summer tote bag beach bag
Denise D. Witmer

Using the foam brush, paint your stamp and test it on newspaper until you have a clear stamp. Repeat, using the fabric.

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6
Match up the seams.

summer tote bag beach bag
Denise D. Witmer

After the stamped images have dried, turn the halter top inside out and match the seams at the bottom. Pin the ends together if you need to keep it in place.

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7
Sew your seams.

8
Variations on this tote.

summer tote bag beach bag
Denise D. Witmer

Variations on this tote:

  • Use different stamps to theme for holidays and other seasons.
  • Trim the top with lace or other fabric trims.

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