Martha Stewart Crafts™ Organizer Tote
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Martha Stewart Crafts™ Organizer Tote

Use Martha Stewart Crafts™ Mutli-Purpose acrylic paint to create this patterned organizer bag.
Craft Time: 60+ minutes
Uses Recycled Items: No
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Material List

  • Martha Stewart Crafts™ Fabric Stiffener
  • Martha Stewart Crafts™ Multi-Purpose Acrylic Paint, High Gloss – Scottish Highlands
  • Martha Stewart Crafts™ Basic Brush Set
  • Canvas Tote, 13½"x5"x13½" – Natural
  • Pencil
  • Erasable Fabric Marker
  • Low Heat Glue Gun
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Disposable Box (To Fit Inside Tote)
  • Petroleum Jelly (or Cooking Spray)
  • Freezer Bag, Large
  • Poster Board

Project Instructions

Step 1
Wash the tote in cold water to remove sizing. Do not dry.
Step 2
Cut straps off tote, leaving ½" attached to bag; save straps.
Step 3
Wrap recyclable box in plastic wrap; rub plastic wrap with petroleum jelly or apply cooking spray to prevent the tote from sticking.
Step 4
Place tote in freezer bag filled with fabric stiffener. Make sure entire tote, inside and out, is saturated.
Step 5
Remove tote from freezer bag and fold over the top edge of tote 2". Use fingers to smooth and flatten. Fold the ½" strap pieces under to hide raw edges.
Step 6
Place the bag over box, making sure the bottom corners are squared. Turn upside-down to dry. (It may take two days.)
Step 7
Enlarge the chevron pattern and transfer to poster board to make a template.
Step 8
Once the tote is completely dry, use an erasable marker to transfer pattern to the tote.
Step 9
Paint the top border and alternating zigzags with Scottish Highlands acrylic.
Step 10
Cut each strap to 9¾".
Step 11
Using the hot glue gun, glue ends of straps inside the tote to make handles.