Father’s Day Canvas Bag

*Yes, I know Father’s Day has past. This post was written before Father’s Day, but since my Dad reads my blog (thanks Daddy!) I had to hold it. Enjoy!

Father’s Day is right around the corner, but I started planning my Father’s Day gift BEFORE I even gave Mother’s Day a second thought. That’s rare for me! My dad enjoys buying fresh fruits and vegetable for meals on a daily basis, so I thought a cool grocery tote would be a fun gift. The thing is, my dad could care less about labels and trends. So I knew a tote from West Elm or World Market wouldn’t do.

I found a fun saying about Dads and Grandpas, and thought it would be nice to turn that into a grocery tote. As long as it wasn’t wildly colored, I figured Dad would be on board. I designed the saying using ScanNCutCanvas and cut it out of stencil  plastic with my ScanNCut. Next I painted the saying on the canvas with fabric paint. I was worried the paint would find a way to leak under the stencil, but the Silhouette stencil material comes with an adhesive back. Score! I let that dry overnight, then applied another coat of paint. I let the second coat dry for about four hours, removed the stencil and viola!

Finally I got all of my siblings, nieces and nephew to write a little note (or a scribble for the little ones), and now have I a custom one of a kind grocery tote.

I think my dad is gonna love it!

I’m Batman

I shared my first thoughts on this project a while ago. You can check it out here.

I found myself with some precious (and definitely needed) alone time and used it wisely. I have a flat canvas panel that I covered with Mod Podge and let dry. This will help my vinyl stick to the canvas. I went with this panel because it was lightweight and can be propped up on a stand or hung on a wall.

I had plenty of time to figure out the steps to complete this project… and of course it didn’t work out as planned. I set the blade on my ScanNCut too deep (at a 3), and instead of a kiss cut (cutting through the top layer of the vinyl only) I cut all the way through. ALL THE WAY THROUGH. Every single letter was cut out and stuck to my carrier sheet.

Since vinyl isn’t cheap (and I was down to my last black sheet) I had to figure out a way to make everything work. To fix this I picked everything up with my transfer sheet and did some reverse weeding. That was pretty time consuming, but luckily I had plenty on my DVR to help pass the time. After that everything else went pretty well.

Now that I know what NOT to do I think I’ll make these more often. They are pretty simple to make and who doesn’t like a personalized gift?!