hand stamped tote bags

stamped tote bags


I’ve been making some tote bags.  it started just for fun and then it got really fun and so I made a bunch.  now, I’m in love with them.  the best thing about these tote bags is they are all made from organic canvas scraps left over from a local futon maker in town.  the store owner very generously let me dig through big bags of fabric scrap to rescue these  from the landfill.  it’s beautiful, thick, wonderful canvas! I’m so lucky to have it.

I hand-carved a handful of stamps for the hand-printing swap way back when and I have just kept going.  I got into the idea of various, unusual forms of transportation starting with the hot air balloon and then bees who transport pollen.  transportation is a natural, I guess, considering I parent two boys.  the bikes are not that unusual but I just love a good bike on a tote bag.

brush strokes on the bike tote

to make the ocean-colored lines I simply used a paintbrush, which was so much fun and also pretty scary.  seemed too easy to mess things up but I love how it looks.

beautiful bee tote

every single bag is a little different and the process of making them is such a creative process.  it felt really good to leap out of my ordinary making process and attempt something new.

hot air balloon tote

I’m excited to be selling these at the craft fair in our town on Sunday.  I made the stamps, the fabric comes from a local shop, and all of it sold at a local craft fair.  these are awfully home-grown tote bags!

p.s. there are still spots in my upcoming hand-printing series where we will be carving and stamping fabric.   local friends, you do not want to miss out.  we will be making things in a frenzy, covering ourselves in ink and mess.  if you can doodle, you can make your own prints.  join me!




9 Comments on hand stamped tote bags

    • ahappystitch
      September 25, 2013 at 1:07 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you! It’s so much fun to make them.

  1. Melanie
    September 26, 2013 at 2:53 pm (4 years ago)

    These are so awesome, made even better by the back story. The bicycles are my favorite.

  2. Karin @ Leigh Laurel Studios
    September 29, 2013 at 4:24 pm (4 years ago)

    These are wonderful! I love mixing hand printing with sewing projects. I envision two legs sticking out the top of a huge fabric bag as you dig for treasure, sorta like those witches legs you see sticking out of urns on Pinterest just before Halloween.. 🙂

  3. Jane
    September 30, 2013 at 8:56 pm (4 years ago)

    oh i love these! hope you had a great day selling 🙂

    • ahappystitch
      October 1, 2013 at 10:10 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks love!


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