DIY Stamped Totebag with Oxblood Leather Straps

Edited

This project was featured in our second WhimseyboxTV episode!

 

DIY Block Print Totebag from Whimseybox on Vimeo.

 

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Whimseybox has another new team member! Welcome Ashley from Sugar and Cloth. We’re in love with her awesome first project!

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To make this DIY stamped totebag with leather straps, start by carving your stamp. Ashley used the materials from this month’s Whimseybox to carve a bonjour stamp. First she drew the design on the carving block with pencil and then she used the carving tools to remove all of the material around the letters. And actually, she had to carve two. Can you tell what happened the first time?

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Whoops. Craft fail! After your stamp is carved, be sure to test it on some scrap material.

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Next, prepare your tote. Start with any plain canvas tote (you can find them at any craft or big box store) and carefully snip off the straps.

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Cut two new straps out of leather, approximately 25 inches long and 1 inch wide.

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Use a leather punch to punch a hole in the strap and the tote bag where you’ll attach the rivets.

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Insert the rivet and secure using  rivet setter and a mallet.

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Finally, stamp your design (carefully!) on the front of the tote bag. Measure first to ensure that the design will be properly centered.

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Let dry for several hours, then wear and enjoy!

DIY Stamped Totebag with Oxblood Leather Straps

Project and photos by Ashley from Sugar and Cloth. Thanks Ashley!

Alicia DiRago is the founder and CEO of Whimseybox. She has led DIY events across the country and been featured in the Wall Street Journal. Alicia is a lifelong crafter and former chemical engineer obsessed with making everything from bracelets to (homebrewed) beer! You can find her personal DIY, fashion and design blog at dismountcreative.com.

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