Toastie’s First DIY

Miss Pancakes’s post on doilies couldn’t have come at a better time because I was just about to share my DIY post on the adorable canvas totes, made possible by said doilies.

A few months ago while browsing through the glorious world of blogs, I came across a tutorial for this cute canvas tote:


For a beginner DIY’er, the instructions looked simple enough. On a rainy Saturday afternoon, I set out on a trip to Michaels (don’t we all just love that store and the endless coupons?) and returned with some canvas bags, 12-inch doilies, a brush set, spray adhesive, and small bottles of fabric paint AND craft paint.

First order of business—test run on an old canvas bag.

I sprayed the doily with adhesive, stuck it on the bag, and painted over the doily with the silver metallic fabric paint.

End result—major fail.

The doily was practically glued to the canvas bag, and I could not, for the life of me, remove the doily from the bag, leaving residue everywhere. The fabric paint was also really thick and created clumps.

For the second run, I used the craft paint and used Scotch tape to tape the edges of the doily instead, eliminating the adhesive spray altogether.


Since the canvas bags from Michaels were thicker and of much better quality, I ironed it and taped the doilies down and used the dark gray craft paint.

For the initials, I printed each one out, cut out the letter, and traced over it on the bag. I then carefully painted the outline. Not too shabby for a first time DIYer, would you say?

The bags will be given to the BMs with some gifts for them inside, with hopes that they can reuse them when grocery shopping or running errands.

Did you have any trial and error during your DIY projects? And how did you improvise?


Mrs. French Toast

Pleasanton, CA
Wedding Date:
March 2011
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    pamplemousse 378 posts, Helper bee @ 12:44 pm

    looks super cute! how much did it all cost?

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    sarahsunshine 73 posts, Worker bee @ 12:46 pm

    I love these! My wedding is over but I’m thinking I still want to try this out for myself and birthday presents!

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    SandraMarie_1986 1363 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:46 pm

    Great job!

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    Kelsey, Guest @ 12:49 pm

    Cute! Stealing this idea!

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    tarabonistall 128 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:03 pm

    They look GREAT!!!

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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 1:07 pm

    Love the final look!

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    jaynee 1163 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:07 pm

    This are fabulous! I’m SO not crafty, but I think I may be able to try this! Great idea!

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    hmaxwell77 472 posts, Helper bee @ 1:08 pm

    Adorable! Thanks for the link to the awesome DIY project site. I have already bookmarked about 10 projects. Thanks Toastie!

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    808mjm202 851 posts, Busy bee @ 1:09 pm

    Wow – looks nearly identical to the inspiration photo. Great job, Toastie!

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    trailmix 6663 posts, Bee Keeper @ 1:12 pm

    These are awesome, I love them!! Great idea :)

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    Running Elley 5610 posts, Bee Keeper @ 1:15 pm

    I am soooo stealing this! They look great!!

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    FaceReality 308 posts, Helper bee @ 1:24 pm

    What a great idea! I was thinking or ordering some of these but i think im going to try to Do it myself! Thanks so much for showing your trial and error it helps a ton!

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    mrspaetz 3812 posts, Honey bee @ 2:28 pm

    wow i love this idea. how well do the doileys hold up to being painted??

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    frenchtoast 298 posts, Helper bee @ 2:35 pm

    @pamplemousse – It’s extremely cost efficient! I just had to buy the canvas bags, doilies, brushes and paint! Use the Michael’s coupons for added savings.
    @mrspaetz – Surprisingly well! The doilies didn’t tear or break at all! I could just gently lift it after painting to reveal the paint underneath. Definitely a great project for a beginner DIY.

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    tartlet 3227 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:43 pm

    Love it! These turned out so well!

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    sparks 649 posts, Busy bee @ 2:43 pm

    These look great! Your girls are going to love them!

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    JillBill 425 posts, Helper bee @ 3:17 pm

    now THAT looks like a project I can handle that produces an end result that my recipients will be happy with :)

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    kirabee 1240 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:40 pm

    Very cute, Toast! The Dollar Tree has two sizes of doilies for sale right now in their wedding section for.. you guessed it.. a dollar!

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    peachplum09 732 posts, Busy bee @ 5:14 pm

    I loved that tut when I saw it originally! Glad it turned out okay!

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    Lexsy 537 posts, Busy bee @ 5:28 pm

    How cute!! I’d love to get one of those :-)

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    dolphin 503 posts, Busy bee @ 6:19 pm

    Those are fabulous!

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    Cherry311 73 posts, Worker bee @ 7:26 pm

    And what do you know….I just bought little canvas bags at Hobby Lobby today for my girls gifts! :)

    Thanks Miss French Toast!

    BTW….not sure of every Hobby Lobby, but the ones in my area….burbs of Chicago….all the canvas bags are 50% off until this Saturday 1/8!

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    Miss Treble, Guest @ 7:48 pm

    I’m making those too for my bridesmaids too! Good job! I’ve only made 2 of the 5 I need to do though. Time to get back to work!

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    Tennessee2Carolina 434 posts, Helper bee @ 9:53 pm

    I also did these Cute Bags!!! I cant wait to give them to my girls! :)

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    el0624 205 posts, Helper bee @ 10:07 pm

    Here’s a fun post with some more tips about the tutorial.

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    msjellyfish 1453 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:56 pm

    Oooh, these came out awesome!!

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    Stephalopolis 74 posts, Worker bee @ 12:07 am

    Wow! This post came at the perfect time! I was just thinking this past Monday about how I wanted to get my girls monogrammed tote bags. I was planning on going the DIY route and use iron-on monograms…. but now that I see this, they are totally getting a doily outline as well!! Thanks!!!

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    Chocolatte 198 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:30 pm

    adorable! i have been looking all over for the perfect canvas bags – now i know how to make them! thanks!!!

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    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 1:23 am

    That is just too cute! Awesome!

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    Michelle cx, Guest @ 2:30 am

    Cute idea! I must try doing this just for fun. Good job toastie!

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