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Sparkly Bird & Roses Canvas Tote

I’m absolutely smitten with the new Adhesive Fabric Paper Stack from DCWV! It’s the perfect way to add feminine flair to a plain canvas tote from the craft store. Add in a dash of sparkly paint, metallic ribbon, and some vintage glass glitter and you have the perfect shabby chic accessory!

Here’s what you need to make your own:


Choose 2 of your favorite prints from the Pink Floral Adhesive Stack and trim one to cut the front panel and one to fit above the zipper.

I used a Dritz Cover Button Kit along with some of the adhesive fabric to make my own buttons to embellish the tote.  The kits have easy-to-understand directions, and it’s so fun to make custom buttons for your projects!

Brush a bit of the glitter paint on the buttons to add some sparkle and then sew the buttons to a piece of May Arts white crochet ribbon.  Use fabric adhesive to add the ribbon to the tote as shown.

Print out a photo or image on a sheet of vellum.  I used an image of an old piece of sheet music I had in my files.   Use a stencil and some glitter paint on the vellum. The Martha Stewart paint is wonderful because it will work even on slick, glossy surfaces like vellum. For vintage images, Green Paper is a wonderful resource, and of course The Graphics Fairy!

Trim the vellum to size and use Scor-Tape to attach it to the front panel of the tote. I love how the floral fabric peeks through the translucent vellum! I also used Scor-Tape to add silver metallic/velvet ribbon from May Arts to frame the edges. So sparkly!

Attach your favorite charms to the zipper pull and your tote is complete! I used a little glass bottle filled with vintage glass glitter, and some crystal dangles from 7 Gypsies.  Happy crafting from Kimberly Jones at Serendipity Vintage Studio! Be sure to stop by for a link to a download of this project.

Blog post by: Kimberly Jones

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  1. Rebecca Ednie

    This is totally gorgeous! I love how plain canvas  an be so transformed using beautiful things!

  2. Amy Jones

    I love this….it is so beautiful….I love DCWV stacks….This one is so neat..

  3. Christine Dring

    Love this! TFS!

  4. Rea

    This truned out adorable.   I have this paper pad and have been brainstorming about what to do with it.   

  5. Susan Jensen

    Love this ! Have all supplies/ do like yours tho? Thank for sharing Happy crafting.

  6. Jingle

    This is very pretty!

  7. Monika/buzsy

    What a lovely project! The fabric sheet looks great on the little tote. Also love the vellum and all the sparkles!

  8. Charlene

    Never thought of using this paper on cloth, Kimberly and those buttons… beautiful!

  9. Chris R

    So very pretty. 

  10. Kristie Maynard

    What a wonderful project!!!!  I have never seen this "fabric paper" before, looks like cool stuff.  TFS!

  11. Dorina D

    Oooooo….never thought of using the fabric paper this way. What a great idea and the project is so cute.  Can see doing something like this for a great gift. Thanks

  12. ellen s

    WOW! this is awesome! What a great way to use that fabric paper. I always struggle with it and this is just perfect.

  13. Larissa Heskett =)

    WOW~This is really BEAUTIFUL!! I LOVE the glitter ribbon along with that glittered bird!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)


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