DIY Patriotic Tote Bag

Good Morning and welcome to another wonderfully crafty week!  Today we bring you another round of inspiration from our monthly Silhouette Challenge Group post!

Silhouette Challenge Group with My Paper Craze


This month’s challenge theme is {PATRIOTIC}, which is fabulous because I love to show my patriotism.  I have an upcoming work conference and thought this would be the perfect opportunity to decorate a new tote bag to carry with me through the airport.  Take a look and see what you think… here is our DIY Patriotic Tote Bag!

DIY Patriotic Tote Bag by My Paper Craze


Supplies I used:

Freezer paper

Blue craft paint

Red craft paint

Silhouette cutting machine


White tote bag

Blue painter’s tape

I started out by creating my design in Silhouette Studio.  The red & white stripes are a rectangle that I duplicated 4 times and filled in alternating shapes with red.  I then placed the USA design #11037 in the upper left corner.  The second design #44833, I ungrouped and only used part of it to add the text to my stripes.  I then created a rectangle 1/2″ larger than the entire shape to make a border around it to keep from getting paint on my bag outside of the design.

Patriotic Tote Bag Design in Silhouette Studio with My Paper Craze

Once I was happy with my design I made sure the appropriate cut lines were set to cut.   I cut my freezer paper the same size as my mat and cut my design using the settings blade 3, speed 3 and thickness 10 with the shiny side down.  I believe it was when I started weeding my design that I realized it was probably a little too intricate for this technique… but I was so happy with it that I just kept going.

Patriotic Tote Bag In Progress by My Paper Craze

When using freezer paper you can’t use transfer tape because your design won’t stick to your bag until it is pressed with the iron.  I peeled my freezer paper stencil off the cutting mat and placed it on my bag and ironed it down in sections.  The text for the red stripes had to be put into place individually.  It turned out to be very tedious but totally worth it in the end.

I painted the red sections first and allowed it to dry.  I then used blue painter’s tape on the edges of the blue design to ensure clean lines.  Once I painted the blue area, I allowed it to dry.  The final step was peeling off the freezer paper.

So is this a good way to kick off our patriotic themed projects or what?!?  It totally gets me in the mood to start prepping for Fourth of July!


Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

Monogrammed Patriotic Serving Tray Captain American Romper Patriotic Burlap Stars (Pottery Barn Knockoff) Patriotic Onesie {Plus Free Cut File} Patriotic Shirts with Layered Heat Transfer Vinyl DIY Patriotic Tote Bag Red, White & Blue - Patriotic Decorations How To Create DIY Temporary Tattoos Made in America Freezer Paper July 4th Shirts Red, White, and Blue Paper Star Lanterns Fourth of July Rustic Flag Paper Sparklers Pretty Patriotic Pillow Nautical Star Burlap Banner: Stencil Material Tutorial Patriotic Map Art Wooden Fire Crackers; July Silhouette Challenge DIY Chalkboard and Vinyl World Map Let's Talk about Red White and Blue! DIY 4th of July Baby Outfit How To Make A Pinwheel {+ Free Template} Patriotic Nail Art Star Jewelry Vinyl on Wood Blocks Land That I Love Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Placemats DIY Paint Splattered Patriotic Tote Bag Patriotic Mason Jar Candle Holders

1. Our Rosey Life // 2. My Mom Made That // 3. The Kim Six Fix // 4. Create & Babble // 5. The Frill of Life // 6. My Paper Craze // 7. Kate’s Paper Creations // 8. Simply Kelly Designs // 9. Dragonfly & Lily Pads // 10. Mama Sonshine // 11. Lil Mrs. Tori // 12. Tried & True // 13. It Happens in a Blink // 14. McCall Manor // 15. The Thinking Closet // 16. unOriginal Mom // 17. Sowdering About // 18. Weekend Craft // 19. The Outlandish Momma // 20. Adventures in All Things Food // 21. Practically Functional // 22. Silhouette School // 23. Please Excuse My Craftermath… // 24. Ginger Snap Craft // 25. Pineapples And Pinecones // 26. Black and White Obsession // 27. TitiCrafty // 28. Architecture of a Mom //


  1. Kristy gd

    Great bag Becky! I’m a big fan of freezer paper, and having done an intricate freezer paper design for the challenge of it, I applaud you for sticking with it! I’m sure you’ll get a lot of use out of it in the future.

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks Kristy! I had my doubts about half way through with this one but I love the result.

  2. Jessi @ Practically Functional

    Oh I love it, what a great idea! Pinning!

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks Jessi! I had a lot of fun with this project. I appreciate the pin!

  3. Rachel @ Architecture of a Mom

    Love this tote bag! I want one too!

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks Rachel! I’ll be using the freezer paper all the time now.

  4. Nana

    Fabulous bag. Love it. Have a creative day.
    Hugs Nana

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks Nana! I’m having a lot of fun experimenting with new techniques.

  5. Emily @ My Mom Made That

    I still haven’t tried freezer paper, even though I have a huge bag of it. I’ve been too nervous to give it a shot. Love the bag, pinned and stumbled!

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Emily, when working with fabric, I’m totally hooked on the freezer paper. Thanks so much for the pin and stumble!

  6. Kim (TheKimSixFix)

    I love how this isn’t made with any custom supplies. Just stuff you can find at the grocery/hardware store. Proof that after the Silhouette, you don’t have to invest in lots of other stuff to get a great project

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks for stopping by Kim! We love our Cameo!

  7. Patti

    One can never have too many totes…pinned and stumbled!

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks so much Patti! We appreciate the pin and stumble!

  8. Jody Cowan

    I’m so glad I found this on the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop. I really like it but I don’t know if I could make it. I pinned it for you though!

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks so much for stopping by Jody! I’m definitely hooked on this freezer paper technique for working with fabric. Thanks for pinning!

  9. Karen Marie Kedzuch

    Darling project that is well thought out and easy to follow directions.
    SC Love,
    Karen Marie
    Dragonfly & Lily Pads

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks so much Karen! This was a lot of fun.

  10. Jenna @ A Savory Feast

    This looks great, and it doesn’t seem too hard to make either. Thanks for sharing on Hump Day Happenings.

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks Jenna! And thanks for hosting.

  11. Randi Sowders

    Great job on this! It looks amazing! Stopping by from the Silhouette challenge group!

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks Randi! I’m still trying to get to all the projects.

  12. Amanda

    This is such a wonderful project! You did such a good job on this and thank you so much for the instructions! I just love it!

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks Amanda! This tote bag was a lot of fun to make and so easy.

  13. Kimberlee

    Cute bag! I love patriotic projects – thanks for sharing the links to the others, too.

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks Kimberlee! We love the monthly Silhouette group challenge. So much inspiration.

  14. Kristina & Millie

    Too neat! Love the bag and design! So cool you can use freezer paper!

  15. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking

    Oh what an awesome looking bag!!

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks so much Alicia! We appreciate you stopping by.

  16. Kimberly

    Love this! Pinned. Thanks again for being a part of our party. i hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. Lou Lou Girls

  17. christine

    Thanks so much for linking up your tote w/ us. It’s being featured today on The Wednesday Roundup! Congrats, hope to see you back today

  18. Angela

    Thanks so much for stopping by The Wednesday Roundup Link Party! This is a fantastic bag!!!! Congrats on being on of our featured picks! This is now pinned onto The Wednesday Roundup Pinterest Board! Hope to see you again next week!

  19. Erlene

    Such a fun project. Really amazing what you make each week with your Silhouette. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday Linky Party.

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks for stopping by Erlene. Love linking up with you.

  20. Michele @ Our Rosey Life

    I keep telling myself to try a freezer paper project. You made it look so easy and your tote bag is perfect!

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      You really must try the freezer paper Michele. It is really easy and creates a nice seal. Thanks for stopping by.

  21. Mindie Hilton

    Cute bag! Thank you for sharing at Bacon Time!

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