Customised tote bags using fabric paint

The Ordinary Lovely: Potato print tote bag

Does anyone else out there sometimes get a little bit jealous of the cool crafts that children get to do? Do you ever find yourself holding on to the paintbrush just a little too long while your little one looks on impatiently? Or do you maybe get lost in colouring only to realise that you've pretty much finished the whole book singlehandedly while your child has long left to play with something else? Surely it can't just be me? Right? Over the past couple of weeks, the boys have turned their hands to decorating tote bags with fabric paint and also creating their own prints out of potatoes. And I've been so jealous. So last week, when they went to bed, it was my turn. And I did both. Combined!

Plain tote bags are incredibly inexpensive (I picked up a pack of ten for next to nothing after a quick search online) and fabric paint is just a couple of pounds. Fifty pence for a couple of potatoes and you're in business! For two of the prints, I used biscuit cutters (the egg-shape and the gingerbread man) and the others (the arrow, semi-circle and Swiss cross) I cut free-hand. It was so easy to do. And then I simply dipped them in fabric paint and created my patterns. At first, I was going to dip the potatoes in the paint at every turn but then I decided that I quite liked the different shades of black as the paint wore off the potato. I think the difference in the depth of colour adds a bit more character to the bags. They're perfect because they're imperfect.

What do you think? Do you like them? Would it be something that you'd try too? And are their any children's crafts which you'd secretly like to do for yourself?

The Ordinary Lovely: Potato print tote bag
The Ordinary Lovely: Potato print tote bag
The Ordinary Lovely: Potato print tote bag
The Ordinary Lovely: Potato print tote bag
The Ordinary Lovely: Potato print tote bag
The Ordinary Lovely: Potato print tote bag
The Ordinary Lovely: Potato print tote bag
The Ordinary Lovely: Potato print tote bag
The Ordinary Lovely: Potato print tote bag