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We have a few more weeks until summer is a thing of the past, so I’m trying to pump out as many summertime crafts as possible! Before we know it, we’ll be fawning over fall leaves and pretty pumpkin patches. Today, though, it’s all about the classic nautical motif of summer. I rarely reach for primary colors, but there is something about the combination of red stripes with bright blue that makes me so happy!

With the help of my Cricut Explore and my DecoArt Americana Paints, I created a super simple nautical tote that will take you through the rest of summer in style. And, of course, I had to add some sparkle with some Cricut Glitter Iron-On Vinyl. Let me show you just how easy this tote is to create!

DIY Striped Nautical Tote with Cricut Explore | damask love

You’ll need:

  • Cricut Glitter Iron-On Vinyl in blue (tip: use the lavender Strong Grip Mat when cutting this material)
  • a plain canvas tote
  • painter’s tape
  • Fabric Medium
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Craft Paint

DIY Striped Nautical Tote with Cricut Explore | damask love


Use a weeding tool to remove all the excess vinyl from around your anchor image

DIY Striped Nautical Tote with Cricut Explore | damask love


Tape off a striped pattern on the canvas tote bag

DIY Striped Nautical Tote with Cricut Explore | damask love


Mix one part fabric medium with one part acrylic paint, then use a foam brush to apply stripes between the painter’s tape. Next remove the painter’s tape

DIY Striped Nautical Tote with Cricut Explore | damask love


Allow the paint to dry completely, then use a hot iron…OR the brand new Cricut Easy Press… to apply the glitter iron-on anchor image.

DIY Striped Nautical Tote with Cricut Explore | damask love

DIY Striped Nautical Tote with Cricut Explore | damask love

DIY Striped Nautical Tote with Cricut Explore | damask love

Happy crafting and enjoy this summer craft while we still have some summer left to enjoy!

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40 thoughts on “DIY Striped Nautical Tote Bag

  1. The nautical look is so classic! And once again you’ve made the project look easy! 🙂 Thank you for the inspiration!

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