The Darby Smart State-Ment tote was one of them in the past few weeks. Not as quick as other projects, it was still a lot of fun to make.
The kit came with a canvas Baggu Duck Bag (which are great, simple totes, in case you’re wondering), a stencil of the U.S. and fabric markers. I wasn’t digging the marker color I received, which was fine by me, so I pulled from my own stash of fabric markers (Stained by Sharpie) and selected a neon pink to use. Also included inside my kit were a few bottles of fabric spray paint; there’s a similar DIY tote offered from Darby Smart, so I’m thinking these mediums were just one possible idea of how the two projects could be combined.
The stencil is definitely a bit fragile and doesn’t adhere to fabric, so you need to be very careful when working with it. Unfortunately mine broke right out of the package. It’s hard to see, but Wisconsin is cracked.
I found that using duct tape to keep the stencil tight to the bag’s surface was a great technique. I started on the east coast and outlined each state before coloring it in. In hindsight two of the Sharpie markers would have been ideal for this as my one marker was on its last legs toward the end of the project. It also took a lot longer to color in as opposed to the other markers included in the kit.
To personalize the U.S., I reserved the glittery silver marker I received to color the state of Michigan and add the “YOU ARE HERE” stencil that was part of the shipment. Like it?
I heat set my finished design per Sharpie’s suggestions. I received a lot of great feedback when I carry the bag. And why wouldn’t I – there’s a glittery Michigan on there!