DIY Monogram Stripe Bag

August 30, 2018Kelly Baum

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I’ve had a set of canvas pouches sitting on my desk for ages and last weekend I finally decided to turn them into something more beautiful…a DIY monogram stripe canvas pouch that’s perfect to carry my beauty essentials in!

DIY Monogram Stripe Bag

I love monograms but I love them even more with a classy stripe design behind! This is a very simple project and took me under an hour from start to finish. Don’t forget to check out the end of the tutorial where I give some tips and tricks to working with acrylic paints and canvas – they’re a lifesaver!

How to make a DIY monogram stripe bag

DIY Monogram Stripe Bag
Grab your credit card and head to Michael’s because here’s what you’ll need:

  • Canvas pouch (I purchased this set here)
  • White acrylic paint
  • Dark shade of acrylic paint (I used navy blue)
  • Medium shade of acrylic paint (I used watermelon pink)
  • Detailing paint brush set
  • Masking tape
  • Hairdryer*

//Step 1: Map your stripes with the masking tape. Don’t forget to place one across the middle to leave room for the monogram box! Paint a thin white stripe first and dry.

DIY Monogram Stripe Bag

//Step 2: Move the masking tape further away from the white stripes and paint the pink stripes, carefully detailing the edges near the white stripe, and dry.

DIY Monogram Stripe Bag

//Step 3: You should have a guide now as to wear to place the tape to form the box you’ve been saving room for – paint white and let dry.

DIY Monogram Stripe Bag

//Step 4: Type your initials in your favorite serif font in Word (I used Playfair Display, available on Google Fonts) and very carefully (and lightly!) recreate the letters with a pencil. Any mistakes will easily be retouched later with white paint.

DIY Monogram Stripe Bag

//Step 5: Using the smallest detail brush you have, carefully paint over the pencil and let dry.

DIY Monogram Stripe Bag

And voila! You’re done! Now here’s a few tips and tricks I learned while making the DIY monogram stripe:

  • Use a hair dryer set on warm to dry the paint in between coats – this is why it only took my an hour instead of three, it’s because I wasn’t waiting for paint to dry!
  • When you lay down the masking tape, run your fingernail several times along the seam where you’ll be painting. You want to create as much of a seal as possible to avoid paint seeping through.
  • You’ll need a very fine detail paint brush to create thin lines in the letters – I ended up having to cut mine down so don’t be afraid!

All in all, I’m in love with this project and I can’t wait to find more bags around the house I can adorn with this little DIY monogram stripe project!

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