Block-printed tote bag

Giving block-printing a try while making a tote bag

Giving block-printing a try while making a tote bag

Before starting on a much bigger project involving block-printing, I wanted to try out the technique with the blocks that I bought from an Etsy seller.  I also wanted to swap out the bright green nylon tote bag I’ve been using to bring stuff to A&S classes and meetings with something that looked-and-felt a little bit more appropriate (even if it’s not actually historically-informed).

Outside of the finished bag, with a printed pocket

Outside of the finished bag, with a printed pocket

With some wool fabric from a friend who was de-stashing, I made a simple tote (pretty much the same shape as my green bag) and block-printed with gold acrylic paint mixed with textile medium.  A pretty simple project, but I’m happy with the result, and it helped make me more confident to move onto the larger block-printing project!

Inside of the tote, with a printed pocket with a zipper (for security) and a small loop and hook for keys/etc.

Inside of the tote, with a printed pocket with a zipper (for security) and a small loop and hook for keys/etc.

The bag itself is wool, however I made the straps from leftover medium-weight linen, because the straps will be less prone to stretching… and because I didn’t have quite enough wool!

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One comment on “Block-printed tote bag

  1. […] also taught a class on it this spring/summer. This is the first project I’ve done (after that little practice bag) that involved block printing – let alone printing to this […]

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