hug life embroidered heart tote
I'm already keeping up with my goals- two posts for January! And today's is a fun one.
Last week was a day off school for my kiddos, so what do you do? Well, friends, you go to the dollar store. I had my arms full of neon paints, Valentine's decoration and matches and we headed up to get in line. I was staring off into space, as I usually do, when out of the corner of my eye, I spied this.
I had seen this tote before. My friend, Andrea at Harlow and Thistle- made this KILLER tote for Christmas. (Click on over and see it, it's awesome.) I even loved just the bag itself- and hello? $4? Um, yes. Please.
So have tote, need idea. I went downstairs to my boxes of supplies and found some pink felt. Ok, now we're cooking. I really like pink and grey together and quite honestly, my other friend Alex at Northstory had posted this cute Valentine-y wreath and I had had hearts on the brain ever since.
Heart. (thanks to the Valentine decorations I bought) Check.
Now what to do. I tossed around the idea of a plain heart, but I like goofy wordy stuff, so I knew I needed to word it up. And then I remembered this little sign I made.....
Yup. Just goofy enough.
Now how to put it on. Paint? Nah, paint on felt doesn't make for a neat project. For me, anyways.
I've also been inspired lately, by these amazing AMAZING sweaters by Lingua Franca
Be still my frigging heart.
The only problem is, I don't know how to embroider. Thank you Pinterest. I did a quick search and looked at a few different tutorials and figured out how to do a back stitch. Woo hoo!
I wrote out my wording, and grabbed my black embroidery floss and went to it.
I also taught myself how to blanket stitch so I could put the heart on the tote. Not too bad for a beginner.
Now, all I needed was my little blonde assistant to help me with some photos. In the rain.
I added a couple of pom poms for her too.
I love this tote. I think it's fun and pretty darn cute. I will use it and my daughter will steal it from me. Perfect for a library bag, a shopping tote, crap bag, whatever.
And all for under $10!
The bag (at Dollarama) $4
Felt- 1 sheet (Dollarama) $.68 (their felt is 2 for 1.25)
Embroidery floss- 1 skein $1 (I'm ballparking this, you can get packages of it at the dollar store too, so this might actually be less)
Pretty much 6 bucks AND I made it in an afternoon- perfect DIY project in my books.
I've got some other Valentine-y ideas cooking for next time!
choose the hug life friends.