Winter Wonderland Tote Bag with Vintage Doily Snowflakes

Winter Wonderland Tote Bag with Vintage Doily Snowflakes

I decided to spruce up a plain, navy blue tote bag I had found during one of my thrifting adventures. Truthfully, I didn’t NEED another tote bag- let’s face it, who really does?- but it was in great shape, and at $2.99, it was the perfect candidate for embellishment. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Dark blue canvas tote bag from thrift store to get a DIY makeover for winter and Christmas by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A blank canvas- literally!

I decided a wintry scene would be perfect against the dark blue canvas, and since I can’t draw freehand to save my life, I found a great printable of a naked tree. I printed and cut out the tree, then pinned it to some glitter felt I had on hand to create my winter tree.

Dark blue canvas tote bag from thrift store to get a DIY makeover for winter and Christmas by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A naked winter tree!

I pinned it to my tote bag like this to start creating my snowy scene…

Creating a snowy winter scene on a thrift store canvas bag using small crocheted doilies as snowflakes and felt by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Getting started on the makeover…

After I stitched the felt tree to the bag, I pinned on a length of vintage scalloped eyelet trim (similar to this version) to the bottom of the bag, as if the ground were blanketed in snow.

Creating a snowy winter scene on a thrift store canvas bag using small crocheted doilies as snowflakes and felt by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Starting to look like a winter scene, eh?

After I hand-stitched the lace onto the bag, it was time to add the “snowflakes“!! Using small crocheted doilies I found on Etsy, I pinned them on the bag as if they were falling snow and then stitched them in place.

Thrift store makeover: DIY winter snow scene on a blue canvas tote bag using felt, eyelet lace trim, and vintage crocheted doilies by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Oh, I love this!

The scene needed just a little more pizazz- a couple of red birds in the tree perfected it! Like a Christmas Card in tote bag form.

Thrift store makeover: DIY winter snow scene on a blue canvas tote bag using felt, eyelet lace trim, and vintage crocheted doilies by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

There- my winter scene is complete!

I love it- like a nighttime snowfall when the world goes completely silent.

Thrift store makeover: DIY winter snow scene on a blue canvas tote bag using felt, eyelet lace trim, and vintage crocheted doilies by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A serene scene indeed.

Cute without being too cutesy- and now I have the perfect bag to carry when I head to wintertime craft markets and festivals. And please check out my full collection of upcycled and repurposed Christmas project ideas if you need even more inspiration!

Craft on!

S

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PIN ME!Thrift store makeover: DIY winter snow scene on a blue canvas tote bag using felt, eyelet lace trim, and vintage crocheted doilies by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Comments

  1. I like your rationale about buying a new bag, I have thoughts exactly like that when I see a neat, different bag for my stash. Congrats on the recognition for you and your blog for your creativity and hard work. I sometimes feel so lazy that I can only READ about other’s creativity…when I was younger, I was more into crafts. I still enjoy the crafting life, but I enjoy seeing what others are up to more, at this stage.
    Perhaps you have inspired me to embellish one of my finds, though I tend to buy bags that are patterned and eye catching, hardly ever a plain canvas.

  2. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing at Think & Make Thursday!!

  3. how fun and adorably awesome! I love the way you think! The little red birds make it pop and are perfect for the snowy scene. Now I need to check around if I have an totes or bags I can decorate! too neat 🙂

  4. This bag looks fantastic! If you had a spare moment, I would be delighted if you’d drop this (and anything else you’d like to share) by at the #PureBlogLove DIY and recipe link party! I do love seeing your great crafts there! You can find me here: http://picnicnz.blogspot.co.nz/

  5. Thank you so much for attending week 11 of #PureBlogLove and linking your fantastic blog post. This tote bag is really awesome! I love the range of different things you come up with! I can’t wait to see what you have in store for our party next week Thursday 8 PM EST- Sundays at midnight. Your post has been added to the #PureBlogLove Pinterest board for all to see 🙂 Have a great day!
    Nicole

  6. distresseddonna says:

    Since I never leave the house without a good tote bag for the vintage items I seek, I do need a fashionable, seasonable one like this. Doily scraps as snowflakes? Good thing! Thanks for sharing at Make It Monday.

  7. This is so cute! Love the use of scalloped lace for snow. I have a couple plain tote bags I was going to donate. Now I’m thinking they could be decorated and used for gift packaging. Thanks so much for sharing!

  8. Your new bag is awesome. What a great creation for $3. I’m now your newest follower all over blogland. I cant wait to see what you create next. If you get a chance come over and share your upcycled bag at my link party too.
    Angel

  9. I love how you used the lace and the mini doilies – such a fun idea. Perfect for Christmas Shopping and the January sales!

  10. Amazing transformation! Thank you for sharing and linking up to Scraptastic Saturdays. This post has been shared via Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Have a wonderful week.

  11. Brenda Fox says:

    Love your site, just found it thru Funky Junk Interiors. Great ideas and uncomplicated.

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