Friday, December 26, 2014

Gelli Printed Fabric Tool Tote

When I saw decorated tool totes from Harbor Freight Tools on the Gelli Plate blog, I know I had to make one (or a dozen. LOL)

My first one (not pictured) followed their directions more closely, I matted my prints in black felt and sewed down the layers. Then I used hot glue to attach them as I didn't think redline tape was a good long-term fabric-to-fabric solution.

I liked it, enough, but I did not like the behavior of the felt over the week it kicked around my studio. It kind of frayed and shed... not in a good way. 

So I made another one hot gluing the gel-printed fabric directly to the canvas bag.

Much better!

The fabric molded around the curves of the canvas much easier than the stiffer felt.

I added a little bit of waterproof pen outlining and hand writing and some white paint in the darker spots.

So cute! And these bags are intended to carry power tools so they're really sturdy. Perfect for carrying or storing projects.

Thanks for visiting :)


Carol Harlan said...

What about using heavy gel medium or YES paste instead of hot glue? I got a bag for Christmas . Hope to fool around wit it soon. Thinking of maybe painting on it too.

Denise Spillane said...

Wow, turned out great. I think I have a small one of these somewhere. I have to find it.

Lucy May said...

Your bag turned out great. I like it with out the felt also! I made journaling bags a year ago using the HB tool bags but i just painted directly on them. I really enjoy the size and pockets on this little bag and that its stands by itself so well!

Penny said...

Nicole, you turned something functional into something beautiful! Love it! :^)
Hugs, Penny
Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

Carmen said...

Ooh, this is just lovely! Such bright and sunny colours for such a drab day (at least here) as well :)

Darcy UK said...

Love it.. My Mum brought 2 of these bags back for me a while ago, must find the time to decorate them.