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Not All Who Wander Are Lost Tote Bag

By: Cathie & Steve
Cathie & Steve
Cathie & Steve
Cathie Filian and Steve Piacenza are handcraft designers, Emmy Nominated television hosts, book authors, lifestyle experts and the inventors of Hot Glue Gun Helpers. Their shows can be seen in the United States, Australia, South Africa, The Philippines and on the Armed Forces Network.  They were nominated for two Daytime Emmys. Cathie and Steve has also appeared on numerous network shows and specials for NBC, ABC, Discovery Channel, HGTV, DIY and Food Network.  Programs such as Rachael Ray, IVillage Live, View From the Bay and the Florence Henderson Show have featured their creative ideas.
Create a mixed media tote bag with your favorite saying.
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Skill Level: Beginner


Mod Podge ® Silicone Craft Mat
Item #16289
Protect your work surface with this silicone mat. Glues peels right off of it for easy clean-up!


Mod Podge ® Mod Melts - White Milk Glass
Item #24887
Use Mod Melts to create custom embellishments for crafting projects that can be decorated with craft paint. Each package contains sixteen 10" long mini melts.


Mod Podge ® Mod Melter
Item #24888
The Mod Melter is a unique new shaped tool to use specifically with Mod Molds and Mod Melts. Hold the tool above the molds and fill them with ease! You can also use the Mod Melter as an all-purpose glue gun to make everything from molded embellishments to home décor, paper crafts, and more!


Mod Podge ® Mod Molds - Flowers
Item #24889
DIY has never been easier or so much fun! Create your own embellishments to paint and attach to projects. Molds are made of durable, easy-to-use silicone. Bring your projects to life with Flowers Mod Molds!


Mod Podge ® Mod Melts - Colors
Item #25128
Use Mod Melts to create custom embellishments for crafting projects that can be decorated with craft paint. Each package contains sixteen 10" long mini melts.


Fabric Creations™ Soft Fabric Inks - Turquoise, 2 oz.
Item #25990
Super soft fabric ink is the perfect formulation for stamping, stenciling and brushing on fabric. Use with Fabric Creations™ block printing stamps to create one-of-a-kind, artisan-crafted textile projects. Machine washable. Waterbase and non-toxic.


Mod Podge ® Fabric, 8 oz.
Item #CS11218
Decoupage on fabric … why not? Simply use Fabric Mod Podge to apply paper prints or fabric swatches to wearables, totes, banners and more! An exciting new way to embellish your clothes and your home. As a sealer, machine washable in cold water, gentle cycle after 72 hours. Mod Podge ® is an all in one decoupage glue, sealer and finish.


Other Supplies
Canvas tote bag
Wax paper
Owl patch
Heavy duty glue
Fabric-friendly stamp pad
Letter rubber stamps


  1. Draw a tree shape onto a piece of paper.  Place the craft mat over the drawing.  Heat a milk glass (white) Mod Melt stick in a Mod Melter or high temp hot glue gun. Trace over the sketch and allow to cool.  Peel from the mat.
  2. Place a piece of wax paper in between the layers of the tote bag. Position the Mod Melt tree onto the tote bag.  Dip a damp sea sponge into the Fabric Creations and tap off the excess. Working directly above the tree, dab the ink around the tree and onto the bag. Swirl the ink heavier in some parts and lighter in other parts to create a soft look.
  3. Using Fabric Mod Podge, glue the owl patch to the tree. Allow to dry.
  4. Heat a red Mod Melt stick in a Mod Melter (or high temp glue gun).  Squeeze into a Mod Mold.  (We used two Gerber daisies.) Allow to cool seven minutes and pop out.  Use Mod Podge to glue rhinestones to the center of the flowers and to the eyes of the owl. Using heavy duty glue attach the flowers to the owl.
  5. Using the stamp pad and stamps, add a favorite saying to the tote bag.

PROJECT TIP: Stencil it! Add a monogram to the bag with FolkArt stencils and paint.

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