Saturday, April 11

Draw a Doggie Tote: Boston Terrier Tote Bag

It's easy to customize a plain canvas tote with your favorite drawings and Tulip Fabric Markers

Turn a plain canvas tote bag into a work of art featuring a cute little Boston Terrier and whimsical trompe l'oeil accents. You just need a six pack of Tulip Fabric Markers!

Draw Your Own Doggie Tote
DIY Doggie Tote Supplies Needed:
DIY Drawn Doggie Tote

 Start with a blank white canvas tote. You can find these at your local craft store, or online. Maybe you already have one on hand!

1. Practice your doggie drawing first.

To draw a Boston Terrier:
  • Mouth: Start with the bottom: draw a horizontal line and then a very loose "B" shape with the bumps of the B facing downward.
  • Face: Draw a smaller half circle coming out from the line of the B, leaving space on either side.
  • Eyes: Draw eyes coming off of the half circle. Color in the pupils using the black marker. 
  • Ears and Head: Draw two lines coming up from the edges of the B.
  • Curve edges down to make ears, then attach curves to form the top of the head.
  • Nose: Draw a half circle for the nose and color it black.
  • Mouth: Draw a line that splits down at the bottom of the B curve for the mouth. Add a red tongue.
  • Whiskers: Add three dots on each cheek for the whiskers.
  • Color it in: Color the top section of the head (including the ears) black.

How to Draw a Boston Terrier
Now that you have practiced drawing a Boston Terrier, it's time to draw it on your tote bag!

DIY Doggie Tote - Cute Boston Terrier!
 Don't forget to color it in!

DIY Doggie Tote

Don't forget to color it in! If desired, add trompe l'oeil (that means "trick of the eye") details. I added an outline around the doggie with dash marks to make it look like the doggie drawing was a patch that I sewed onto the bag.

DIY Doggie Tote with Trompe l'oeil pocket and glasses

I also added other details like a pocket that runs lengthwise across the bag (with a pair of glasses hanging out of it), a patch pocket with two pens inside it, and a name badge with airmail detail.

DIY Doggie Tote with Trompe l'oeil pocket and glasses

I added outlines and stitch-line dashes to just about everything to add an extra level of whimsical detail.

DIY Doggie Tote with Trompe l'oeil pocket and glasses - Make with Tulip Fabric Markers

You can customize a tote bag any way you like using Tulip Fabric Markers. Just take a few minutes to practice your drawings on scratch paper before you commit them to fabric!

Want more tote bag ideas? Here are some great ways to customize tote bags:

Alphabet Ombre Tote Bag Tutorial

Citrus Slice Tote Bag
Candy Crush T-shirt Tote
Candy Crush T-shirt Tote


Unknown said...

So cute! I love the doggie and all the little details you added. Those pens are great.

Unknown said...

Oh that is too cute! I have those markers too and love them!

Vanessa said...

Love Boston Terriers and love this tutorial!

Kara said...

How cute is that?! Love it and all the little details.

Jenna said...

Oh my goodness! I have to try and make this for my daughter. We have a boston terrier and she loves her!

Angie Holden said...

Too cute!! This is great!

Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} said...

Adorable! Those markers look awesome, too!

Unknown said...

Ahh! I love Boston Terriers :) Such a cute bag.

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