Thursday, April 11, 2013

Perry the Platypus Tote Bag Tutorial (with Mickey Too)

My sweet friend Leona took 3 out of 4 of her nieces to Disney World for a week.  She sent me a text that said, "I don't know how moms do it.  I just want to go potty by myself and it not be 1:00 am."   HA!  Ain't that the truth.  Two of her nieces are tweens and she wanted to get them something age-appropriate so she ordered custom tote bags from me.  She wanted Perry the Platypus for one niece and Mickey Mouse for the other.




I made this using freezer paper stenciling.  I have talked about my love for it numerous times and have done lots of projects.  It's so easy and I love that you can basically customize anything you want on a t-shirt or tote bag!

Here's how you can create your own.

I found an image of Perry on google and I imported the image into my Silhouette Design Studio.


Then I clicked on the Trace Option.  First I clicked Select Trace Area and I dragged a box around Perry.  He turned yellow.  Then I played around with the High Res Filter until all the lines were a solid yellow.


Then I clicked Trace and dragged the computer image away to the side.  You'll see I was left with the red lines.  The red lines show you where your image will be cut.  I then sent the document to my freezer paper which was loaded onto my mat and into my machine.  I only have a 12x12 mat so I had to cut this in 2 section.  His front half and back half.


I don't have any pictures of my steps but you can see how to do them in some of my other freezer stenciling tutorials.

Perry was tricky because he had so many layers so I had to really think about what order I was going to paint him.  He ended up perfect!  I had to do a little bit of touching up but nothing major.  Here's where I messed up.


See Jessica's name here?  Well for some reason the paper didn't stick to the bag like it should have and when I pealed the paper up, her name had run together.  I freaked!  This was the last thing I had to do.  I texted my friend and she said, "Eva, walk away from it.  I picked you because I trust you.  I know you'll come up with something else."  Awww!  Thanks Leona!

So, that's what I did.  I walked away and began thinking of a way to cover my oops.  And what better thing to add to a tween's tote bag than a giant ruffle!  Luckily I had a color that matched perfectly.  I ruffled it up and hot glued it on.


I absolutely LOVE how it turned out.


Mickey was way easier.  I hadn't added the name to this tote and didn't want to mess it up so I added a ruffle to this one as well.  


I love the color combination of this one.


So, this is a project gone right, gone wrong and then gone right again.  :-)  My friend said her nieces loved them and I hope you do too!

Thanks for reading!



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20 comments:

Emily said...

Eva,

These are simply darling! Love them! :) My big kid used to love Perry-- he's outgrown the show now. :(

~Emily
A Tossed Salad Life

sweetbenannasam.com said...

My boys would love this!! I have pinned it, thank you! Found you via Keep Calm and Link up, if you have any spare time I would love to have you come to my Sweet Treats & Swanky stuff link party on http://sweetbenannasam.com

Shannah @ Just Us Four said...

So cute! My daughter loves Perry so she would adore this. Great tutorial.

Lauren said...

Super duper cute! Great job. Love the touch the ruffle ads. :)


I'd be thrilled if you'd link up at this week's Off the Hook!

Kathryn Ferrie said...

How awesome is this?!!! I love it and know some great kids who would love this! FUN FUN FUN!

L.A. said...

These are awesome! I love Perry the Platypus soooo much. I watch the show even tho I don't have kids...oh did I just say that out loud? LOL Thanks for sharing.

amy harrison said...

Perry is a huge deal at our house! Love the tutorial. Stopping by from the Uncommon Designs link up! You can check out my DIY Disney blog: www.merryweatherscottage.blogspot.com

Katie @ Creatively Living said...

My kids would love that bag! It would make a great kid's party gift too!

Thanks for sharing it at Monday Funday!

Kallee said...


Thank you so much for sharing how to trace. This is awesome!

Jessi @ Practically Functional said...

Love this, the bags are too cute! I'm sharing this on my FB page this week and pinning it. Thanks for sharing at my party!

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Elise@growcreative said...

Cute! I love the perry one! awesome :)

Cotton Cherry said...

the funniest tote bag i ever saw! thank you for sharing :)

EveryDay Bloom said...

My daughter is in love with Perry...I had to come and take a peek at your project just for her sake. Very clever. And easy! Lynaea @ EveryDayBloom.com

Adrianne at Happy Hour Projects said...

Awww, bummer for the paper not sticking but what a GREAT save!! These are totally adorable!!

Tarah said...

My children would LOVE this!

Nancy Bandzuch said...

Man, this really really really makes me want a fancy cutter.

Katie from Katie's Nesting Spot said...

We love Perry! I think the ruffle is super cute and better than a name anyway, especially for such a busy place where you might not want strangers to know your kids names anyway. Great bags for your friend!

Kristy said...

How fun! :)

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