create this fun geo bag with foam stamps and fabric paint.

since charging for carrier bags came into force I've accumulated about £100 of plastic bags under my sink... ok maybe not, but it feels like it!

when I head out shopping I always forget to take bags with me so I end up with yet more to add my pile... gah. I decided to make a market bag to encourage me to be more eco friendly (bye bye plastic) plus I've been wanting to try out stamping for ages so it's a double win!

the technique is super simple and you can stamp on anything from tote bags to cushions. I'd never heard about foam stamps until I read a way cool tutorial from almost makes perfect -game changer.


I decided on a simple triangle stamp so I cut out 4 equal size triangles from the self adhesive foam sheet. remove the backing and stick them together to create one thick triangle tower.

use the foam applicator to dab black fabric paint to one side of the triangle- do a few practice stamps on a sheet of paper to get used to the amount of pressure you need to apply.

Tutorial for hand printing your own fabric.

once you feel confident you can start stamping your fabric. I didn't want perfect shapes (I quite liked the pattern with areas of less paint) but if you want solid shapes just re apply the paint to your stamp and carefully apply again. 

follow the manufacturer's instruction regarding drying time -once you're happy its ready you can take your new bag out for a spin!

Learn how to make foam stamps to hand print onto fabric.

I've used rubber stamps before but foam is so quick to cut you can try as many shapes as you like.. I'll definitely be making some more.

have you ever hand stamped fabric before?

back soon!

caroline x


  1. Such a good idea, these would make good gym or laundry bags too! x

  2. what a good idea! Love it!

    Rachel x

  3. Such a smart idea, really love it x

    Millie x

  4. Great idea, and it looks so good and easy! I'll definitely have to try this - I too always forget to bring my own carrier bags!

    josievictoriaa / fashion, travel and lifestyle

    1. I forget every. darn. time.. haha! thanks josie :) xx

  5. Such a clever and simple idea - thanks for sharing!

    Hannah | Oh January

  6. This looks really cute and easy!

  7. Great DIY - I gotta try this out. It seems simple enough for me not to mess it up!

    Claire // Technicolour Dreamer

    1. haha you couldn't -so easy (and fun!) xx

  8. a cute, quirky DIY! love the look of a drawstring bag compared to the usual tote~

    Vivian | LIVE . IN . LOVE


    1. I love a tote but a backpack is way more fun haha :) xx


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