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What You Make of It: Vintage Coloring Book Totes

What You Make of It: Vintage Coloring Book Totes

By Elizabeth Holcombe Fedorko

Coloring books were, for many of us, our first foray into the wonderful world of artistic expression! When I was a child there was no better treat than a new coloring book from the Woolworth’s Store and sometimes, if I was very lucky, a new box of crayons. I saved many of my childhood coloring books and recently I pulled them out and was amazed at the colorful and whimsical graphics. If you don’t have any of these vintage coloring books, they are easy to find at on-line auctions, estate sales, and flea markets.

Coloring books

Inspired by these delightful pieces of my childhood, I re-purposed the covers into totes. 


To Do CB Tote 1



You don’t have to get as elaborate as I did with my tote, as there are simpler methods for the non-sewer. The main supply you need is computer printer fabric.  You can find packs of these 8-1/2 X 11 inch pieces of cotton fabric with a paper backing in the quilting notions section of your favorite craft or fabric shop. The brand is frequently use is Computer Printer Fabric by June Tailor. You can purchase the “sew-in” variety (what I favor) or the “iron on” kind. The instructions for use on the package are super simple.   If you get the iron on printer fabric, you may iron your printed image to a pre-made canvas tote with out sewing! Easy!


Bluebird CB Tote 1

Elizabeth Holcombe Fedorko, aka Bethsbagz, began her checkered crafting career when at four she realized using paste on paper was better than eating it. Inspired by vintage dime store treasures, vintage fabric, and a no-fear attitude toward color, Beth crafts totes, pin cushions, wreaths, and corsages into her Dime Store Chic creations. Beth would love you to take a peek into her whimsical world at her blog.



Too cute!

Sena Garrett

What a fabulous idea!

Mitzi Curi

This idea is totally charming, and it has Beth's signature all over it! I love her passion for color.

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