Easy Gift Idea – Pizza Lover Tote

I think it’s a safe assumption that everyone has a pizza lover in their life.

I know I do!  My bae Heidi loves pizza more than any person in this world.  I asked her for her favorite pizza quote, and she provided me with, “Pizza is the only love triangle I want.”


You could make this gift for ANYONE.  I would suggest snooping on their Pinterest boards for a quote or phrase they have pinned.

I’m joining up with my blog friends who are putting on a blog series called Dare to DIY.  Today’s theme is give handmade.  You can find more ideas over at Maybe Matilda.

dare to diy

After Heidi told me her favorite pizza quote, I designed it on picmonkey and printed it off.

pizza love triangleI very carefully cut out the letters with an xacto knife to make a stencil.  I realized this would be MUCH EASIER if I had a cutting machine.  Hopefully there’s one in my future, but right now, I’m going old school.



I centered the “stencil” on the tote, then taped it down.  I tried painters tape, but it wouldn’t stick to the bag.  So I used duct tape.  I taped down the middles of the letter for the stencil.


I mixed acrylic paint with textile medium to make fabric paint.


I used a stipple sponge brush to paint the tote bag.


Unfortunately, the middle of the letters on “Love Triangle” lifted up, so those got filled all the way in.


I free-handed a slice of pizza at the top of the tote.  In general, I was a little disappointed how the paint bled a little.  I was hoping for crisper lines.  But I guess I’m not surprised after using a piece of paper as a stencil.

I still think the bag is still pretty rad.  I think it works since the font I used already had a ‘handwritten quality’ about it, so the bleeds just kind of added to that.  I’m pretty excited to send it off and check something off my Christmas gift list!




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  • Ha! Love this quote. And tote!

    • Kenz

      haha thank you!

  • BAHAHAHA! love this! and yes so true. although pita chips are a close second.

    • Kenz

      PITA CHIPS! haha, I should make you a pita chips bag 🙂

  • Ha hahaha. LOVE that quote. And your bag is so awesome. I would totally bring that on a take-out run too. Love this one Kenz!!

    • Kenz

      I love reusable bags for take out and what not. I’m glad you support the pizza-love!

  • Stephanie, Sandpaper and Glue

    this is super cute, and I love it. I bet even an old cereal box or something would help you get less bleeding, but I actually like how it looks at is 🙂

    • Ken

      Oh man, I cannot imagine how painstaking cutting a cereal box with an xacto knife would be. Good thing I just ended up buying a cricut after this haha

  • Karin

    Love this Kenzie! I think the part that bled looks awesome!

    • Kenz

      I love you! I hope all is well my friend!

  • Heidi Selover

    You are the best! I’m so excited to get this 🙂 Love you, bb!

    • Kenz

      <3 <3 <3 love you!

  • LOVE this. The bag is awesome, and the quote is absolute truth. Perfect gift!

    • Kenz

      Thanks Rachel! I know Heidi sure loved it 🙂

  • I love that saying and I didn’t even realize the letters filled in until you mentioned it!

    • Kenz

      That makes me feel good Cindy 🙂 Thank you!

  • Julia @cuckoo4design

    Love the quote too! Such a fun tote

    • Kenz

      Thanks Julia! I’m a fan of all thins pizza haha!

  • adorable! I’m going to have to start pinning some fun quotes so that someone can make me one 🙂

    • Kenz

      haha DO IT! We should do a tribe secret santa and mail each other gifts then blog about it.

  • This is too stinkin’ cute. And seriously, I just put in a good word with St. Nick because you NEED a Silhouette. It’s official. You had the patience to do that whole design with an exacto knife. So you win at life.

    • Kenz

      I will never do that again! Aaron actually ended up getting me a cricut explore for Christmas. I’m still trying to figure it out. The only reason he picked that over the Silhouette is because of its potential to cut other materials. It’s still kind of confusing to me though. Sigh, cutting machines…

  • Amber @ Wills Casa

    This is so incredible and wonderful and absolutely hilarious!! I’m expecting it in the mail for me soon!

    • Kenz

      Oops, I’m a little late on sending you one. Maybe next Christmas haha

  • This is the cutest!!! I love it Kenz!

    • Kenz

      Thanks! It was such a fun gift to make. I think I’ll make totes for EVERYONE next year!

  • Ahhh, so adorable! I love that quote and your freehanded pizza!

    • Kenz

      Thank you my friend!

  • Jess

    You cut all of that by hand? What a champ! There is a pizza lover in my life who would thoroughly enjoy this tote – thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Kenz

      It was the LAST thing I ever cut by hand. I have since invested in a cricut explore haha. That project was enough to make me buy a cutting machine!

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  • rebecca coleman

    Super cute! Do you happen to know what font this is? Thanks!

    • Kenz

      Thanks Rebecca! The name of the font is Sue Ellen Francisco 🙂

  • Abby

    Oh my gosh how awesome! Love that quote! I use an xacto knife too. Takes forever but I’m cheap 🙂 You’ve probably heard of this, but have you tried a freezer paper stencil? You print on the paper side, cut everything out, and iron it on with the shiny side down. No bleeding and it peels right off 🙂

    • Kenz

      WHAT? I NEED TO TRY FREEZER PAPER! I had no idea!