The week that Zootopia came out, I went to see it. Twice. In three days. Why? Because it was adorable, but also because of a blink-and-you-miss-it cameo by the cutest tote I’ve ever seen. (No photos of it have surfaced yet, so bear with me; our memories and imaginations will have to do for now.)
The tote appears as a minor prop in a scene where Judy Hopps—the spunky protagonist of the film—prepares to board a train leaving her rural hometown, Bunnyburrow, for the big city of Zootopia. With burlap handles painted to look like ears, and a smiling bunny face, the bag was this do-it-yourselfer’s springtime dream.
Inspired by Judy’s can-do spirit, I made one for myself and crafted a tutorial that’ll show you how to make one, too.
*What’s ‘acrylic medium’? Acrylic medium is a liquid that transforms regular acrylic paint into fabric paint. While it’s not essential to your tote bag crafting, it’ll make your paint easier to spread and machine washable.
- Start by tracing your bunny’s face and ears onto your canvas tote in light pencil. Trace a round object (a quarter or dime works well) to draw the eyes and mouth. Using the same object will ensure your circles and half-circles are a consistent size.
- Mix acrylic colors of your choice with the acrylic textile medium in a small dish, using a roughly two parts paint to one part acrylic medium ratio. If your tote bag’s fabric is particularly thick, add more medium to your mixture. This will help you paint smoother lines.
- Fill in your sketched outlines with paint and wait until they are dry to the touch. (If waiting is giving you flashbacks to the DMV scene in Zootopia, a blowdryer is great for speeding up the process!)
- Once the paint has dried, outline the shapes of the eyes, ears and nose in a color of your choice.
- Let your paint dry completely before beginning work on the other side.
- Cut out and trace this printable template, or freehand your carrot and blueberries illustration by drawing a rounded triangle and small ovals.
- Repeat steps 2-3 from Side A.
- Paint a circle around your logo (as pictured) and fill the blank canvas with white.
- Let your paint dry completely before use.
Your tote is complete—ready for a trip to the Farmer’s Market, or to be styled to your heart’s content. We suggest adding some Disney pins or adding a light scarf to a handle for an extra pop of color.
Have some styling ideas of your own? Let us know in the comments below and don’t forget to tag @DisneyStyle on Instagram to share your creation!