Arabic Fig Canvas Bag {Tutorial}

Today on our 9th day of Ramadan crafts, we talked about figs, which are called tin in Arabic.


Figs were found in Palestine dating back to 9400–9200 BC. The nine figs that were discovered lacked embryonic seeds. It is proposed that this sterile but desirable type was planted and cultivated intentionally, one thousand years before the next crops were domesticated (wheat and rye).


In modern times, three of the four highest producers of figs in the world, accounting for 64% of the production, are Arab countries: Algeria, Egypt and Morocco. Turkey is the fourth.


The fig is even mentioned in the Quran, the Muslim holy book, in Sura 95, named al-Tīn. It opens with the oath “By the fig and the olive.”  In the Bible, the quote “each man under his own vine and fig tree” (1 Kings 4:25) has been used to denote peace and prosperity.


My teen daughter made this bag tutorial and I only helped her write the word
تين, tin in Arabic.



Canvas bag
Fabric paint
Blue tape

We started by cutting our our fig outline we found online and taping it down to our bag.

We painted the inside of the fig purple.

Once it dried, we took the paper off and cut out the stem shape also. We painted it green.

We again waited till everything dried. Meanwhile, we cut out a few of the lines that make up the outside texture of the fig.

Using them as a guide, we drew out a few lines, making sure to add a few to the stem also.

Next we wrote out the word tin.

Then we just waited for it to dry. Here is a close up of our masterpiece.

We think it turned out great and now it’s ready for the world.


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I am a Libyan American who creates art to promote a positive image of Arab and Islamic culture.