Make a sparkly summer tote using craft punches, scissors and heat transfer vinyl! No fancy cutting machine needed.
Hi all! Isn’t summer fun? For us, being in the middle of big out-of-state move, and a lot of travel it has definitely been an adventure. All my cool craft supplies are packed up and in storage for now, so when this fun opportunity to work with heat-transfer vinyl from Expressions Vinyl came about, I had to get a little creative.
I was provided some free product from Expressions Vinyl for this post and this blog hop. Please check them out and check out some of the great projects from my blogging friends at the bottom of this post!
What you need:
- Heat-transfer vinyl
- star craft punches (I have two sizes- affiliate link)
- a print-out of a letter to trace
- tote bags (affiliate link)
Expressions Vinyl recommends washing any garments prior to putting on the heat-transfer vinyl. The package of the totes I purchased states that it doesn’t require washing prior to “decorating.” So I didn’t. I figured machine washing would make the totes all wonky, and I don’t have the patience for hand-washing.
Start by printing out your letter of choice, in the font that you want. Make it big enough that it is 5-6 inches tall. If you can print it out in reverse, that would be easiest, but I didn’t, and it was fine. Just turn the letter around when you cut out your vinyl.
So cut out your paper letter, make it reverse and tape it to the back of your vinyl. Cut it out. Punch out all the stars that you want to decorate around the letter. Lay them out on the tote.
The heat-transfer glitter vinyl has a sticky clear plastic attached to the front that you can use as transfer paper. Leave it on the vinyl for ironing.
Once you have all the vinyl placed on your tote, double check that the stars are placed the vinyl side down. It can be a little hard to tell with the glitter vinyl and I may have attached a star to my mom’s dishtowel. Sorry mom!
Turn your iron on the cotton setting and turn off the steam if you can. Cover the tote with a thin dishtowel and place the iron down. I had to use pressure and leave it in place for 30 seconds. Then move the iron to another area and repeat. I found that some spots adhered better than others, and that if I removed the clear plastic transfer part of the vinyl it stuck better.
Once all the vinyl is ironed on the project is complete. Ridiculously easy!
Now check out some of these other fantastic ideas using Expressions Vinyl!