For years my children have been involved in various activities, ranging from swimming lessons to flag football to musical performances. My method for keeping their stuff organized was non-existent. We would just run around trying to find swimsuits, goggles, and beach towels two minutes prior to leaving for class. It was not the ideal situation. So, last year I tried a new approach: Activity Tote Bags.
Please keep in mind that artsy/crafty is not my strong-suit, so if I can make these bags, anyone can. My original idea was to buy some canvas tote bags and use fabric markers to draw on the text and images (Which is laughable… See above: Not artsy/crafty), but while at my local craft store, I discovered Iron-On Image Transfer Sheets. Hallelujah! I just might make these bags look decent after all.
Here’s What You’ll Need
Start by creating the words and images on your computer. Once you have everything the way you want it, print a mirror image onto the transfer sheets. You need to create the mirror image so when you iron it onto your bag, it won’t be backwards.
Following the instructions from the transfer sheets packaging, I heated my iron to high (no steam) and pressed firmly on the iron making sure to get each area ironed for at least 90 seconds. For whatever reason, it states this should not be done on an ironing board, so I did it on a tile floor.
Allow the transfer sheet to cool completely and then peel off the paper backing.
I thought I’d share couple things I learned along the way:
- If you notice the iron-on didn’t quite adhere to the fabric, you can place the paper backing over that part and re-iron. However, if the hot iron touches the ironed-on image or text, it will come off. I know this because it happened to me. Oops.
- I used my “oops” to experiment with the washing machine. I’m glad I tried it out because now I know I cannot recommend it. While most of my pattern stayed on well, some did bubble a bit. I think spot washing by hand is the better way to go. We have used these bags for almost a year now, and they have held up incredibly well.
Not too shabby for a non-artistic person. The concept worked beautifully. No more last minute running around the house trying to find football gloves and sheet music. I decided to keep all the tote bags in our mudroom, which is right by the door. That way, we could quickly grab everything as we headed out the door.
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This post was originally published at View From The Fridge on September 10 , 2015.
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