DIY Iron-On Tote Bag (With Free Printables)

DIY Iron-On Tote Bag

Although this might be in complete contradiction with my ramblings on New Year's resolutions, I've been inspired by motivational and positive quotes that, in just a few words, ring of optimism and good cheer. I like to think of them as an incentive, a reminder, or simply an intention that guides my days.

In the selfish perspective of cheering myself up, I designed three potential mottos: "look up" (that seems to be the words I need to live by lately), "create" and "let your heart sing". As I was trying to think of a way to incorporate these designs (or one of them) into my daily life, the idea of transferring them onto a canvas tote bag occurred to me. After seeing various project using iron-on transfers (for example here, here, or here), and observing that it doesn't require much supplies, skills, or time, I decided to give it a go.

I was pretty happy with the result (pictured above), so I thought I'd share the DIY with you in case you want to try it too!

Supplies needed:
  • Iron-on transfer paper
  • Printer
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Cotton / canvas tote bag
1. Print out your design onto iron-on transfer paper. If you want to use one of the designs I created, you can find them here:
They're flipped so that they will read correctly on the fabric.


DIY Iron-On Tote Bag - Designs


2. Trim around the design leaving a tiny border around the circle.

Iron-On Tote Bag - Cut

3. Position the image face down on your fabric and iron on over it slowly, using the highest cotton setting, no steam, for about 90 seconds. Make sure your design fully adheres to the fabric on all edges.

DIY Iron-On Tote Bag - Iron


4. Let the design cool, then carefully peel off the backing using firm and steady pressure.

DIY Iron-On Tote Bag - Peel Off

That's it! Carry your bag proudly.

DIY Iron-On Tote Bag


65 comments:

  1. Wonderful transfers, love your tote bags :-) and thank you very for for your designs!

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  2. looks great, and i can definitily use some inspiration today... thanks for the designs!

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    1. Hope they'll help you get inspired... Thanks for your comment!

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  3. clemence, such a lovely diy-idea.
    thank you so much!

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  4. Love the simplicity of these & nothing better than tote bags. This could also help organize what bag is used for what. Great diy!

    Melissa
    http://shakeshakee.blogspot.com

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    1. Absolutely, I love the idea of using them to organize bags!

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  5. Oh I love this!! It looks very professional, and I love that you are surrounding yourself with inspirational quotes :)

    Mackenzie
    www.heybirdfriend.com

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    1. Thank you so much Mackenzie, so sweet of you to say!

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  6. Beautiful DIY! :D

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  7. Im soo doing this next time. Thank you! :D

    http://dreamsaboutjanedoe.blogg.se

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    1. I'd love to see how they turn out if you share a photo! Thanks for your comment :)

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  8. Looks so awesome! I love it!
    xx,
    Erika

    http://jasminblancboutique.blogspot.com/

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  9. CUTE!!! I love simple printable bags. These are perfect. xx. McKenna Lou
    www.lynnandlou.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words!

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  10. These are really lovely! I like the "look up" one the best.
    Trish

    www.jellybonesblog.blogspot.com

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    1. It's my favorite too. Thank you for stopping by!

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  11. great.. those tote nag was simple but pretty ^^

    Rossy
    Me, MySelf and I

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  12. This is so pretty! And it totally makes me want to buy some tulips asap. Just pinned :)

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    1. Thanks for pinning! Tulips put so much joy in the house :)

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  13. really cute. i didnt know transfer paper existed, its a great idea. love how simple it is.
    xfallenmoon

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    1. Yes, transfer paper is great! Super easy to use and not that expansive.

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  14. wowowwwww!!!is there any other name for "Iron-on transfer paper"?????

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    1. I've seen "Iron on cool peel paper" and "Inkjet textile transfer paper"- they are the same thing. Hope this helps!

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  15. Most inspiring post of the day so far!!! Thank you!!! Off to start ironing ;)

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words!

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  16. I love this! Filing it away for this weekend as I'll probably be snowed in and need a good DIY.

    Margeaux
    margeauxknight.blogspot.com

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    1. Hope you'll have fun making them!

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  17. This is wonderful - so simple yet so good :)

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    1. Thank you so much Michele :)

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  18. Oh man this is beautiful!!!

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  19. What a great idea! I love your iron-on designs, too. Thanks for sharing!

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  20. This is so pretty! I've been looking for a canvas bag to use for books and such but hadn't thought of making one. I bet Micheal's has a plain bag.

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    1. I'm pretty sure they do! Thank you so much for your comment.

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  21. So pretty Clemence... I love all of your designs and will be sharing.

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    1. Thank you so much Ann, so sweet of you to say. Thanks for sharing as well!

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  22. OMg that such a great idea, I really want to make a few of these to give to people for birthday present.

    http://www.annanuttall.com/

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    1. Thank you, so glad you enjoy them!

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  23. This is just lovely…I love the clean and simple design. I will give this a try soon, maybe for a Valentine's Day gift! Thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. Oh you're right, it would make a lovely Valentine's day gift! Have fun DIYing :)

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  24. Love this DIY!
    Bookmarking for a future project.
    Thanks-
    ali
    www.40tasks.blogspot.com

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  25. What font is the word "look", love it!

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    1. It's Bombshell by Emily Lime- one of my all time favorite fonts.

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  26. Love it, Clemence. Simple and so pretty! Audrey - This Little Street

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  27. I hope those beautiful tuplips are the free printable ;)

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    1. Ha, unfortunately not! No printable will ever equal fresh flowers :)

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  28. Love it !
    Thanks for sharing your designs.. I wish I knew where to find Iron-on transfer paper here in Barcelona (Spain) !

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    1. Maybe try amazon.es? For example this one?

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  29. thank you so much for sharing this including your high resolution desgins! i love the "look up", i already printed it. i only need to find the right bag now. i am also thinking about printing it on a tshirt :)

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    1. A t-shirt is a great idea as well! So glad you enjoyed the "look up" design.

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  30. Really love this, I'm going to have to try it out! Did you do the calligraphy for the "look" in look up or is it a font? It's lovely! If it is a font I'd love to know what one

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    1. Hi Anne, it's a font called Bombshell (by Emily Lime). It's a wonderful font!

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    2. thanks Clemence!

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  31. i love it!!, I will publish it in my blog! i follow you now, follow me inspiringtrend.blogspot.com

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  32. Anonymous10/17/2013

    Wonderful! Thank you for sharing it.

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  33. Just curious which transfer paper you used? Recently tried some designs on totes and the images didn't fully transfer. I'm thinking it was an issue with the particular paper.

    Thanks!

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    1. Oh no! I used Avery iron-on transfer paper for light-colored fabrics. Exactly like this one: http://www.staples.com/Avery-3271-Inkjet-Light-Fabric-Transfer-Paper-8-1-2-inch-x/product_355125
      Also make sure you're using the highest cotton setting, no steam. Sorry it didn't work, next time will be the good one!

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