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I am sure all of you can agree with me when I say, kids are so busy! The older my kids get the more activities they seem to be involved in. I miss the days when going to the library with me was enough excitement to tide them over for the week. Currently we have a practice, activity, game, or concert almost every night of the week.
Of course each activity, practice, and game has it’s own specialized items needed. My oldest daughter seems to be one of the busiest of the family right now. She is currently taking piano lessons, in band playing the clarinet, in twirling, and was just asked to be over the young women her age at church. Thankfully this is less than last semester….I’m not sure where she picked up her overachiever genes.
It was time to get her another bag to help carry everything she would need for her different activities.
I had been looking for an excuse to use iron-on foil. I love all iron-on vinyl, but I have been wanting to try the super shiny look of the iron-on foil. Customizing a canvas bag for her was the perfect project to start with.
Materials needed to customize a canvas bag;
- Cricut Air 2
- Iron-On Foil in Red and Royal Blue
- Standard Grip Cutting Mat
- Weeding Tool
- Ironing Board
- Canvas Bag (I picked mine up at Michaels)
Start by cutting out your image in Cricut Design Space. If you have the Cricut Access the image will be free if you do not have Access the image will cost $.90. Make sure the second layer is hidden, you do this by clicking the eye on the right side of the screen. You will cut this same image twice.
Make sure when you put your iron-on foil on the cutting mat you put the shiny side down. The shiny side is your carrier sheet you don’t want to cut through. Your dial needs to be turned to custom, click on Foil, Iron-on in the drop down menu.
After your image is cut use your weeding tool to weed the parts you will not be using. Weed the outline out of the royal blue, and the petals out of the red.
Iron your bag to get all the creases out of the fabric, iron where you will be placing the flower really well. You want the place where you are planning on putting your flower to still be a little warm when you place your foil.
Put the royal blue down first.
Use a thin piece of fabric or tephlone sheet over the top of your carrier sheet then use your iron set at the highest setting for your fabric to press and heat your image.
I like to press my iron over the image for 10 seconds then move to another spot for another 10 seconds. Then try to lift your carrier sheet off, if any foil sticks to the carrier sheet place the carrier sheet back down and press again. It make take some extra time if the foil is over a seam. Take your time the foil is more delicate then regular iron-on.
At this point we are only “tacking” the foil down as we will be placing the red over the royal blue and ironing it all again.
Now take your red and line it up with the outlines of the royal blue. Press the red the same way you did the blue. Make sure if any edges are coming away with the carrier sheet that you lay it back down and press it again.
After you have removed your carrier sheet lay your fabric back over our image and press it again. The last step I always do is to iron from the inside of the bag. Canvas is pretty thick and it can be difficult to heat through properly, so I always heat the back side of the image to make sure I heated it enough.
Look at that shine!
I love the way it turned out! The best part was when she walked in the door after school she said, “Did you make me that super cute bag?! I can’t wait to use it!” It is such a great feeling when they like what you make them!
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