Easy Crafts: Make a Heart & Stripes Tote

Lookin’ good this summer.

It’s that time of year when you’re totin’ stuff around – to camp, to the pool, on vacation. Don’t you need a cute bag to hold everything? This DIY dyed tote is an easy option using a store-bought canvas bag and Dritz iron-on flock lettering and dye as embellishments. Mix it up! We used pink dye, but you can add Americana flair if you’d like. Take the patriotic route by choosing bright red or navy blue dyes for your stripes. Yay, summer!

Easy Crafts: Summer Tote with Iron-On Lettering & Dye

Gather your supplies:

  • Large white canvas tote
  • Dylon® Permanent Dye (Flamingo Pink shown)
  • Dritz® fabric pen or pencil
  • Dritz® iron-on lettering (flock fonts shown)
  • Dyeing materials: Wilton mini squeeze bottles, small funnel, rubber bands, salt, measuring spoons
  • Iron
  • Scissors
  • Printer & paper
  • Hole punch – optional
  • Tweezers – optional

Before you begin, download, print and cut the heart pattern.

 


Easy Crafts: Summer Tote with Iron-On Lettering & Dye To create the ‘stripes’ pattern, scrunch the tote from left to right. Wrap 4 rubber bands along the length of the fabric; space them evenly, to the width you want your stripes.Using the funnel, add 1/4 teaspoon salt and 2 teaspoons of dye into the squirt bottle, and fill it the rest of the way with hot water. Put the cap on and shake.

Easy Crafts: Summer Tote with Iron-On Lettering & Dye Squeeze all of the dye onto the sections of the bag that you want dyed for stripes. Let sit for approximately 45 minutes.

Easy Crafts: Summer Tote with Iron-On Lettering & Dye Remove rubber bands and hang to dry, making sure the stripes are vertical as shown so that the water drips in the direction of the stripes (and not onto the white stripes!).Notice those Getta Grip® clips? They’re awesome and we seriously use them for everything!

Easy Crafts: Summer Tote with Iron-On Lettering & Dye Iron the tote to remove wrinkles for a smooth tracing surface.Trace the heart template onto the center of the bag (you’ll need to trace it twice to create both sides of the heart).

Easy Crafts: Summer Tote with Iron-On Lettering & Dye Gently peel the iron-on flock letters from the backing paper and position inside the heart. Start with the largest letters and create the most dominant words first.

Easy Crafts: Summer Tote with Iron-On Lettering & Dye Don’t be afraid to cut the letters to make them fit inside the heart shape.

Easy Crafts: Summer Tote with Iron-On Lettering & Dye Make polka dots using a hole punch on the letters that you’re not using, and that are still on the backing paper.When you’ve made all the dots you can reach from the paper’s edge, cut the paper so the punch can reach interior letters.

Easy Crafts: Summer Tote with Iron-On Lettering & Dye Once everything is in position, lightly press the letters to the fabric for 8-10 seconds. Do not move the iron when applying letters. Place the iron down, and pick it up to reposition it. Use the tip of the iron to work around the circumference of the heart, trying to avoid the pen/pencil outline. (NOTE: Remove the pen/pencil mark as directed on its package.) 

If using rhinestuds to fill in, use tweezers to remove each stud from the transfer paper and place on the fabric. Press with the tip of the iron 3-5 seconds.

Turn the bag inside out and press the back side 15-20 seconds to fully adhere all the transfers.

Ready for summer fun? Tell us about your tote! We’d love to hear about your craft and DIY projects!

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