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DIY Library Bags

It’s officially Summer break at our house, so it’s time to think of things to keep the kids busy.  We will probably be taking a few trips to the library so, of course, we need some DIY library bags for all of our books.

DIY Library Bags

We like to make up stories that are frequented by knights, dragons, princesses, and unicorns, so these are perfect!

DIY Library Bags
DIY Library Bags

I picked up the canvas tote bags at the craft store and used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the design in some smooth heat transfer vinyl.  And, you guessed it, time for another Silhouette promotion!  From now until June 15th you can get any of the following amazing deals:

Did you catch that?  ALL heat transfer products are buy 1 get 1 free!  I think I might even be taking advantage of this sale!  I really want to try the printable heat transfer material.  To get the special pricing, you must click the link HERE and enter promotion code CUTESY at checkout.

Now for the tutorial.  I used shapes dragon, knight silhouette, magical unicorn, princess silhouette, and apple book.  I used Gothic Leaf font for the “O” and Parchment or Old English fonts for the rest (those are both on my computer already and are pretty much the same).  Erase the parts of the images that you don’t need and arrange them on the image of the book.  For the princess, delete the small details on her face.  They are too small to cut correctly.

Select your entire image and flip in horizontally to create a mirror image.

The heat transfer vinyl is loaded without a cutting mat, so be sure to select “load media” instead of cutting mat.

Load it with the shiny side down!!!  Don’t ask me how I know this, but if you load it with the shiny side up on accident, you can still turn in back over and cut on the correct side.  Better if you do it right the first time though. 🙂

Peel away the negative space from the clear backing.  You should be left with your reversed image.

Turn the image over so the words read the correct way, and place them on your tote bag.

Put a cloth over your image and press FIRMLY for 45-60 seconds.  With an image this large, I found it best to focus on half of the image at a time.  Really press hard and don’t skimp on the time.  Peel off the clear backing.  If any of the image starts to peel up, try ironing again.   Click here to see a great video tutorial from Silhouette.

Aren’t they cute?!

We are going to be stylin’ at the library!

Cutesy Crafts is an affiliate of Silhouette America and will receive a commission if my promo code is used. As part of Silhouette’s promotion, I was given a free product to use. All opinions are my own. To read my full disclosures click here

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