31 July 2010

Tote Bags

Having remembered how useful the iron on properties of Heat-n-Bond are, I decided to get started on the tote bags my sister sent me for my birthday.  So far I have only done names for the girls, and those will be getting some embellishments as soon as we decide what they want their bags to look like.

I did make this last one to be my knitting bag.  I love how it came out and it was so easy since all I had to do was make the shapes and iron them on. 

 While this process is super easy, here is how I did it:
  1. Ironed the heat and bond onto fabric scraps.
  2. Used Cha Cha's foam bath letters to draw letter outlines on the paper "backing" that was created by step one. (Make sure to do the letters reversed so they will be properly oriented when ironed on,)
  3. Cut out the letters.
  4. Peel off the paper backing and iron on to the bag.
I only mention the process because I was considering cutting out the fabric letters first then putting Heat-n-Bond on them, but I realized just how bad an idea that would be.  Having had good luck with this process I am thinking that I will put this technique to good use when we decorate the girls new rooms!


Heidi Maxwell said...

LIKE! Especially your knit bag. If you get ambitious you could satin stitch around the edges making it look like you spent ages doing applique.

Now, to find a way to slip MY knitting project into YOUR knit bag so it has a hope and a prayer of ever getting done!