This customized back to school DIY tote bag is easy to make with the Cricut Maker and a huge hit with the kids plus fits all of their essentials. This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.
I can’t believe that we’re already in back to school season. This year has gone by extremely fast. T is getting ready to go into the 4th grade this year and while we’re still homeschooling, there are a few things we’re doing to get ready for the school year. Our daily routine is a little bit different since we homeschool but we make plenty of trips to the library, extracurricular activities, and play dates with friends. Usually I’m always toting around Tatiana’s things in my bag but with a new baby on the way, we decided it was time for her to take on a little responsibility of her own.
Back to School Unicorn DIY Tote Bag with Cricut
This unicorn DIY tote bag is exactly what she needed to carry all of her things when we’re going out of the house. We made it with our new Cricut Maker and Easy Press 2. The first step to making a tote bag is creating the design. Using Design Space you can make any custom design your heart desires. What I love about the Cricut Maker is that you can upload custom designs that you’ve drawn or created on your computer using a graphic design program. Design Space also gives you the capability to create designs straight from your computer as well.
If you’re crunched for time or working on your first Cricut project, Cricut’s pre-made iron on designs would be a great starting place. It’ll allow you to learn how to adhere iron on vinyl designs to fabric using the Easy Press 2 and weeding tools. Since this was T’s first project that I let her navigate on her own, this was the route we chose. Once her tote bag was complete and she was accustomed to using the Easy Press 2, transfer paper and weeding tools I let her create her own design so that she could make a coordinating pencil case.
Supplies to Make a DIY Tote Bag
- Cricut Maker
- Easy Press 2
- Standard Grip Mat
- Cricut Easy Press Mat, 12″ x 12″ (any size will work)
- Basic Tool Set or Essential Tool Set
- Unicorn Iron On Design or Iron On Vinyl
- Towel or thin cloth
How to Create Your Iron On Design
- Measure the space on your tote bag where you’d like to put your design.
- Create your design in Cricut Design Space. To start a new design, select new project.
- Make sure your design is sized according to your measurements.
- Once your design is complete, attach the iron on vinyl to the standard grip mat. Place the shiny, plastic side down and the vinyl side facing up.
- Roll the mat into the Cricut Maker using the arrow button. Before cutting, be sure to select “mirror image” on the sidebar.
- Cut the design onto the vinyl by pressing the blinking “C”.
- Release your mat from the machine using the arrow button.
- Dig a tip of your weeding tool into a part of the vinyl that isn’t part of your design to peel the excess vinyl away.
How to Adhere Cricut Iron on Vinyl
- Pre-heat your Easy Press 2 to 340 degrees. Make sure to check the heat settings here for the material you’re using.
- Place your tote bag onto the Cricut Easy Press Mat.
- Prep your tote bag by pre-pressing for about 15 seconds with the Easy Press 2. This will remove any wrinkles and pre-heat the surface so that the iron on adheres better.
- Place the iron on design onto the tote bag where you want to adhere it. Then use a thin cloth or towel on top.
- Press down onto the towel with the Easy Press 2 for 30 seconds. Press down on the green C and the Easy Press will count down for you. Once the time is up return the Easy Press to its base.
- Let the iron on cool before removing the plastic. If the iron on doesn’t stick when removing the plastic, reapply the plastic and apply more heat using the method above.
Why Make Custom Back to School Supplies
Custom back to school supplies are a great idea for kids at any age. They really help kids to express their personalities and keep track of their things. How many times have you seen kids with the same backpack at school? Plus custom back to school supplies makes a fun project for the family to do together.
Tips for Choosing The Right Iron On Vinyl
There are so many options when it comes to choosing Cricut iron on vinyl. A good rule of thumb when choosing which iron on vinyl you want to use is to choose something that will help your design to stand out but won’t overpower the design of whatever you’re ironing the vinyl onto. Holographic, glitter, and foil iron on vinyl seems to be a popular choice for us because we love the extra sparkle it gives the design.