October 9, 2012

Tutorial - Apple Grocery Tote

Hi everyone!  I'm Emily and I'm really excited to be a contributor to The Graphics Fairy-Crafts blog!  I've been following Karen on her Graphics Fairy Blog for quite some time now.  I love the endless ideas and inspiration on her blogs {her blogs were MY original Pinterest!}.  I met Karen a few years ago when I started working part-time at The Old Lucketts Store, where Karen was a dealer.  I love to craft, although with a 2 1/2 and 5 year old, I'm no longer crafting during nap time, it's become more like crafting at midnight.  You have to do what you have to do I guess!

So autumn is officially here, and we'll be hitting up the apple orchard this weekend.  I wanted to make something that was cute and functional...and super-quick to make doesn't hurt either!

For this project, you only need four things:  {1} a fabric transfer (I used Avery #3271 light fabric transfers for ink jet printers), {2} an iron (be sure the steam is off), {3} a canvas tote bag (my pack of 3 was $7.97 at Wal-Mart, and {4} an 8 1/2" x 11" printable (I used the 300dpi apple printable I've attached to this post, which has already been reversed).

*Here's the link to the apple printable I made by grouping three images.  The apples came from a 1913 book on orchards.  It's the same book Karen borrowed for these cherries.*

Open the printable PDF and print it out on your ink jet printer, following the instructions provided with your transfer sheet.  {*TIP:  if you're not using the transfer provided and using text in your design, please note that you need to reverse the image before printing on your transfer sheet.  Trust me, I've forgotten before and wasted transfer sheets.   Your transfer directions will tell you if you need to do this, but a second reminder can't hurt, right?*}

After printing, cut around the image, leaving a small margin as shown.  The reason you do this is because anything that is not a color (i.e., white or clear), will still transfer and takes on a shiny appearance; my image would have been a shiny 8 1/2" x 11" rectangle in the middle of my tote with the apples in the center.  It's not terribly noticeable, but I prefer to have just the apple image transfer, so you'll need to cut it out.  The transfer's colors will be crisper after it's been ironed on. 

Iron the bag first if it's wrinkled.  Lay the transfer face down on your tote and center it.  Using even pressure, iron the transfer on the bag.

Following the transfer directions, I waited 2 minutes before testing the edge of the transfer.  If you try to remove the backing paper while everything is still hot, the image itself may pull back off the bag and it's very tough to get it back down and "looking right"  {trust me, I've done it before and had to start all over, sigh}.  Peel up the papery edge of the transfer to make sure the design is adhered.

If everything looks good, slowly pull the rest of the paper off in a diagonal direction.  Voila!  You're done!  

I'm going to use my tote for apple picking, but you could easily use it as a grocery tote, or Eco-friendly shopping bag.  Thanks so much for letting me share this with you!

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