Being a crafter I’ve been excitedly awaiting the day that my kids would start school and I’d get to make fun teacher gifts. Well, last fall was that day! My oldest started preschool so I volunteered to make some gifts from the class. For the holidays I made them ornaments from the students, check them out…
For the end of the year I found these awesome The Very Hungry Caterpillar bags from Out of Print. The class spent two weeks on this book and went to the play so I thought personalizing the book bags for each teacher would be a fun gift. I imagine I’ll be making a lot of gifts using merchandise from Out of Print for future teachers and my librarian SIL; that store is awesome for book lovers!
—- WHAT YOU NEED —-
- Heat Transfer Vinyl
- A Cutting Machine (I use the Silhouette Cameo)** You can buy Heat Transfer Vinyl pre-cut in letters/designs at the craft store if you don’t have a cutter** – scroll to the bottom of the page for links to purchase supplies
- The bag, or other fabric item (Check out Out of Print)
- A Heat Press or Hot Iron (pillowcase)
—- HOW TO DO IT —-
- Measure the bag to see how large you should design the customization. Use your software (or pre-cut letters) to design your wording. REMEMBER to MIRROR your words/image before cutting on the Heat Transfer Vinyl!
- Cut the design and then weed out the vinyl. Place the bag on a solid, flat surface and lay the pillowcase, wrinkle free, over the bag. You’ll need to have a little leverage if using an iron. Place the hot iron on the pillowcase and press firmly. Check gently to see if it’s adhered to the fabric. If it hasn’t continue to press until it does. Peel off the clear plastic transfer paper.