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How to Put a Design on a Tote Bag
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Item to decorate, such as a tote bag
Decorations, such as a Byala printable design
Iron on transfer sheets with directions
Tip: Regardless of what brand of iron-
Do you have a bag that would be great to use, if it weren’t for that nasty or outdated design on the side?
Just cover it with a Byala design. Then you save the bag from the landfill... or the dark recesses of your closet... or a trip to the donation bin.
It wants to be used, so let it.
Whether you are starting with a tote bag you made yourself, or a previously made bag that you purchased or found, the process of adding a design is the same: start with a prewashed bag, add the design, and then add any further decorations you desire.
You might want to add fringe, fabric paint or glitter. Create a frame around the edges of your Byala design, or embellish the design itself. Yes, we welcome you to customize even the design that you’re using to customize your bag. Make it your own.
There are several ways to get a Byala design onto your tote bag or other item. Here, we’re going to iron on the design.
You’ll need to get the Byala design you’ve chosen onto a transfer sheet -
Follow the instructions on the iron-
If in doubt, try a scrap piece of the transfer sheet on a scrap of your fabric to see if it’s going to work well on the material you’re using. You’re using a premade bag, you say, and you don’t know what it’s made of? You could try ironing a scrap of the transfer sheet to the inside of the bag, where it won’t show.
Just a suggestion: make that piece your initials, to customize your tote even more. If it works, you have your initials inside your bag. If it doesn’t, you won’t waste time, ink or the transfer sheet trying to iron the design on that particular bag.
Tip: Take your time. It might seem like it’s taking forever to transfer a design
onto fabric, but it is worth the time it takes. Rushing means your design might peel
off, and although you can reprint your design as many times as you want, it would
still be a waste of a transfer sheet and t-
Like this design? Get it!
Ready? Find your printable design!
Don’t have a bag? Click here for directions on how to make a tote bag.
If direction matters, be sure to print your design mirror image so that it will iron on correctly. Follow package instructions for ironing designs onto fabric.
Some computers/printers will print the design mirror image automatically for transfers,
so be sure to check. I once flipped an image that had text on it, only to find out
that my computer flipped it for me when I told it that I was printing an iron-
Put a design on a tote bag, t-
Transfer medium lets you print on paper, then transfer the design to fabric. Options unlimited!