I love creating personalized beach bags for myself, my family and friends. This time I decided to hand-letter my own design and convert it into an iron-on for this year’s DIY beach bag. I’ve been looking forever for foiled heat transfer as well, but I have yet to find any inexpensive alternative, so I tried experimenting by foiling normal heat transfer instead. And even though it’s not quite perfect – I love the look it lent! So what are you waiting for, jump in and see how it’s made!
- Darice Large Canvas Tote Bag
- Electronic Die-cutting Machine
- Silhouette Heat Transfer Vinyl
- Silhouette Hook Tool
- Minc Foil (in Teal)
- Parchment Paper
- DIY Beach Bag Template <– Click to Download
Step 1. Trace and resize the image in proportion to your bag. Cut and weed your design. I used my Silhouette Cameo, but you can use other electronic die-cutters as well or even hand-cut it with a craft knife. Remember to mirror your design when cutting with a die-cutter. Iron your canvas tote to remove all creases – you want it to be crease free before you iron anything else on to it.
Step 2. Iron your design onto the bag, making sure it’s centered before you start ironing and completely adhered before you pull the plastic sheet off. Use the highest heat setting on an iron without any steam. You will know it’s adhered once you see the texture of the fabric on the heat transfer.
Step 3. Cut a piece of Minc Foil as large as your design – make sure it covers the area well! Iron your foil down on the highest heat setting with no steam. Make sure to put a sheet of thin fabric or parchment paper on top of the foil so as not to burn it when ironing. Remove carefully and be amazed at the grungy foil texture!
It’s not perfectly covered but I am very pleased with the way this DIY beach bag project turned out – I’ll be sure to foil more heat transfer projects in the future. I am not sure if it will work on fabric projects that would need to be washed, but I’m itching to try!
I hope you loved this DIY beach bag project. Don’t forget to check out the slew of summer projects we have here on the blog, like this DIY bandana bunting. Happy crafting!