I’ve got a sparkly new iron-on DIY for you guys! When you’re lounging around this 4th of July watching fireworks with your family and friends, you’ll most likely be toting around things like bottled waters, baby wipes, snacks… the list goes on and on, right? I don’t always like carrying my purse with me everywhere I go. Tote bags are perfect for combining your wallet, keys, and all of that extra stuff. This year, I gave my “plain Jane” tote a cool new look with this “Snap Crackle Pop!” design! A cute way to portray all of those exciting firework sounds. Fun, huh?!
I created this “Snap Crackle Pop” design in Photoshop, and it’s free! For your downloadable PNG file, just save the image below. And if you love the font I used, it’s available at Creative Market called Spelling Night. Lemme show you how it’s done!
Here’s what you need:
- Cricut Explore Air Machine
- Cricut Adhesive Cutting Mat – Standard Grip
- Iron-On Transfer
- Iron and Ironing Board
- Scissors & X-Acto Knife (Optional)
- Fabric Scrap (to cover iron-on transfer paper)
- Tote Bag
Using Cricut Design Space, I uploaded the file as a ‘New’ project (Note: You’ll need an account for this part). I cut my Iron-On Transfer paper to 7″ x 8″, which is how I arranged the image above to fit in the center of the tote bag. When putting the transfer tape on your cutting mat, be sure the shiny part is facing down. Click the green “Go” icon, then you’re prompted to select quantity and size, check the box that says “Mirror Image (for iron-on)”. Click “Go” again, set your dial position to the material you’re using: Iron-On. Press the flashing “Load” button, then press the Cricut “Go” button on your machine. This is my faaavorite part. And, I actually get to use the work space at my desk since I upgraded from my tiny desk!
Once it’s all done cutting, peel the iron-on off of the grip mat, with the transfer tape. Using an X-Acto knife, your fingernail, etc., peel the tape away from your backing really slowly so you don’t tear your design. Once all or the majority of your tape is peeled away, you’ll “weed” your image by removing any extra pieces that got left behind. Now we’re ready to iron on the design! Place your image on your tote bag with the sticky side down. Take your time and make sure it’s even to avoid it looking crooked.
When you’re happy with the placement, grab your scrap piece of fabric and cover your design before ironing it on. You definitely don’t want to burn the plastic!
After it’s transferred completely with your iron, you’re all done. My daughter would say “That’s suuuper adorable!”… her thing lately, ha.
Now you’ve got one fancy stylish tote bag! If you want to see another Cricut iron-on tutorial that I’ve done, click here and see how I jazzed up a canvas wristlet. As always, thanks so much for reading and I hope you all have a happy and safe 4th of July!