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Recently most of the stores in my state have stopped supplying single-use plastic bags. As a result, I take re-usable bags with me when I go grocery shopping. But I hate boring, blank canvas bags. So I decided to add a pretty vintage design to one of my bags.
To create the design, I used two beautiful vintage graphics from The Graphics Fairy. I then printed the design on some iron-on transfer paper (this stuff is seriously awesome) and used my regular household iron to transfer the design on to the bag.
Here’s how it turned out:
This custom calico bag is really, really easy to make. All in all, the entire project took me about 20 minutes – including designing the graphic. If you’re using a pre-made graphic, it’d take much less time.
To make your custom calico shopping bag, you will need:
- A plain calico bag or make your own.
- The image or design you’d like to transfer. You can download the design I used here.
- Iron on transfer paper. There’s a decent amount of variation in price/quality of iron-on transfer paper. I use this brand and have found it to be decent quality. There’s also this brand, which is slightly cheaper per sheet.
- An iron.
I haven’t included pictures in this tutorial because it’s honestly so simple that they’re a bit unnecessary.
- To begin, turn your iron up to its highest temperature. Turn off the stream function. Leave your iron to heat up for 5 – 7 minutes.
- While you wait for your iron to heat up, print a mirror image of your design on to your iron-on transfer paper. Cut off any excess blank paper.
- Once your iron is nice and hot, lay your design face-down on the front of your bag.
- Follow the directions on your iron-on transfer paper to transfer your design to your bag. .
You can pin this project here