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Cricut: How to Personalise a Tote Bag with Iron-On

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Make your accessory completely your own by personalising a tote bag with Cricut. The digital cutting technology makes it easy to get creative and coordinate your tote bag design with any theme.

Try this beautifully vibrant lemon design for a bold bag that will make the perfect party favour at any spring and summer celebrations! It will be easy to coordinate with your theme.

Project and instructions by Hobbycraft Artisan Joey Daley.

Please note: This project contains paid-for content from Cricut’s Design Space app. Screen reference images are taken from the iPad version of Design Space. This project has been created on the Cricut Maker 3, but any of the large Cricut machines can be used for this project.

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*Cricut Design Space app installed on a laptop, PC, Tablet or mobile device

Step 1
Open Design Space and start a new project.
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Step 2

Select the image library and search for the image numbers (below) in the search bar. Select each one and insert onto the canvas.

 

#M18ECE931

#M7EF6030

#M3DFB9

#M81B3C1C

 

Top Tip: Make sure to use the hashtag and letters must be capitalised.

Step 3
Spread out the designs on the canvas so you can edit each one individually, do this by clicking each one separately and moving them. Use the ‘layers’ panel to help if you need.
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Step 4
Duplicate the egg shape so that you have two. Use the 'actions’ panel and click the ‘duplicate’ button.
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Step 5
Using the ‘edit’ panel, edit the size of each image as needed. Select one image at a time and adjust either the width or height as shown.
Step 6

Optional: Recolour the images to the colour iron-on vinyl you will be using, this helps when cutting out the vinyl with the machine. To do this use the ‘actions’ panel and click the colour circle to bring up the colour select menu.

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Step 7
Reposition and turn the images to the correct orientation using the 'rotation' button when selecting an image. If needed, use the ‘edit’ panel to send an image behind others if they are not correctly arranged on the canvas. This step will help you place your cut pieces on your bag.
Step 8
Once happy with the design, click ‘make it’ and select ‘on mat’.
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Step 9
For each mat you need to click and select the ‘mirror (for iron-on)'.
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Step 10
Press 'continue', connect to your machine and select ‘everyday iron-on’ as your material.
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Step 11
Follow the onscreen instructions to complete your cuts, ensure that you place the correct colour iron-on vinyl on the mats, as well as ensuring the iron-on vinyl is shiny side down.
Step 12
Gather all your cut pieces, trim and weed as needed.
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Step 13
Keeping the pieces weeded side up, layer the design as you have on the Design Space canvas. Making sure the orientation of the designs are correct.
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Step 14
Place the layered design on the canvas bag, remember to pre-heat the bag first to eliminate any moisture and creases. You can insert the heat press mat inside the bag.
Step 15
Peel off the black outline cut layer, leaving the lemons and leaves in the correct place. Secure with heat resistant tape as required.
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Step 16

Use the Easy Press to apply the lemons and leaves on to the canvas bag, use the Cricut Easy Press Heat Guide to aid you: https://cricut.com/en_us/heatguide.

Once cooled, peel off the transfer sheets.

Step 17
Lay the black outline on top of the bag, aligning into position over the lemons and leaves. Use the design on the canvas to help again if needed. Press into place, ensure that the lemons and leaves are protected from direct contact with the heat press (cover with a little heat tape if anything is peeking around the outlines transfer sheet).
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Step 18
Once cooled, peel off the transfer sheet and enjoy!
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