Teacher appreciation week is usually the first full week of May, which means it will be here before I know it.  I usually wait til the last minute to make (or buy) something for the teachers, but this year I thought I’d try and get a head start. I decided make a custom tote/gift bag.  This bag is a great gift by itself, but I think I’ll fill it up with supplies for the classroom.
I start by cutting out my design using heat-transfer (press) vinyl and weed away the excess vinyl (be sure to cut the design in reverse).  This design is 3 colors, so I have 3 different pieces of vinyl.

To help make placement of the design easier, I layer all the pieces so it looks like the finished design.  I put the color I iron on first on the bottom.  Then, I place all the pieces on my fabric and use a ruler to make sure it’s centered.

I remove all the layers except the first and iron it in place.

Then, I repeat with the remaining pieces.

I love working with heat transfer vinyl.

It is so easy and quick to use and the results are so professional looking.

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