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My kids are heading back to school soon and we are gearing up for an adventure-filled school year. While there are lots of changes happening around here there is one thing that remains constant and that is my kids love of books. In our house, someone constantly has their nose buried in a book so this Back to School Book Bag with Cricut Infusible Ink is the perfect accessory for my little book nerds
This cute tote bag would also make a great teacher gift too. Simply fill it with a few books they can add to their classroom library and you’ve got a simple and practical gift you know they will use and love.
Ever since the launch of the new Cricut Infusible Ink I’ve been having lots of fun creating new projects. I’ve made several projects with the Infusible Ink transfer sheets, like the Wild at Heart Tote Bag or the Just Chillin’ T-shirt. But I had yet to create something with the Infusible Ink pens so I thought today we could give those a whirl.
- Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore cutting machine
- Standard Grip Machine Mat
- Cricut EasyPress 2 or Cricut EasyPress
- Cricut EasyPress Mat
- Cricut Tote Blank (Compatible with Infusible Ink)
- Infusible Ink Pens
- White Copy Paper
- Infusible Ink Transfer Sheet
- Butcher paper (2)
- Cardstock (80 lb.), White (colored cardstock not recommended)
- Heat Resistant Tape
- Lint roller
- Tweezers, optional
- Design Space software on mobile device or computer
- No Such Thing as Too Many Books SVG
Transfer Design Made with Infusible Ink Pens
To begin, open up the No Such Thing as Too Many Books SVG file. You will see that part of the design has been created using the draw feature as the line type, this will allow you to get creative with the Infusible Ink Pens.
When you are ready hit the Make It button. Be sure to mirror the image and then hit Continue. Select Infusible Ink from the product list and insert the black fine point pen when prompted. Place the white laser copy paper on the mat and load it into the machine to work its magic.
To remove the design from your mat flip the mat upside down and peel the mat away from the design. This will help make sure the paper does not curl or tear, which will make for a much smoother transfer.
Now it’s time to have some fun with the pens. Use the Infusible Ink pens to color, outline or doodle in the letters. Remember when your kindergarten teacher told you to color inside of the lines, well this is one of those moments where it is very important you stay in the lines. If you get anything outside the outline it will show up on your finished design.
Now we are ready to transfer the design to the tote bag. As you are about to see, the transfer process for Infusible Ink pens is very similar to the one you would you use for Transfer sheets. In fact, the preparation is identical. Start by preheating your EasyPress 2 to 385°F.
Place a piece of the white cardstock on top of the EasyPress Mat and place it inside the tote bag. Make sure the area you want to transfer your project to is isolated from any seams or the handles on the bag.
Use the lint roller to remove any dust or lint particles. DO NOT skip this step, if you have hair or other little pieces of dust, your design won’t be transferred on those areas.
Place the EasyPress on top of the tote bag and preheat it for 15 seconds to get rid of wrinkles and any possible moisture. Wait a couple of seconds for the bag to cool off a bit before proceeding to the next step.
Place project ink side down on the tote bag and secure the design to the bag with Heat Resistant Tape. Avoid placing the tape on top of your design (it may interfere with the transfer process).
Cover your already secured project with clean Butcher paper (be sure it is larger than the heat plate of your EasyPress)
Finally, it’s time to transfer! Be sure all of your design is covered by the heat plate before you place the EasyPress on top of the image. Gently apply pressure for 40 seconds. Slowly lift the press from the design and let the project cool completely.
Gently remove Heat Resistant Tape and laser copy paper to reveal your custom design.
Cut out the solid words from Cricut Transfer Sheets. Apply the second part of the project, the solid words, to the book bag following the same steps above. Or you can review this tutorial for more information about applying with Infusible Ink transfer sheets
That’s all there is to it. Now you have a fun book bag your kids can fill with books to make trips back and forth to school, the library or friends.
How to Care for Tote Bags made with Infusible Ink
Taking good care of your tote bag will ensure that it lasts for a long time. Here are some things you should always do:
- Machine wash inside out with cold water and mild detergent
- Tumble dry low or line dry
- Do not use fabric softener, dryer sheets, or bleach
Do you have a book nerd in your house that would love this book bag? I am going to have to hide this cute back from my kids so I can keep it and use it myself!