Thursday, September 1, 2011

Check out My Iron-On Vinyl Book Bag!

 I'm back today with another iron-on vinyl project.  I love, love, love to read and thought a book bag would be a fun project to make.

 I got the black canvas bag at Hobby Lobby (these are often 50% off ), however at $2.99, it's a bargain no matter what. See below:


And then I thought this was a funny saying, based off a popular rap song by Sir Mix A Lot ("Baby Got  Back").  Not that I'm a big rap listener at all, but this song has been played all over so it's hard to miss.

I used my Gypsy to make a file and weld the letters together and flip them.  I actually didn't need to do that since I learned that the iron-on vinyl stays attached to its plastic backing all throughout the process, until you are done ironing, so there's no need to worry about letter shifting.  I used the Creative Memories Traveler Cartridge - I just love this font! File will be available below.

I got my iron-on vinyl from Expressions Vinyl - they have a bunch of colors and various sizes for the Cricut (6" x 12", 12" x 12", 12" x 24", 12" x 5 yds, 12" x 10 yds) .  They have iron-on vinyl (looks matter - which I've used and like) and flocked vinyl (love the dimension on this kind).  It is $6.49 for 12" x 24" and there are frequent coupons.  Be sure and sign up for their email newsletter.

I cut this all out using the following setting of blade at 4, pressure and speed at 3.  I was asked in the comments the other day why I had to flip the wording.  When you cut this out, the plastic backing goes against the mat, so that the vinyl is facing upward.  Then, when you go to iron, the plastic backing is facing up and is what you iron on.  So, you have to flip whatever you are working on.

Finally, I thought I would add a funny photo of my cat, who laid her big self on my bag before I started the project.  I had to force her off it to start the ironing.


The Gypsy file can be downloaded HERE!

Ready to try some iron-on vinyl?  It's a blast!

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28 comments:

  1. I LOVE it!!! The saying is hilarious and the picture of your cat is so darling!
    Hugs
    Brigitte

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  2. I simply cannot stop giggling!!! I LOVE this project and I have a perfect big book friend in mind that I simply HAVE to make this for!! She would rock this book bag in the local library! Thank you also for attaching the file!

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  3. Love the project, thank you for the file!!

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  4. Great (BIG) job!!!
    no kindle for you
    LOVE IT

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  5. That is hilarious!! Of course, now I can't get that song out of my head, thank you very much! LOL! This really turned out great Joy, I love it!

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  6. TOO funny! I love the bag, and the pic of your cat lying on it reminds me of mine--she likes to lie down on the newspaper when I am trying to read it.

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  7. So cute! I love the phrase you used...hilarious!

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  8. That's CUTE! My kids would get a big kick out of the "pun"!

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  9. Nice looking bag.

    What difference is there between the Cricut Craft Room and the Gypsy? I tried using the CR love that I can see a larger screen but was stumped as to how to navigate the site.
    Linda in Stanwood

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  10. Thats a great bag!!! I'm a huge reader too, but along with my hoarding of scrap supplies, I hoard books. So after 10 yrs of hoarding all my reads, I have an ereader now. 3500 books all in one gadget. But the bag is awesome!!

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  11. Joy, Thanks for clarifying why you have to flip the image. Makes sense now. Is the iron on vinyl easier than using regular vinyl and ironing on the adhesive? Love, love, love the cat pic. They always get on exactly what we using, whether it newspaper, books, or a computer keyboard!

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  12. OMG, that is the best laugh I have had today!! Hilarious!!

    Lauriejane

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  13. thanks for the giggle, looks nice
    mexicopetshop at hotmail dot com
    cathyplus5.blogspot.com

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  14. Thank Joy - I've been wanting to try iron on vinyl for a while -- thanks for the inspiration. :)

    Tracy

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  15. You are hilarious!! Need more funnies, so keep them coming.
    GloriaH

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  16. I love it! That is the saying on the English Department's shirt at my school. Hilarious!

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  17. Oh this bag is too cute! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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  18. Love the bag! I am a book person too and this would be a fun book bag! Love the cat. Mine does that exact thing. Just plops himself on top of whatever project I'm working on.

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  19. Got to get some of the iron on vinyl.

    Carol

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  20. What a great job on the bag!! Your cat is so stinkin' cute...and I'll bet she's the perfect pal in your craftin' roon :)

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  21. Too funny, Joy! Now that song is stuck in my head! What a great idea for a book bag!

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  22. The is sooo cute and funny!!! Love it.

    Amanda ;)

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  23. Love the saying! Any true reader would love to receive this great tote as a gift. So fun!

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  24. This is so cute and I love the play on the song. Thanks for sharing

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  25. Very cute. I can't open the file though.

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