I’ve been meaning to give iron-ons a try for years now, but I just never got around to it. A month or so ago, I was at WalMart, and I saw some really cheap, blank tote bags. ($6.42 for three of them!) I figured, “what the heck, let’s give it a try,” and I bought a pack of printable iron-on transfers and a new set of ink cartridges. I knew I’d make mistakes, so I had to be prepared for reprints. When I got home, I drew up a little design in Inkscape, printed it up, and put it on a bag. (It really was pretty much that fast. The bag was finished in the amount of time it took to heat the iron, print the picture, and iron it on. Simple instructions, too. Just make sure you read to see if the iron-ons are the kind you print flipped or unflipped…I had to re-print a couple of times because I skipped an instruction.)
I think this is now one of my favorite crafts. I’ve only done bags so far, but I want to try tees soon. Who knows, maybe I could even get into designing tees and posting them on some of my favorite geeky shirt sites! I don’t think Inkscape my drawings are good enough for shirts yet, but hey, a girl can dream of waking up with extra art skill points.
In any case, I’ve been saving bag pictures until I felt like I’d made enough of a variety to make a post and share them here. I’ve done four designs that have made it to bags so far, and some others that I’m still working out the kinks for.
Let’s start with the obligatory Doctor Who designs. This was the first one I made, using a TARDIS vector graphic I drew up earlier this summer.
TARDIS Tote (My first bag!)
I just had to do this next one after watching “Let’s Kill Hitler” last Saturday. It truly felt necessary. River Song is so awesome!
River Song Tote
I love Star Trek Voyager and Captain Janeway, so it was really only a matter of time before a Janeway bag popped up in my repertoire. Of course, there is a coffee quote involved. I haven’t met a Janeway coffee adage I didn’t like.
Star Trek Voyager: Captain Janeway Bag
My most recent iron-on adventure was a Harry Potter-inspired tote. My favorite book in the series is probably Prisoner of Azkaban. So, I decided to try my hand at some magical map making and do a marauders-related design.
Harry Potter Marauders Tote
I have a couple of other designs that will find their way to bags soon. This one was originally destined for the back of the marauders bag, but I’m not so sure it won’t get its own tote.
Another Marauders Themed Iron On
Another iron-on project I’m working on is a tote bag with as many Mario power-ups as I can fit on one side. They’ll have to be pretty small, but that’s one thing vector graphics are great for. Here’s what I have so far.
A beginning to a bunch of Mario power-ups
I only have four of these so far, but as I have time, I plan to include a lot more. Thankfully, a lot of them are mushrooms, so tweaking the 1-Up template will speed up the process.
I’ve had a ton of fun designing these images. When a design is going really well and Inkscape is cooperating like it should, I can sit at my computer in a zen-like state and design for hours on end. Then, I can print my picture out and make a cool bag, pillow, or piece of clothing out of it. Iron-ons + Inkscape = happy computer nerd crafter.
I’m getting this in before Tuesday so I can still have a Whosday post. Keep an eye out for it because I’m introducing the next month-long craft contest and a sale at my shop!