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Learning to Layer: Create a Fun Tote Bag by Layering Heat Transfer Vinyl!

Craftey Happy Day Tote - Main

Amy from The Happy Scraps is showing you how to layer Color Chimp Luxe Heat Transfer Vinyl to create a fun, custom tote bag! For more project ideas and inspiration, be sure to check out the Craftey Community!

With the gift giving season approaching, I decided I wanted to create this fun tote that could be used as a reusable gift bag or to be given in addition to the gift. I know my kids would love to have a little tote like this to keep some of their favorite treasures in. Today, I'm going to show you how to create + layer vinyl on this Happy Day Tote.

Happy Day Tote Supplies:

  • Color Chimp Luxe 12x12 Heat Transfer Vinyl (Black, Red, Orange, Lemon Yellow, Green, & Neon Blue)
  • Mini Tote (I found mine at Hobby Lobby)
  • Digital Die Cutting Machine (I used the Cricut Maker)
  • EasyPress, Heat Press, or Iron
  • Weeding Tool

Craftey Layered HTV Tote Supplies 

I found the design I wanted to use and inserted it onto the canvas on Cricut Design Space. For this design, I did have to do some slicing for the different colors of layers. 

When you are ready to cut your design, don't forget to mirror your image. When cutting HTV material, this is a must!  

Get your Color Chimp Luxe ready to be cut by placing it on your cutting mat, shiny side down. 

Craftey Layered HTV Tote On Mat

When your machine is ready, insert the mat. With my Cricut Maker, I cut this Color Chimp Luxe with the iron-on setting, and it cut like a charm.

Craftey Layered HTV Tote Ready to Cut Cricut Maker

Once cut, weed your design. 

Craftey Layered HTV Tote Ready to Weed

When you have all of your designs cut and weeded, you are ready to start putting your design together on your tote. Start off by placing the black design where you want it on the tote.

Craftey Happy Day Tote Black Layer

Use your EasyPress/Heat Press/Iron to apply heat to it.  

Craftey Layered HTV Tote Press Cricut Easypress

Let cool briefly, but not completely. Peel the carrier sheet off, but do not throw it away! You'll need it!  

Next, I started placing the red letters. I used the carrier sheet from the black to cover the entire design and applied heat again. (When working with HTV, you always need to cover with something before applying heat.) I peeled all the carrier sheet pieces off again. I added more layers, placed the carrier sheet from the black layer over the top again, and then added more heat. I did this repeatedly until I had all of the layers applied. Make sure when placing your pieces, that the HTV isn't on top of any carrier sheets, or the HTV will be stuck to that, not your tote.

Craftey Happy Day Tote

Once all the layers were on, I peeled all the carrier sheets off and it was finished!  

Craftey Happy Day Tote REady

Isn't this such a happy little tote?! 

Happy Day Tote Done

It is perfect for putting a fun little gift in!

If you're looking for heat transfer vinyl that layers well, then you've got to try this Color Chimp Luxe! I was so impressed with the way it layered! It is thicker than other brands of HTV that I've used before, and I really liked the thickness!  

I can't wait for the next fun occasion at our house, so we can use our new Happy Day Tote!  If you're looking for more projects to create with Color Chimp HTV, I'd love to have you stop by my blog, The Happy Scraps, and check out my gallery.


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