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Love Yourself Tote: DIY A Canvas Tote with Color Chimp HTV + A FREE Cut File!

Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes Love Yourself Tote MainAs crafters, we’re always making things for other people. Whether sell you your creations in an Etsy shop or give them away as gifts, we’re willing to bet it isn’t too often that you make something just for you.

If you’ve been looking for the perfect project to show yourself a little love, we’ve got just the thing. Head over to the Community site to download this month’s hand-lettered SVG cut file from Bossy Brushstrokes and let’s get started!

You’ll need:

  • Canvas Tote (we used an 18"x;18" pillow cover in our project)
  • Cutting machine (we used a Cricut Maker for this project)
  • Color Chimp Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl in Pink
  • Heat Press or Iron
  • Love Yourself SVG file (download here)

Step 1: DesignCraftey + Bossy Brushstrokes Love Yourself Tote In Design Space 1Upload the Love Yourself SVG file to Design Space or Silhouette Studio and resize to fit your tote.  We sized our file to 10" wide.

Once you’ve got the design resized, hit the green “Make It” button and follow the Design Space prompts to prepare your mat and select your material.Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes Love Yourself Tote In Design Space MirrorWhen you’re working with HTV, you always need to “Mirror” your design before cutting it.

The reason you need to mirror (or reverse) your design when working with HTV is that you are actually cutting into the back side of the vinyl. HTV has a clear plastic carrier sheet on the top side of the vinyl – think of this as transfer tape – and the back side is the heat-sensitive adhesive side. When you’re ready to press it, the backside will be placed against the material and the side with the clear plastic will be facing up. Since you’re cutting it on the back side, when you flip it over to press it, the design will end up right-side up!

Step 2: CuttingCraftey + Bossy Brushstrokes Love Yourself Tote Shiny Side DownApply your vinyl to your mat, being sure to place the carrier sheet side towards your mat (the shinier, plastic side) and then let your machine get to work. *Crafting PSA: It’s always a good idea to check your settings BEFORE you cut! Remember, you need to mirror your vinyl when working with HTV*Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes Love Yourself Tote Cutting

Step 3: WeedingCraftey + Bossy Brushstrokes Love Yourself Tote Weeding 1Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes Love Yourself Tote Weeding 2Once your machine has finished cutting, it's time to weed it. Start by pulling away the larger pieces of excess vinyl and then use your weeding tool to remove all the smaller pieces, like the insides of the letters. When you're finished weeding, you should be left with this:Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes Love Yourself Tote - Weeded

Step 4: Place Your DesignCraftey + Bossy Brushstrokes Love Yourself Tote Place DesignNow that you have your design weeded, you're ready to place it on your tote and press it. 

A really easy way to make sure your design is perfectly centered is to simply fold your tote in half and press a crease into the center of it.   

Next, fold your design in half and squeeze creases into the carrier sheet.  You can then align the creases on your carrier sheet with the crease you pressed into your tote and boom - perfect alignment, no guesswork involved!

Step 5: Press Your Design Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes Love Yourself Tote - PressSince we're working with Color Chimp Glitter HTV, we pressed with medium pressure for 15 seconds at 320 degrees. You always want to be sure to follow the pressing instructions for the brand and type of heat transfer vinyl you are using because it can vary from brand to brand and with different fabrics.

Step 6: Peel away your carrier sheet and enjoy! Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes Love Yourself Tote - PeelingNow the fun part! Let your design cool for about 10 seconds and then peel away your carrier sheet.If you’re not sure that your HTV has completely adhered to your material after you peel away the carrier sheet, we recommend covering your entire design with a Teflon sheet or thin cotton cloth and pressing again.

That’s it - now sit back and enjoy your handy work!Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes Love Yourself Tote FinishedAs always, if you try this DIY be sure to share a picture in the comments below, we’d love to see your projects! Check back next month for another exclusive hand-lettered design from Arlena and in the meantime, check out her all work over at BossyBrushstrokes.com and be sure to follow her on Instagram.

Be sure to head over to the Craftey shop to find all of the materials used in this project, including our Color Chimp Glitter heat transfer vinyl.


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