Crafting is always a fun adventure, but when you bring kids into the mix, it makes the adventure all the more exciting! I love making projects that my kids can help with, and this heat transfer vinyl trick-or-treat tote bag is perfect for the little ones! You can take any design and make it into a coloring page so your kids can decorate their own bags however they want! Here’s how to do it:
-Cutting machine (I use a Silhouette Cameo)
-Home iron or heat press
-Weeding hook or craft tweezers
-Blank tote bag (found at any craft store)
STEP ONE: Prepare The Design In Software
Open your software program (I used Silhouette Studio) and either create your own design or import one. This trick-or-treat design is found in the Silhouette Design Store.
In order to make this design into a coloring page of sorts, we need to create an offset line so it makes an outline of the whole design. Click on the offset menu and choose how thick you want your line to be. I like mine pretty small so there’s still plenty of room for the kids to color.
Now that we have our offset lines, right click and select group. This will group all those different parts together to be just one single design. Now we have a cute design that is coloring-ready!
STEP TWO: Cut Your HTV Design
Because heat transfer material is cut on the back side, we need to mirror our image. Right click on the design and select flip horizontally.
Now our image is mirrored and ready to cut!
Go to the cut settings window and select the material we will be cutting. I chose Heat Transfer, Smooth preset and it works great. Remember to adjust your blade accordingly if you aren’t using the auto blade function on the Silhouette Cameo 3.
Place your heat transfer vinyl onto the cutting mat, shiny side DOWN.
Load the cutting mat into the machine and let it get to work!
STEP THREE: Weed Your Design
After the design has been cut, it’s time to weed. Start at a corner and peel off the vinyl that is not part of the design.