Pantry Organization with Heat Transfer Vinyl

HTV on pantry totes

If there’s one thing I love, it would be crafting and food! Fortunately, I have a small pantry that keeps my stomach full of yummy snacks. However, my pantry can become unorganized very quickly and look like chaos. So I set out to get my life more organized, and of course, heat transfer vinyl helps in that goal! Here’s how you can organize your kitchen pantry with some cute fabric totes and heat transfer vinyl.


Heat transfer vinyl (I used white and navy blue)
-Teflon sheet
cutting machine (I used a Silhouette Cameo)
-weeding hook or craft tweezers
-home iron
canvas/fabric tote bins (I found mine at Target)


Step One: Create a design in software

Begin by measuring the bins to see how large you want your labels.

Open your software program (I used Silhouette Studio) and start typing the text you want on your bins. I like to draw a rectangle the size of my labels so I can make my text large enough.

Now change the font to your liking, and I also like to add a fill color to get a better idea of what the text will look like.

I wanted my labels to stand out against the white and gray stripes of the bin, so I decided to do two layers of heat transfer. To create an outline of your text, go to the Offset window and select how large you want the border to be.

Once you create the offset, you now have two layers to cut with HTV. Repeat for the other word(s).



Step Two: Cut text out of heat transfer vinyl

After sizing your words, right click and select Flip Horizontally. We need to mirror our designs since the machine cuts out of the back side of the heat transfer material.

Go to the cut settings window and select the material you will be cutting. The Heat Transfer, Smooth settings work great with the ImPRESSED Vinyl™.

Place the HTV onto the cutting mat with the shiny side down.

Load the cutting mat into the machine and let it get to work!

Step Three: Weed out HTV words

After the text and offset layers have been cut, it’s time to weed! Begin by peeling off a corner of the vinyl, leaving the words.

Use a weeding hook or a pair of craft tweezers to weed out the little insides of the letters. With a good, clean cut, this part should go smoothly!

Repeat until you weed all parts.

Step Four: Press HTV designs onto fabric bins

After weeding our text, it’s time to heat the iron to cotton settings with no steam. Place your first layer (the white offset) onto the bin where you want it. You can move it around as much as you’d like until heat is added.

Place the Teflon sheet over the design and press for 15-20 seconds on each area.

Allow design to cool at least 1 minute, then carefully peel off the clear carrier sheet. If any part of the vinyl starts to lift, place the carrier sheet and Teflon back down and press for a little longer.

Repeat steps for the next layer, which is our navy blue text.

Allow the next layer to cool after pressing and peel off the clear carrier sheet.

Voila! We’ve got a cute, customized pantry label for our bins to help keep you organized for the New Year!

I may go out and buy many more fabric bins to organize my entire pantry. This project is fun and easy to do, and will help keep your life more organized!

Happy Crafting!

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