Tote Bag with Iron-On Blooms

Cherry blossoms are famously short-lived, but on a sturdy satchel they can last long past the season. These motifs, sized from little to large, are easy to affix with a hot iron. Look for natural-fiber bags, such as cotton, which withstand heat better than synthetics.

Tote Bag with Iron-On Blooms

Source: Martha Stewart


  • Epson Iron-On Cool Peel Transfer Paper

  • Natural-fiber (such as cotton) tote bags

  • Scissors or craft knife

  • Ironed pillowcase

  • Iron


  1. Download clip art (see templates above), and print it onto transfer paper. (Images will appear in reverse.) Using scissors or a craft knife, cut loosely around the designs, leaving a 1/8-inch border.

  2. Lay an ironed pillowcase on a table or other hard, heat-resistant surface (not an ironing board, which has too much padding).  

  3. Place an ironed bag on pillowcase. Arrange cutout designs face-down on bag, avoiding seams or pockets.  

  4. With an iron set on high and no steam, slowly iron on designs, applying firm, even pressure (follow the transfer-paper manufacturer's instructions). Let cool. Remove paper backings.


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