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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.



  1. Step 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. Step 2

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

  3. Step 3

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

  4. Step 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.