Recently, I set out to purchase a cruiser style bike. Several ladies in my neighborhood ride each evening and I wanted to join what my husband refers to as the “biker gang”. The problem I had, though was that my feet wouldn’t touch the ground on a traditional cruiser and I ended up getting more of a hybrid rather than a true cruiser. Her name is Betty. 🙂
Since purchasing Berry, I’ve sort of become obsessed with all things bike! I have a mug with a similar bike. Some stationery with a similar bike. It wasn’t a far stretch that I would create a tote bag . . . with a similar bike.
Even better? The Echo Park bicycle designs were on sale last week in the Silhouette Online Store. Hooray!
Begin by pulling up your image into the Studio Designer.
Right click, select ungroup, and move the flowers out of your way. I didn’t have pink heat transfer material so I didn’t use the flowers at all. Instead, I hand sewed some flower embellishments into my basket.
Resize your image to fit your tote bag. As with anytime you’re working with heat transfer material, mirror the image so that the image is actually being cut in reverse. To do so, right click again and select flip horizontally.
Place your heat transfer material directly into the Silhouette machine (no mat needed) with the glossy side down.
Remove from your Silhouette and cut the image to size, then weed away any negative material that isn’t part of your bicycle. Warning: The wheels on this thing will take a bit of time, but it’s totally worth it!
Place your image flocked material side down, clear side up, onto your tote bag.
Using a cloth in between your iron and your image, firmly press down on medium high heat for 45 seconds. Be sure to disable your steam function.
Repeat if necessary until you see that the heat transfer material is adhering completely.
Gently pull away the clear material from the heat transfer material.
Sew on some flowers and you’re all set!
Take your tote bag on your next adventure, even if it means just heading to the grocery store. After making one for myself, I’ve decided to make each of our “biker gang” ladies a tote bag of their own.