Vintage Bike Tote Bag
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Vintage Bike Tote Bag

Vintage Bike Tote Bag Tutorial /Aimee Broussard for Silhouette Blog

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. 🙂Vintage Bike Tote Bag Tutorial /Aimee Broussard for Silhouette Blog


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.Vintage Bike Tote Bag Tutorial /Aimee Broussard for Silhouette Blog


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.Vintage Bike Tote Bag Tutorial /Aimee Broussard for Silhouette Blog


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.Vintage Bike Tote Bag Tutorial /Aimee Broussard for Silhouette Blog


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!Vintage Bike Tote Bag Tutorial /Aimee Broussard for Silhouette Blog


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.Vintage Bike Tote Bag Tutorial /Aimee Broussard for Silhouette Blog


Happy trails!

Aimee Broussard

Southern born and raised, Aimee Broussard enjoys living life in the deep South with husband Brian and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels Stella, Milo and the most recent addition, Murphy. A graduate of Louisiana College, she once haphazardly traded in a career in corporate insurance to master the world of crafting, baking and apron making…proving if she could do it, anyone could. is the online diary of her journey.

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  1. Great project! Betty looks amazing!! Can you share her info? Brand, model, etc.? I’d like to get a new bike for Christmas. (Ha! Just like a little kid!!) I like the looks of the cruiser style.

    1. Hi Kimberly! So my first bike was a cruiser type (came from Academy) but my feet wouldn’t touch and it was a bit awkward. Brought her back and got this one from a local bike shop- it’s a Raleigh- Venture Series. Sort of a cross between a cruiser and a 10-speed. I hope you get your Christmas wish! 🙂

  2. Super cute! My husband bought me a cruiser bike a few years ago but I didn’t have a “biker gang” to ride with, so it’s been a little neglected. The tote you made to go with it is adorable! I’ll bet the rest of your gang will want one, now. 🙂

    1. If it were not for my neighborhood ladies riding daily, mine would probably go neglected too. The “gang” will be getting totes for our Christmas potluck dinner. 🙂

  3. Love your bike and the tote bag project with bike…thanks!

    1. Thank you so much! Super easy project. 🙂

  4. My bike’s name is Dulcinea (technically Dulcinea II or Dulci for short — Dulcinea I was stolen. 🙁 ). I am obsessed with all things bike. I have over a dozen bike cut files for my SIL too! Great project!

    1. I love that you name your bikes, too! 🙂

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