Wedding Favor: Original Tote Bags

When I read this post on Fig and Plum and Jessica’s amazing success on creating original tote bags for her wedding, I knew that I had to make them too for our big day! I just loved how lovely and personal these gifts truly were. So, I purchased Gocco, a Japanese print-screen machine, on eBay and blank canvas tote bags, ready to create our own, wedding favors.

That was six months ago.

I don’t know why I procrastinated making the bags for so long … but there was definitely a price that I had to pay for being lazy!

Three days before the wedding, I finally wiped the dust off the machine and got to work. Everything was going great until I transferred the inked design onto the canvas bag. I’m not sure if it was the amount of ink I used or the pressure I was putting on, but I simply could not get the ink to print the design without leaving nasty smears and smudges!  Eeeek!mad

Kevin and I tried for about an hour unsuccessfully, until we realized that time was running out. We needed to make a decision quickly, whether to give up on this project or continue. We were about to throw in the towel on this tote bag project altogether, when we remembered the iron-on transfer we saw at Target. We knew that the bags weren’t going to look as nice as the Gocco version, but we decided to go with this option. We drove to the nearest Target right before closing and bought the entire inventory of the iron-on transfer papers.

Here’s how to iron the design onto the bag:

Step 1: We printed the Wordle design onto the paper.

Step 2: Cut the design into desirable size and shape.

Step 3: Place the iron-on design onto the tote bag.

Step 4: Put the clear paper (which comes in the package) on top of the design and iron at medium heat for about two minutes. Let the bag sit to cool, and you’re done!

We actually really like how these bags came out! We also love the white background. These bags are packed and ready to go.

Special thanks to Kevin for staying up until 3:00 a.m. to get these bags done!

Post Wedding Update:

We put the tote bags in the large basket and placed it on a table by the guest book!

Photo courtesy of Carmela

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