Date : June 4, 2021
Make a Library Bag Using the New May Gibbs Iron on Transfers from Spotlight
It’s easy to get crafty with May Gibbs using the new range of ribbons, fabrics and iron on transfers available at Spotlight.
This craft is a simple way to decorate a calico bag with the new offerings available. The bag can be used as a dedicated library bag or for carrying shopping.
Plain calico bags are available at Spotlight. The only difficulty with making your bag is choosing which iron on transfer to use. There are quite a few to choose from.
I chose this sweet illustration as the gumnut babies look deep in conversation. It’s called Gossiping Gumnut. The picture reminded me of how a book can draw you in like a good conversation!
To give the bag a bit of extra texture and detail, I added a light green pom pom trim to the top seam of the bag. It picks up the green shades in the image transfer.
All the materials can be purchased from Spotlight. Follow the instructions to make your own!
- Plain calico bag
- May Gibbs Iron On Transfer
- Iron and piece of fabric
- Hot glue gun
- Green Pom Pom trim
- Set up your calico bag on a flat surface and plan your design. Place the iron on transfer in the middle and lay your trim.
- Cut the trim into place. Turn the iron on and wait for it to heat. Read the instructions on the back of the iron on transfer.
- Place the calico bag on an ironing board and place the iron on transfer where it needs to be. Use a spare piece of fabric to protect the image while ironing over the transfer. The transfer should adhere to the bag after 10-15 seconds of pressure.
- When the heat transfer is still warm, use your finger nail to lift the plastic backing. Peel it off to reveal the illustration on the bag.
- Allow the bag to cool. Heat the glue gun ready to add the trim.
- Apply a bead of glue to the top seam on the bag and use a paddle pop stick to apply pressure when adding the trim to the bag.
These bags make an affordable gift idea. You could also make a set of bags using all the iron on transfers which can then be used at the supermarket.
Crafty Bec is here to help stimulate little imaginations and spark a creative flame in little people. Inspired by May Gibbs’ own passion for creative writing and art, Bec helps educators and mums to embrace nature inspired creativity.