Hey there! Did you know you can decorate canvas totes with sublimation patches? I’m here to show you how to do it easily, so let’s get started!
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How to Decorate a Canvas Tote with Sublimation Patches
As I’ve shared in past posts, when sublimating textiles, sublimation works best on 100% polyester. Of course, there are hacks you can do to decorate totes like I did here with the Drawstring bag and glitter HTV. But what if you want to add a little something to a tote bag and don’t want the leather? That’s where these iron-on sublimation patches come in handy.
I had a canvas/cotton tote and wanted to add a little something, so I found some cute love stamp images to embellish the tote. Let’s go over what you will need to replicate this project.
Canvas Tote Bag
I created a video showing you the process, check it out below:
@michellespartyplanit Have you tried sublimation patches? Such a fun way to decorate a cotton tote with sublimation! #crafttok #howto #tutorial #crafttiktok #sublimation ♬ Dance You Outta My Head – Cat Janice
Let’s go over the steps for the sublimation patches…
Download the images. Resize your images to be no larger than the patches. I use Canva to do this, but you can use whatever software you are comfortable with. Print the images on your sublimation printer with sublimation paper.
Place the patch faced down on the printed image and trim around both the image and patch at the same time with pinking shears like shown in the video
Press the tote bag to remove any moisture and wrinkles. Place a piece of butcher paper inside the bag to prevent ink bleed.
Set your heat press to 390 for 55 seconds. Remove the backing from the iron-on patch and place it on the tote bag with the backing side down. Line up the image with the patch, face down, and secure in place with heat-resistant tape. Repeat for all the patches on one side.
Place butcher paper on top and press. Remove the sublimation paper to reveal the designs. Let cool.
Flip over the tote (place butcher paper under the tote to protect your heating pad from ink bleed), and repeat the process for this side.
And that’s it! Super cute way to decorate a tote canvas bag with sublimation!
I have not tested the wash and wear of these sublimation patches on this tote bag, but I will say that they adhered nicely and they don’t even look like patches. Be sure to do your own testing on your projects.
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