Hi there! I am a stay at home mom located in west St. Louis county and I would love to create something special for you. I started making bows and tutus for my two girls and then decided to set up a little shop for people like me who love cute girly accessories but are not so thrilled with the price tag that usually comes with them. All my items are made with love and mommy-tested; I'm only satisfied with a finished product I would be proud to put on my own child.

Take a look around, if you have an idea but don't see exactly what you want I am happy to do custom orders. Local pickup or meeting at a convenient location for drop-off, as well as shipping are all available. I accept cash, check, or paypal. If you have any questions please contact me at tootsiebearbows@gmail.com.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Tutorial: Easy No-Sew Applique Tote

Here is a fun and super easy project you can use for all kinds of different occasions, and the best part is, it's cheap and requires NO sewing! I've given these cute little tote bags in place of a gift bag that will get thrown away, and filled them up with goodies - the possibilities are endless and it adds a nice personal touch to your gift.

Here is what you will need:
Canvas tote - can be purchased at Hobby Lobby or other craft stores (the one I used was about $2.99)
Heat n' Bond Ultra
Fabric for lettering
Scissors
Iron
Coordinating ribbon/trim if you want to embellish
Fabric Glue or Hot Glue Gun

First, you will need to decide what you want to put on the bag. A name, initial or shape are some suggestions. You can find coloring pages for just about anything on Google, it's a beautiful thing! Print out whatever you are using, making sure it is the right size to fit on the bag. I use my word processing program and a cute font most of the time. In this case I traced the letters onto the paper with a marker directly from my computer screen.
Next, you will need to trace your letters/shape onto your sheet of Heat n' Bond. You can do this one of two ways: right side on the shiny surface or reversed on the back. Since my fabric is dark I flipped the sheet over and re-traced it on the opposite side, just so I would be able to see it to cut it out.
Place the Heat n' Bond on the wrong side of your fabric and iron on medium heat. It doesn't take a lot to bond it to the fabric so you only need to hold the iron on it for a few seconds.
Cut out your letters/shapes and peel the paper backing off, then align them on the bag where you want to fuse them. Hold the iron down for 8-10 seconds, picking up and moving (not sliding) to fuse the edges of the design to the bag.
That's pretty much it! You can use fabric or hot glue to add ribbons, bows, sequins, or whatever other embellishment you choose. The Ultra Heat n' Bond does not need to be sewn and claims to be washable so you can use this method to personalize shirts or really anything...even if you are not a person who can sew!
As an extra note, if you do sew, just use the Lite Heat n' Bond and straight or zigzag stitch around the edges of the applique to hold it in place. Here is my finished product of what I put inside the bag, I think it turned out really cute and my niece loved it!
Hope you enjoyed my tutorial, I plan to bring you more so please make any requests you may have. I don't mind sharing my secrets!

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