My sister hadn’t had the greatest of weeks and I wanted to do something for her. So of course, I made her a bag that says “Moo Bitch Get Out the Hay”. I mean, what else would you do? Send flowers? Whatevs.
It went down something like this… Me: would you like something that says “Moo Bitch Get Out the Hay” with a cow on it? You know, like the song but not – beware there is language, people. Sister: what did you say about a bitch? Me: would you like something that says that. Sister: why wouldn’t I? Me: red purse or purple shirt? Sister: Purse and red is perfect it is the color they use with cows.
Well, that’s settled. Time to draw something up…
And there you have it. I had no idea how to do a cow’s face so I had to Google images and imitate the things I found online. In the end mine isn’t as good as some of them but I am still pretty darn happy with it. I tossed in the phrase that started this whole thing really rolling!
For this project you will need:
Place your heat transfer vinyl (HTV) shiny side down onto your cutting mat. With all HTV projects, double check that your file will cut backwards or mirrored from what the original would be.
Weed the excess material because anything left will permanently adhere to your cloth surface. Double check!
Next get the bag back from Maxamilion VonFuzzybottom aka the crafty cat assistant. Oh, and here’s the truth of what things look like just outside of the shots you see in the tutorial. We’ve got a tart pan (watch out for a tasty recipe!) saran wrap (hello tie dye tutorial), a $1 ring, a hammer, some WetNap wipes (what I use exclusively these days to clean my Silhouette mats) two watches I bought in my sleep (yeah, that’s happening again – so far lots of watches AND I just bought a new 8×11 foot rug – meh) and some resin that goes along with the ring for a different tutorial!
The clear shiny part of the transfer is sticky which is awesome because this helps you set the transfer down perfectly and without worrying about it slipping just enough to make things wonky and dumb looking. Be sure to straighten out the bag to prevent any weird creases by pulling the pockets out and puffing out the bottom and then smoothing flat. Iron out any wrinkles BEFORE applying your HTV.
Set your iron to the cotton setting for a ton of heat. Use a cloth in between the iron and your transfer and apply heat for about 30 seconds at a go in an area. I just count or sing a song to the same place over and over again. Out loud. Off key. Crafter for life.
Don’t move it around like you’re ironing or you could mess up the stuff going on beneath the cloth without even knowing it.
Which brings me to a handy, dandy quick tip. I have found that I like to use a cheap handkerchief as my buffer cloth. It’s thin enough that I can actually see what area below it I have the heat on!
Carefully pull away the sticky, clear piece to free your transfer. Now, I find that at the corners and edges I typically don’t get enough heat so they don’t actually stick to the fabric and start to peel up with the clear sheet. This is okay and it’s going to happen. Just carefully place the plastic back down and iron in the spot until the HTV takes hold. Chances are you’ll need to do this around the transfer several times so watch out for it!
And there it is! My sister’s new bag. We both LOVE these Baggu totes. They’re seriously the best bag, ever. I like to fly with mine because it has a pocket where I can keep my id and keys and then I keep the big open area full of crafty stuff like Kumihimo discs and needlepoint pieces :)
What do you think? Jen loves it so that’s good enough for me. A little weird? Yep, but it suits both of us so that’s just awesome! Will you be making your own “Moo Bitch Get Out the Hay” items or is this a bit much for you? I’d love to know!