Tote Bag Gift For Teachers

Our older son had a wonderful year at school this year and we wanted to give his teacher a gift to show our appreciation for her dedication to our son and all the children in her class. 

As I was searching the internet for gift ideas, I found some adorable tote bag ideas.  I bought the canvas tote bags at Walmart and used iron-on transfer paper that I already had on hand to make a fun, practical gift that can be used all year long.

pillow case
canvas tote bag
iron-on transfer paper

1.  Find an image online, save it to your computer and insert it into a photo editor.  I used a free clipart image from and inserted it into a Word document.  Photoshop, Print Shop or any photo editing software can be used.  There are also free online photo editors available such as Pixlr.

Make any adjustments needed and then print the image on plain paper in order to be sure that it is the correct size for the tote bag.

2.  Before printing on the transfer paper, be sure that the print setting is set to the highest quality print mode and that mirror image is selected.  Cut around the image leaving about a 1/8 - 1/4" border.

3.  Cover a hard, flat surface with a pillowcase with the seam hanging over the edge.  {I used the kitchen countertop- I don't recommend using the kitchen table as the heat from the iron can ruin the finish.}  Fold the pillowcase in half as shown.  Iron the pillowcase, if needed. 

4.  Put the tote bag on top of the pillowcase and iron, if needed.  Let cool.  Position the image print side down on the tote bag and iron according to directions included with transfer paper.  Make sure the steam is turned off, that you are pressing down firmly and that the iron covers all edges of the transfer.

5.  Let cool and carefully remove the transfer paper.  If you notice that the image is not adhering to the fabric, cover with transfer paper and iron again.

Note: if using dark colored tote bags, be sure to use transfer paper for dark colors.

Make this gift extra-special by adding a few goodies--favorite candy bar, sharpies, hand sanitizer, gift card, pens, etc.--and a thank you note to show your appreciation for all their hard work!


Creative Raisins said...

Such a fun idea, I am sure his teacher will love it.

Michelles Tasty Creations said...

Such a great teacher gift. Love the iron on. Thanks so much for stopping by Creative Thursday last week. I couldn’t do these parties without you. Can’t wait to see what you link up this week. Have a great week.

Trish - Mom On Timeout said...

Great tutorial! Pinning this one! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!