I know I’ve been sharing a few totes lately, but I just can’t help it! They are so fun to make, and they are useful! I shared my own new church tote to carry my notebook, and I shared our new library tote. I needed a new one that was larger than the last one. Well, today I’m sharing this fun little I’m Trying To Be Like Jesus Toddler Church Tote with you. With our five boys, we’ve been carrying a tote to church for years. About 15 years to be exact. We’ve had the same tote for about that long. It’s getting well used and slightly worn out. I decided that I wanted to put one together that our two year old could carry himself (he’s super independent) and we could maybe quit carrying the other (super heavy) tote. Our older four boys are big enough that they really don’t need activities during church.
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I’m Trying to be Like Jesus Toddler Church Tote Supplies:
- Blank Tote (I picked mine up at JoAnn)
- EasyWeed Heat Transfer Vinyl (I used orange, sky blue, & green apple)
- Cricut Maker Machine
- Weeding Tools
- Cricut EasyPress
- Cricut EasyPress Mat
- PNG Cut File (for personal use only)
Once I had all of my supplies together I was ready to get going on this fun and quick project. I uploaded my design into Cricut Design Space and then I sliced it apart for the different colors.
When I had my design ready to go, I clicked “Make It” in Cricut Design Space. I made sure that I mirrored my images, so that they cut the correct way. I trimmed my heat transfer vinyl to the size I needed it, then put it on the cutting mat, shiny side down.
Sending the cut files to the Cricut Maker via Bluetooth is always fun! I love that I don’t have cords that have to be attached! Anyway, I cut each different design.
I removed them from the cutting mat and used the weeding tools to weed the designs.
Applying Heat Transfer Vinyl to the Tote
Now that I had the heat transfer vinyl all ready to go, I pulled out the EasyPress (I’m totally loving this new larger size!) and EasyPress Mat and got ready to apply it.
I turned on the EasyPress and set the heat and timer settings I needed. I preheated the tote for 10-15 seconds.
Once I placed the design on the bag, and had it in just the right place, I was ready to apply the heat.
Grabbing the EasyPress, I pressed the heat transfer vinyl onto the tote. After I pressed the front, I flipped the tote over and pressed on the back as well.
I peeled up the carrier sheet.
And the tote was all finished!
I collected a few things around the house that I knew my little guy would use during church. We always bring snacks, the Friend Magazine, lacing cards, magnetic drawing board, and a flip chart of images that he can look at. (I purchased cards similar to these, laminated them with the Xyron, punched a hole and added a ring.) I also added some coloring pages and crayons.
Placing it all in the bag, I wondered if it would be too much for my two year old to carry, but it wasn’t. It’s just the perfect amount of things and I’m hoping that all of it will help keep him quiet during church.
I’m excited to have him start using it so we don’t have to lug the heavier bag around too!
Isn’t this color combo of heat transfer vinyl so fun?! I love the way they look together, and it’s perfect for this I’m Trying to be Like Jesus Toddler Church Tote!
I’d love to hear what kinds of things you put in your church tote to help your kids. I’m always looking for ways to change it up!
What kind of saying would you put on your church tote? I adore the way this I’m Trying to be Like Jesus Toddler Church Tote turned out and I think it’s a fun saying to have on a bag for a little one! If you’d like to check out some other fun iron-on projects, check out my gallery here.
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