How To Iron EasyWeed™ Foil to a Backpack
College offers tons of options when it comes to ways to meet people while pursuing a passion. From sports to political clubs and everything in between, there’s something for everyone. One of the most common and oldest ways of meeting new people on campus is joining a sorority or fraternity. Finding, choosing, and being accepted into the right Greek organization for you is a process that ultimately leads to many new “sisters” or “brothers” and some serious house pride. It’s only natural to want to display your Greek letters everywhere you can! With Siser heat transfer vinyl it’s easy to decorate thousands of items. Having trouble thinking of a few? Check out our handy dandy list of 100 items that can be heat applied in our previous posts here and here. Backpacks are included on that list! Read on to learn how to create your very own sorority backpack.
This design was super easy to create. All I needed was a clip art anchor which I traced into Silhouette Studio. The Greek letters can be found in the pre-loaded “Symbol” font, and the established date can be any font you like! A sorority backpack doesn’t have to be incredibly intricate. Sometimes simple designs make the greatest impact.
Remember to mirror your image by either right clicking and selecting “Flip Horizontally” or navigating to the “Replicate” window and choosing “Mirror Right.” Delete the extra copy you now have and set up your Cut Settings. I cut EasyWeed™ Foil on “Heat Transfer Vinyl: Smooth” with the blade exposed to 2, speed set to 8, and thickness set to 4. Make sure to do a test cut before cutting your whole design.
It’s easy to tell which side goes down with EasyWeed™ Foil. Check out that awesome mirror
finish on the face of the material! The back of the material is duller and will be the side exposed for cutting. Load the mat into the Silhouette Cameo and select “Send to Silhouette.”
Using an iron for heat application is actually easier than a heat press for this sorority backpack. The faux leather straps would undoubtedly be ruined by the heat of the press, but an iron allows me to heat apply EasyWeed™ Foil to the pocket without touching the straps. As an added precaution though I slipped a heat transfer pillow into the pocket to lift it above the straps and create a flat even surface.
Set your iron between the Cotton and Linen setting and let it heat up fully. Place a heat transfer cover sheet over the design and press firmly for 15 seconds. Wait a few seconds until the carrier sheet has cooled slightly and peel it off while it’s still warm. If any of the material lifts with the carrier sheet, replace the carrier sheet and heat apply again in increments of 5-10 seconds.
Now here’s a backpack any Delta Gamma could be proud of! A cute, custom backpack is just the way to start out the new school year. Your sorority could even get together and craft a whole bunch of backpacks for your house!