It’s time to start putting away the beach towels and bathing suits and begin getting the family school-ready with new gear. Before you load up your label maker, try a different approach to this necessary step in back-to-school prep — homemade tags. They’re easier to make than you think, and no permanent markers are required.
Iron-on tags are a fun way to upgrade your labels for book bags, lunch totes and more. Your little one will know exactly which bag has her favorite sandwich in it, and you’ll instantly earn bonus points with the new teacher.
You’ll just need a few supplies to get started:
- Fabric tags – make sure they’re iron-safe
- Transfer paper
- CHI iron
We used Cricut Design Space to create the text for our labels, and ordered our supplies online, but you could also use your own software and find the supplies you need at your nearest craft store.
Before you print your design – make sure your image is setup to print in mirror mode or that the image is flipped. Then, following your transfer paper directions, print your design and cut it to size.
Now, it’s time to iron. Turn the heat up and the steam off on your CHI iron. Use the specifics from your transfer paper for heat settings and timing. Once the temperature is right, place the iron-on onto your tag, and apply pressure as you set the iron down on top.
Pay attention to your timing, once you’ve reached the designated time, immediately remove the iron and let things cool. When the tag is cool to the touch, slowly peel back the transfer paper and admire your tag-making skills.
Don’t put your CHI iron away just yet – this powerful iron is perfect for starting the first day of school in clean, crisp style. Press off your son’s new button-up fast with the titanium-infused ceramic soleplate, or give your daughter’s new floral frock a quick vertical steam blast to smooth out wrinkles.
From DIY tags to a polished, pressed look, the CHI iron is a must-have for busy families. Make sure you add it to your supply list for this school year!