Spring is always a busy time of year. Whether you are planning summer vacation with the family, road-tripping a few states away for a friend’s wedding, or traveling for work, your calendar is probably filling up – and filling up fast.
With traveling comes packing. You might avoid it completely or pretend your suitcase is Mary Poppins’ magic bag – either way, packing for a trip (long or short) is always a challenge.
One way to ease the pain of packing is to keep things neat and organized. These DIY iron-on shoe bags can help keep your favorite shoes in one place while keeping those cute new vacation dresses separate (and clean!).
They couldn’t be easier to make. You just need a few supplies:
- Shoe bags
- Transfer paper
- CHI iron
We purchased these basic canvas shoe bags online, but you can get them in a variety of colors and patterns, depending on your travel style. We used Cricut Design Space to create the designs for our shoe bags, but you could use another program like InDesign or Illustrator – or you could enlist a tech-savvy/artsy friend to create the design for you. Even better.
Once you have your fonts, colors, and/or graphics set in stone, print your design onto transfer paper. You can purchase transfer paper at craft stores, office supply stores, or online.
Print your design onto transfer paper using either an inkjet or laser printer (be sure to check your transfer paper directions). It is very important you print a mirror image of your design. Your printer will have a mirror mode or you can flip the image in the design program – either way will work.
Once your sheets are printed, it’s time to iron. Directions vary by the type of transfer paper you purchase, so make sure you are following the directions that can be found on both the packaging and the individual sheets.
Apply pressure and hold the iron on top of the letters. Once you have ironed your letters on for the specified time (the time will vary by paper and material), let the iron on cool. Once the iron on is cool to touch, peel back the transfer paper and ta-da! – a cute new shoe bag to use for your next getaway.
We loved the simplicity of text on our shoe bags, but you could add a photo (like we did with the bright pink pump), or even a few words like “the perfect pair.” The sky’s the limit.
A few shoe bags fit perfectly into a carry-on, along with enough clothes for the week, and the trusty CHI Essentials Travel Set. With your clothes, shoes, and flat iron all (neatly) packed, you’re ready to take on the spring’s social calendar. Safe travels!