Poolside or beachside, you’ll make waves this summer wherever you go in your latest suit and shades – and of course, your beach tote. This essential accessory is the carry-all for all things that matter: towels, sunscreen, beach reads, and snacks. So claim your goods in style by making customized tags for your bags and more.
Iron-on tags are the way to go for a label that says “mine” in more ways than one. Keep it classic with your initials in a pretty script, or let your nickname shine with bright, bold letters. We used Cricut Design Space to create the text for our labels, but you could use your own software or see what your local craft store has to offer.
When it comes to the tag, go basic like we did with sturdy, yet beachy, canvas. Or choose a color or print that matches your bag … or your mood. Got sewing skills? Make your own tags in whatever shape and size you want.
Once you’ve picked out your tags and text, print your wording onto transfer paper, which you can pickup at craft stores, office supply stores, or online. Follow the package directions to print your design. It’s very important you print a mirror image of your design. You can do this within your printer or software settings – just remember to do it!
Once your sheets are printed and cut to size, it’s time to iron. Directions vary by the type of transfer paper you purchase, but make sure you’ve turned the heat on and the steam off on your CHI iron.
Once the iron is set to temperature, place the custom iron-on onto your fabric, and apply pressure as you set the iron down on top. As soon as you’ve pressed the iron-on for the time indicated on the packaging, remove the iron and let everything cool off. When it’s cool to the touch, peel back the transfer paper and voila – a tag for your best tote!
Tagging your gear doesn’t have to stop with these tie-on labels. Keep yours and the little ones’ towels out of the lost and found (or someone else’s bag) by ironing your name or initials onto them. Follow the same process for the tags, ironing the letters directly onto the inside of your towel.
We stuck to just ironing on names, but that doesn’t mean a cute graphic should be out of the question. Keep the beachy vibes going with a seashell, sailboat or anchor. When you’re ready to hit the water, pack up your bag with your favorite CHI products to add texture to your beach-made waves, or hold your locks in place in the wind. And don’t forget your sunscreen!
Want to get a beachy waves any time of the year? Check out our tutorial.