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Last week I shared a tutorial on a DIY Youth and Toddler size screen printing pallet that I made for my screen printing press. This same pallet works great for tote bags too! Today I'm making a personalized trick-or-treat bag for my daughter who is going to be Toothless from “How to Train Your Dragon” for Halloween. Yep, no girly-girl costumes for us. It seems like just yesterday that I made DIY tutus for Halloween and now I'm making dragon wings!
For a fun effect on Halloween night, I used Speedball Night Glo ink in white. This ink isn't very thick so I knew that covering a black bag would be difficult with just one coat of ink. You've seen me use the ink – dry – ink – dry method in tutorials to get a vibrant color on dark fabrics. I'm using that same process here to get a great coverage on this blank tote bag.
Supplies Used in this Tutorial
- Screen Printing Press
- Speedball Night Glo ink in white
- Blank Tote Bag
- Oracal 651 Vinyl – any color
- Speedball Screen Printing Frame 10×14
- Painter’s Tape
- Transfer Tape
- Cricut Maker
- Heat Press, Easy Press 2 or household iron (Learn how to heat set your finished tote)
Not shown in the video > Heat setting the tote after the ink dries. This step is important because it makes your ink permanent on the fabric. Here is a tutorial with 6 ways you can heat set screen printing ink.
Want to learn how to screen print with craft vinyl? Start here!