How to Make Santa Bags | Screen Printing with Your Cricut or Silhouette

Dec 9, 2019 | Christmas, Cricut Projects, Project Ideas, Tutorials, Vinyl Projects

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Christmas is getting closer!  As you start to wrap all those gifts, why not add a personalized touch to your wrapping this year.  With one piece of vinyl, I made Santa sacks for the entire family.  These bags would be perfect for wrapping all of your handmade gifts (screen printed t-shirts!!!) or those odd shape gifts that are impossible to wrap.

After you've printed your bags, you can go back with another screen to add the personalization each one.  Since I have a different name on each bag, I'm using HTV to add the names.  This is a great way to use up some of that extra HTV or add a sparkle with glitter vinyl.

Supplies Used in This Tutorial

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Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Download this Special Delivery SVG from Etsy.
  2. Import the design into Design Space (or whatever program your vinyl cutter uses).
  3. Size the design according to the size of your bags.  I used these bags from Amazon which are 12″x20″.  I cut my design at 10″ wide. If you are using a 10×14 frame, you'll want to make your design a little smaller.
  4. Cut the design on Oracal 651 with the mirror option ON.
  5. Attach the vinyl to the back of your Speedball screen.  I used this 16×20 size screen, but you could use the 10×14 size as well.
  6. My bags came a little wrinkled, so I used my Easy Press 2 to iron them a bit before printing.
  7. Squeegee your Speedball fabric ink over the design.
  8. Lift the screen and place it on your next bag.  Repeat as many times as needed!
  9. Allow your bags to air dry for 2-3 days (you can speed up the process using a heat gun or fan).
  10. Press the bags at 320 degrees for 40 seconds.  This will heat seal the ink and make it permanent on the bags.

Process Video

Heat Setting Speedball Fabric Ink

Don't forget to heat set your fabric ink after you have let the bags air dry.  This cures the Speedball fabric ink and makes it permanent on your bag.  Set your heat press or Easy Press 2 to 320 degrees for 40 seconds.  Learn more about other ways to heat set the ink, including instructions for using a household iron here.  You can wash and reuse these bags year after year!

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