I was brainstorming gift ideas to make my SNAP secret sister when I thought of making her a mini snack tote filled with her favorite snacks. I found a blank mini white canvas tote and decided to personalize it with printable heat transfer vinyl in my secret sister’s favorite colors: coral and turquoise. Little did I know that I was headed for a lot of frustration and a craft fail.
My secret sister loves paper so I created this design to put on the tote.
I used printable heat transfer vinyl (HTV) for the first time and it was an epic craft fail. The edges of the designs didn’t transfer to the canvas bag. I thought I did something wrong so I re-read the directions and tried again. This time the results were better but still a craft fail. I tried a third time and ironed the HTV for several minutes. This was well beyond time specified by the directions. The result: a third craft fail.
My perfectionist self was on high alert. The printable heat transfer vinyl wasn’t going to work and I had to get this project done! I took some deep breaths and brainstormed what I could do to make the project work. I needed to let go of perfection.
I printed the design on regular iron on for light fabrics and cut it with my Silhouette. I randomly placed the letters and heart shape on the white canvas tote. The letters were as random as this very orderly person could get them anyway! The iron material peeled off perfectly after it was ironed on.
My craft fail turned into a cute mini snack tote. I actually like the random design even more than my original design! Phew, project complete!
I gave this mini snack tote to my secret sister on the first day of the SNAP conference. The note I included said that I hoped the snacks would help fuel her for the conference. My secret sister didn’t know about my original craft fail. I’m sharing my experience with you because I know how frustrating it is when things don’t work out the way we want. Just take a deep breath and think of another way you can still get the project to work! I’d love to hear about any craft fails you’ve had and how you turned it around.