Sometimes DIYs go wrong. I found this out today when I started what I thought would be a simple tote bag DIY. I think I may have managed to rescue it though, which I am pleased about. I’m pretty sure this would have turned out fine if the T-shirt transfer paper I had used wasn’t over 5 years old. I figured I would share the DIY anyway as it didn’t turn out too horribly in the end!
The first problem was when I realised the writing on the back of the paper transferred along with the design. I tried to fix this problem by turning the iron down a little, but only half of the moustaches I ironed on after came out complete. I also found that using an ordinary sized iron made it almost impossible to place the separate moustaches close together. Because of this, I burnt the edges of several of them. Eeeek! Luckily, I managed to scrape the bits of failed moustache off and tried again, filling in the bits that were burnt or just didn’t stick at all with a fabric pen.
It isn’t perfect, but it will do. If I were to ever try this again, I would just paint the design on. It was far too much hassle using the iron on transfer paper. However, I love the design and the bag looks pretty acceptable from further away!