DIY: Harry Potter Tote Bag

So if you live in So Cal, you have probably heard by now that the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is opening next month at Universal Studios. And if you follow any theme park/book nerd/awesome people on Instagram, you have probably noticed that they have been having soft openings on a regular basis. In other words, a lot of people have already gotten to experience the magic of WWHP and I am super jealous that I am not one of them. I am planning on sucking it up and investing in an annual pass next week, so stay tuned for reports. In order for me to hit up WWHP in style, I decided to rock some new HP themed crafts, one of them being this super cute tote bag.

harry potter tote bag

Here are the supplies you will need to make a tote of your own: white tote bag, fabric transfer pen, iron, plain piece of cardstock, and Harry Potter phrase printed onto plain white copy paper.

harry potter tote

Turn the printed phrase upside down. You may want to use the cardstock as a barrier between the paper and your work surface as the pen will likely bleed through.

harry potter tote bag

Using the fabric transfer pen, outline the letters of your phrase first…

harry potter tote bag

…then fill the letters in, making sure the coverage is solid.

harry potter tote bag

This piece of paper will be what you use to transfer the phrase onto the tote bag. Make sure you follow the directions enclosed with your pen as each brand may have different instructions. For mine, I first ironed the tote to heat up the surface of the fabric, then I placed the cardstock inside the bag to prevent bleeding onto the other side of the fabric.

harry potter tote bag

Place the paper with the phrase on it on top of the bag, fabric transfer pen side down. (Note: you will see the original printed phrase since it is on the opposite side of the fabric pen side.)

harry potter tote bag

Press the iron firmly across the entire design, making sure to give each section at least twenty seconds of heat. Gently peel the paper away from the bag…

harry potter tote bag

I decided to go back and fill in some of the lighter spots with a fabric marker after the fact, but I also kind of like the faded look of some of the letters as it works with the Harry Potter theme. Here is the finished product (pre fabric marker touch ups):

harry potter tote bag

I love how the bag came out and I can’t wait to use it at WWHP, hopefully this week! Have you been to WWHP yet? What are the must dos? Let me know!

Here are some of the products I used in this project (affiliate links):


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