Teacher appreciation week is almost here! My talented friend Liz, from Liz on Call, created this fun #1 Teacher SVG file you can use to create an awesome teacher gift for the special teachers in your life.

#1 Teacher Tote Bag - teacher appreciation gift idea with a free SVG cut file

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#1 Teacher Tote Bag

Start by heading over to Liz’s blog to get your free #1 Teacher SVG file. Upload the image into Cricut Design Space.

#1 Teacher SVG - Cricut Design Space

From here you can add personalization and change the colors to whatever you like! I also added the name of my daughter’s teacher using the Cricut Cartoon Script Com Roman font.

Personalized #1 Teacher SVG - Cricut Design Space

Helpful tip: How to Upload an Image to Cricut Design Space

I used the tote bag I purchased at Dollar General to be my guide. This tote worked out perfectly as one side had a pretty southwest pattern and the other side was white canvas. I found my scraps of glitter iron-on and chose the ones that matched my tote the best. I changed the colors to match on my Design Space canvas. (Colors of glitter iron-on I used: Green Glitter, Aqua Glitter, Gold Glitter, and Glitter Lipstick)

Match glitter vinyl to tote

Back side of tote bag

Click the green Make It button. Since this design is being cut out of iron-on, we need to select Mirror-Image for each mat. Click the green Continue button.

Choose mirror image when using iron on

Set the Smart Set Dial to Custom and choose Glitter Iron-on from the drop-down menu.

Smartset dial custom glitter iron on

Cut out each of the pieces of the pattern using your Cricut machine.

Use Cricut Explore Air 2 to cut glitter iron on

You can use the BrightPad to help you weed the glitter iron-on. It can be really hard to see. If you don’t have a BrightPad, working by a well-lit window can help you see the lines.

Use BrightPad to help weed glitter iron on 1

I pulled the inside pieces of iron-on off the liner and carefully placed it on the teal outline. The liner is a little bit sticky, so I was able to position everything on the outline of the design. This was an easier way to get everything lined up than trying to make sure the other colors were lined up first.

Line up iron on to transfer to tote

Use the Cricut EasyPress recommended settings guide to select the temperature and time for your particular bag. I chose the setting for the cotton canvas. Preheat for 5 seconds. Apply medium pressure at 270° for 30 seconds. Heat from the inside of the bag for 15 seconds. Peel off the liner while the design is still warm.

Use EasyPress to attach glitter iron on to tote

Note: Using a lower temperature worked perfectly and I didn’t shrink the fabric or ruin the bag. This bag didn’t have a tag inside with the type of fabric, so in this case, I would always try a lower temperature first, then bump it up if needed. Warm peel the liner off of your design.

This design is so cute! I love that I can personalize a useful gift for my daughter’s teacher. The #1 Teacher apple design is so versatile!

Personalized #1 Teacher gift tote bag

Personalized reversible tote bag

#1 Teacher tote bag gift idea

#1 Teacher SVG Cut File

Thank you to Liz for sharing her SVG file with all of us! Liz created an adorable clipboard using the same design.

#1 Teacher clipboard gift idea

And my friend Amy at The Happy Scraps created a fun straw cup using the same design.

End of Year Teacher Gift

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