Missy Briggs | Calligraphy | Crafting DIY

M2B Studio - Calligraphy by Missy Briggs

Quick and easy back to school backpack with Cricut Iron-on

Missy Briggs

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

It’s back-to-school time and in my house that means new backpacks. It also means my daughter will choose a design that does not exist in any store. Her challenge for me this year is: a hot dog backpack.

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I’ve got my Cricut Maker, the ultimate easy personalization tool for back to school, so I’m ready!
Here’s a quick and easy hot dog backpack design for my most critical customer.

Choosing Cricut Iron-on vinyl is perfect for this project because they have a Strong-bond guarantee. When applied as directed, your vinyl will stick and stay stuck or Cricut will replace it!

Vinyl Materials:

Cricut Everyday Iron-On : Beige

Cricut Everyday Iron-On : Black

Cricut Everyday Iron-On : Parchment

Cricut Everyday Iron-On : Red

Cricut Everyday Iron-On : Yellow


Cricut Maker

Cricut StandardGrip Adhesive Cutting Mat

Cricut Easy Press 2

Cricut Easy Press mat

Amazon Basics Backpack


Open my design in Cricut Design Space and resize to fit your backpack or bag. Remember to mirror the image when using iron-on and place the shiny side (clear liner) down on the mat.

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To edit the text and create a perfectly aligned and connected cursive word, click on the text to select and re-type your name.

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With the text still selected, click the More dropdown on the text menu and then click Advanced. From here you can ungroup your letters and drag and drop them into place.

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Don’t forget to select all the text when you are finished and click Weld from the bottom of the layers panel. 


Follow the prompts in Design Space to cut the images from the iron-on material. PRO TIP: For the multi-layered hot dog, cut out the entire image and weed away unwanted pieces 



1. Use a Weeder Tool to remove the negative pieces of iron-on so just your design remains on the clear liner. 


2. Prepare your backpack by stuffing the bag with a towel or EasyPress Mat to ensure a flat surface for pressing.

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3. Apply the iron-on layers to your project using a Cricut EasyPress. Check the Interactive Heat Guide, for the perfect time and temperature settings. You can also use a household iron or heat press (set to 315 degrees Fahrenheit/press for 20-30 seconds).

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Side note: My daughter wanted this to be multiple colors, but I think this design would be really cute as a line drawing!