Make this Harry Potter infusible ink tote and take it to the bookstore to fill it with books from your summer reading list!
I love any excuse to go walk through a book store and browse the shelves for a few hours. Chris can usually find me with a dozen books in my hands slowly walking around looking or sitting on the floor shuffling through the pages of a new book.
The only thing I hate about going to the bookstore is that if I’m carrying a bunch of books in my hands I don’t have a free one to grab more books. Such a struggle, am I right?! So I decided to make a Harry Potter tote bag to carry all my picks and bring them home with me.
Chris and I recently subscribed to Audible so that we could listen to our favorite books on our commutes each day. Right now I’m obsessed with Jim Dale’s adaption of the Harry Potter series. It’s absolutely brilliant and makes me love the series even more. But even with that I still love reading the Harry Potter series. Nothing can replace the feeling of a good book in your hands.
You can sign up for a 30 day free trial with Audible and listen to the Harry Potter books. If you love the series you NEED to listen to the audiobook. It’s amazing.
Since July is the unofficial Harry Potter month I couldn’t let the month go by without a Harry Potter project. I decided I wanted to try out Cricut’s brand of infusible ink and a Harry Potter tote bag seemed like just the thing to make with it!
I won’t lie, I’m not a huge fan of the infusible ink and won’t be using it for many more projects because it’s a pain in the butt to cut and weed with my Silhouette. It’s also ridiculously expensive for what it is and I wasted so many materials trying to get it to cut properly. But it is a fun thing to use and it’s something other than vinyl.
If you’re thinking of trying Cricut’s Infusible Ink for a project, here are some things you need to know!
What settings should you use for Infusible Ink with a Silhouette Machine?
I’ve had success with Blade 5, Speed 5, Force 26 and Pass 1.
This doesn’t always mean you’ll get a clean cut though so you may have to play around with the settings on your own machine. Try doing a small design first so you can test the settings and see if they work.
What designs work best with Infusible ink?
I could not, for the life of me, get intricate designs to work with the Infusible ink. My machine wouldn’t cut the design all the way through or small pieces of the paper would get left behind when I weeded the design.
The type of designs I had the most success with was anything big and simple. If you’re having trouble try fatter letters and a more simple design!
Where can you buy Infusible Ink?
Right now you can find it exclusively at Michael’s Stores and it gets rolled out everywhere on October 1st.
What can you put Infusible Ink on?
Cricut has their own line of blanks for Infusible Ink but you do not have to use their (expensive) materials. Infusible Ink is basically sublimation so you can use ANY blanks that work with sublimation.
Any shirt or canvas/tote needs to be at least 50% polyester for the Infusible Ink to work and you should always use light colors. Darker colors do not pick up the Infusible Ink well.
Do you need a heat press for the Infusible Ink?
Yes. You need heat of at least 400 degrees for 60 seconds for the Infusible Ink to transfer to your blanks. If you do not want a big heat press the Cricut EasyPress 2 heats up to 400 degrees and can be used with Infusible Ink!
(full disclosure: I used my original Cricut EasyPress for the Infusible Ink and it only goes up to 360 degrees. I pressed for 75 seconds and it worked fine! But you should follow Cricut’s instructions and use a heat press or Cricut EasyPress 2 that can heat up to 400 degrees.)
This Harry Potter Infusible Ink Tote is:
- colorful and
- a fun afternoon project!