These free printable adult coloring pages can be used as tote bag designs with Cricut Infusible Ink markers. We’re also giving 3 SVG tote bag designs!
Today’s post is like a meat fork.
You know, those stabby forks with the two long tines?
Yup, well this post is kinda like that—I need to yap about two topics, but I’ll eventually bring them together.
Okay, tine #1:
Free Printable Adult Coloring Pages
A few months ago on our Facebook page I asked if any of you guys were into adult coloring. It was an activity I’d only just recently learned about, so I figured it couldn’t be that popular. Honestly, I made a joke about it.
Who the hell has time to color? I thought.
But the replies I got astounded me. I couldn’t believe how many of you are totally into it!
It was one of those awakening moments where I felt I’d come closer to a Universal Truth or The Meaning of Life. A veil had been lifted, and I saw the world a little clearer and with a little better understanding.
This was a world in which it was okay for anyone and everyone to color!
All along, I’d been thinking that coloring books were the sole dominion of children and a few straggling millennials who just couldn’t grasp the concept of “adulting.”
I had no idea that adult coloring was a legitimate and wildly popular pastime for so many people aged 18 to 88 and beyond!
Well, Handan and I decided right then and there that we would soon incorporate some free printable adult coloring pages into our printables posts.
If adult coloring was a thing, we wanted in on it!
Handan has been busy putting together a bunch of free printable adult coloring pages that will hopefully keep you entertained and occupied as you while away your leisure time this holiday season.
And since we’re still in October, we’re including some fun sugar skulls to color as well!
Tote Bag Designs
This past summer, Connecticut banned plastic bags—a move that was cheered and scorned in equal measure by its citizens.
Many were prepared for this day. They’d been bringing their own tote bags for years, so the ban was just another day in the life.
But many many more were caught unprepared on August 1.
Abandoned shopping carts brimming with food littered the checkout area of our local ShopRite, as uninformed shoppers learned the hard way that that particular grocery chain had taken the drastic measure of not only removing the plastic bags entirely, but not offering a paid paper alternative.
Confusion reigned as bagless shoppers shuffled aimlessly through the aisles, their plastic lifelines unceremoniously yanked and discarded.
The airwaves were abuzz as local disc jockeys fielded call after frantic phone call from panicked and angry shoppers who rejected this Brave New World and demanded a return to normalcy.
The Bag Ban had further fractured an already fragile citizenry.
Amid the fury and furor, I needed to go grocery shopping. I was making my famous keto eggplant parmesan with homegrown eggplants, tomatoes and garlic, but I needed to buy some ground beef and mozzarella cheese.
Fortunately, Handan and I had been stockpiling plastic bags. Most people do this to some extent, I think. You never know when they’ll come in handy.
So I waded into the fray, dodged a few shuffling zombies and crazed, bagless loonies, bought my ingredients, and then I carried them back home in a bag that had recently been used by our son to transport boxes of Turkish Delight back from his summer holiday in Turkey.
I survived the Plasti-pocalypse.
And I’ve been getting along just fine ever since.
I’m fairly certain the state will survive, too.
But my stockpile...
My plastic bags are getting a little long in the tooth.
They’re starting to split at the seams.
And some of them are starting to smell.
I’d been noticing that most other shoppers weren’t doing what I was doing anymore.
Not many still used old plastic bags.
Most had switched over to tote bags.
There were plain ones and store-branded ones.
I saw plastic ones and canvas ones.
And I even spied a few silvery ones that looked insulated for frozen foods.
The state was awash in tote bags, and another veil lifted from my eyes.
I put my tired plastic bags aside as a child must do before he can become a man.
I wanted to be a Tote Man like the others I’d seen in the stores.
But any old tote bag wouldn’t do.
We’re DIYers and crafters!
I intended to put those skills to use and make me some badass tote bag designs that would turn heads as I strolled through Stop & Shop.
We’ll be sharing those tote bag designs with you today as SVG cut files.
Then Handan had a fantastic idea. This shouldn’t come as any surprise – she’s full of fantastic ideas!
(And this is where the two tines of the fork meet.)
The free printable adult coloring sheets can be just that—regular old coloring sheets that you fill in and forget.
Or you could color them with Cricut Infusible Ink pens and markers and transfer those designs onto tote bags (or t-shirts) with a heat press!
The important thing to note is that the Infusible Inks must be used with compatible blanks (in this case tote bags or t-shirts).
And if you have a Cricut Maker or Explore Air, you can print the adult coloring pages (and sugar skulls) with black Infusible Ink, like we did. If you don’t have one of those machines, you can print these designs on a laser or inkjet printer and then trace the lines with a black Infusible Ink marker after you’ve colored-in the design with the other Infusible Ink markers.
Okay, enough of my yapping. Let’s make some totes!
DIY Custom Tote Bags with Cricut Infusible Ink Sheets
The three tote bag designs we’re sharing with you today are geared for the male shoppers in your family. Since I’m the chef and food shopper in this family, I wanted to make some funny tote bags that I will actually use in the store. No flowery images or cutesy phrases for this guy!
I’ll also be using one of the sugar skull totes, and once we get more tote bag blanks, I will make a few with our adult coloring pages. (Just need to find the time to sit and color!)
The first design comes from a bumper sticker I remember seeing the 80s. I’ve never forgotten it, and I’ve never seen it since.
Eat Beef. Because the West Wasn’t Won on Salad.
Best advice I’ve ever heard!
The second design is another favorite and a sentiment to which most guys can relate! 😀
The third design is a Greg Navage original ( 😆 ), inspired by those “Save the Whales” bumper stickers I used to see so often in my youth.
By now our vegan and vegetarian readers are probably sharpening their salad forks to have a go at me! 😀
We thought this tote bag design would look awesome in two colors: black lettering and red steak.
Handan loaded the SVG design into Cricut Design Space, removed the steak element from the design by turning of that layer and then reversed the image.
Do you see all those tabs open in my babes’ browser? That’s basically a snapshot of her brain.
I put a black Infusible Ink transfer sheet onto the mat, flattened it with the brayer and then let the Cricut Maker do its thing.
While the Maker cut the design, I prepped the tote bag. With Infusible Inks, it’s important to clean the tote with a lint roller first to get rid of any and all stray particles.
You definitely don’t want stray particles on your tote. They’ll just hang around, get up to no good and attract other strays. Before you know it, you’re tote will have tats, piercings and will smell like cigarette smoke.
Next, I slid a piece of heavy cardstock in the bag to prevent bleed-through.
After preheating the EasyPress 2 to 385 degrees, I laid a piece of butcher paper on the tote bag, and ironed out the wrinkles. This also evaporates any moisture that may be lurking in the fibers. Stray particles and lurking moisture: the two sworn enemies of Infusible Ink.
With the tote bag pressed and ready, I turned back to the design. I peeled the transfer sheet from the mat and weeded out the negative areas.
Next, I put a red Infusible Ink transfer sheet on the mat, and Handan turned on only the steak layer, clicked on “mirror” and then sent it to the Maker.
I weeded and cut around the steak. This was making me hungry! That’s a damn good-looking steak right there!
Then I placed the steak in its place on the first transfer sheet.
This tote bag design is ready to go!
Yeah, yeah, I know. I forgot to weed the little circles in the fork and knife. We ended up doing this design twice.
I positioned the design on the tote bag.
Then I covered the design with butcher paper and pressed it lightly for 40 seconds at 385 degrees.
After pressing, I waited just a bit and then peeled it while still warm.
I love this tote bag design, and I can’t wait to go shopping with it!
Because I messed up and had to make two totes with the above design, I only got the chance to make one other of my manly tote bag designs.
DIY Custom Tote Bags with Cricut Infusible Ink Markers
For our last tote, we used one of the sugar skulls that I had printed on a normal copy paper and colored with Infusible Ink markers.
First, Handan uploaded one of the adult coloring pages to Cricut Design Space as a “Cut” image.
Then she clicked on the image and changed the Line Type from “Cut” to “Draw”.
Next I inserted the black Infusible Ink marker to Clamp A, put the normal copy paper on a mat and clicked the “Make It” button. Then Cricut did its thing and drew the outlines of the skull on a normal copy paper for me.
Once the outlines were drawn, I started coloring the skull with Infusible Ink markers.
Look at that concentration!
The colors look so dull on paper, but they will POP when transfered to the tote!
I trimmed the paper down to size and prepared to transfer by removing lint from the tote, inserting card stock in the tote and ironing it as explained before.
To keep my sugar skull tote bag design in place, I used Cricut heat-resistant tape on the corners.
Next I laid a piece of butcher paper over the top and pressed it lightly for 40 seconds at 385 degrees.
The big reveal!
I love this design, and I think it works well for all genders and ages!
I’ve already tossed these totes in the car, and I’m really looking forward to my next trip to the grocery store!
Finally, I’m a Tote Man!
We hope you like these free printable adult coloring pages and our tote bag designs!
If you make some totes or just color some pages, be sure to take a picture and post it on Instagram! Don’t forget to tag us @TheNavagePatch! We love to see our free printables out in the wild!
Now it’s time to click on the button below to download today’s free printable adult coloring book pages and the free tote designs. We’re offering the adult coloring pages in two formats: PDF and JPG. You’ll find all the coloring pages in the “Coloring Pages” section of The VIP Patch.
As for the free downloadable tote designs, we’re offering them in three formats: SVG, JPG and PNG. You’ll find all the free downloadable tote designs in the “SVGs – Stencils” section of The VIP Patch.
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