DIY Dog Treat Bag with Cricut Iron-On

DIY Cricut iron on customised typography dog treat bag

Move over, Rihanna! Humphrey’s in the (dog)house! Apologies for the puppy potty mouth. This is currently a running joke in our house, and I couldn’t resist making a DIY Cricut dog treat bag using heat transfer vinyl. Since not everyone will share my twisted sense of humour for dog double entendre, this post will walk you through creating your own custom typographic design in Cricut Design Space.

DIY Drawstring Dog Treat Bags

To create your own DIY drawstring dog treat bag like the one shown, check out our detailed DIY instructions for making drawstring treat bags or, better still, sniff around our new DIY dog treat bags with waterproof liners – I love the liners! My favourite pocket bags! Just be careful when you’re ironing your heat transfer design into place that you don’t use too much heat for the lining material.

My blank treat bag pictured here was made from a simple calico fabric with a contrasting polka dot cotton trim. You know I can’t resist those spots and dots! Cotton is inexpensive, washable, and smooth tight-weave cotton fabrics are a good base for ironing on heat-transfer designs. If you’d prefer to take a shortcut, you can buy small drawstring bags (affiliate link) online, some craft supply stores, or in the gift sections of bargain and department stores. Make sure the fabric is easily washable and suitable for ironing.

Customising a Treat Bag Using Heat Transfer Vinyl

Making DIY Custom Cricut Dog Treat Bags

The iron-on for this dog treat bag was created using my Cricut Explore Air 2 and heat transfer vinyl for fabric. You can sniff around the Cricut products on Amazon (affiliate link) for ideas on machines, materials, and prices. 

To keep this project accessible, I created the design in Cricut Design Space instead of using Illustrator or other specialised software. The details are below as a guide for creating your own custom typography designs. Not everyone might appreciate my sense of humour and language. Haha! If you’re using a different cutting machine, the design concepts can be adapted to your own software and tools. When creating and applying your iron-on, follow the directions of your specific machine and materials. 

Alternative Embellishments (No Cricut Required)

If you don’t have a computer-controlled cutter or just feel like doing something different, you can use fabric markers or paint to create your own design. Remember to slip some cardboard inside to prevent any accidental bleed through to the other side of the treat bag. You can also use a ready-made iron-on to decorate your treat bags, like our originals. They’re easy and cute. 

Even though I am now a very happy Cricut owner, I still try to ensure that the DIY posts we share have variations that work for people crafting without cutters. Tiger on the other hand still feels that the Cricut box is the best part. He loves that thing so much, I’ve kept it for him. CriCAT! Cats and boxes… The classic. And curious pup Humphrey is rather jealous that he can’t squeeze in there, too.

Cat in empty Cricut box being sniffed by a young Dalmatian dog

Making DIY Dog Treat Bags with Custom Cricut Iron-Ons

Supplies and Materials

To make a similar DIY Cricut dog treat bag, you will need:

  • Small drawstring bag 
  • Heat transfer vinyl 
  • Computer controlled cutter and associated tools
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Teflon sheet (optional)

Creating a Custom Cricut Dog Treat Bag with Heat Transfer Vinyl Iron-Ons

  • Create (or purchase) your custom design. See below for DIY tips and ideas.
  • Prepare and cut the design on suitable heat transfer vinyl (or alternative material). Ensure it’s correctly sized for your treat bag.
  • Once your design is cut, weeded, and ready to go, double check before application. Position and check the placement and look of your full design before committing to ironing it into place. Happy? Ready to iron!
  • Apply the heat transfer(s) per the instructions for your chosen vinyl product. A Teflon sheet (affiliate link) is handy for extra protection, if you have one. Our iron-on here was a single piece application, but protection is especially important is layering multiple pieces in your design. See our DIY shadow effect t-shirts for layering tips, if needed.
How to make custom Cricut dog treat bags using heat transfer vinyl

Creating Designs with Text in Cricut Design Space

To create a custom typography design in Cricut Design Space, start by creating a new project. Don’t be intimidated. It’s VERY easy to start making your own designs using text, shapes, or images in design space. This type of text base design is an easy way to get started with DIY designing. If you’re like me, it will probably take you longer to pick the font than it will to actually make your design. 

Tip: If you are new to Cricut and its functionality, there are plenty of on-line help articles, introductory videos, and other resources; however, if you have used other digital design tools in the past, Cricut Design Space is intuitive and easy to navigate.

Getting Started with Text

Since we’re working with typography only for this design, there are no images to upload or shapes to add, just hop straight into Text to add type. You can play with colour (or other layer attributes) as you go by clicking the coloured circle on the layer or adjust later. The selected layer can be resized using the lower left corner (or toolbar) and/or rotated using the upper left corner (or toolbar). Background grid lines make manual adjustments and alignment very easy. Tip: At this stage, relative size and position matter, but you can keep things big and then shrink down to itty treat bag size later.

Experimenting with Different Fonts

The current Design Space default font “Cricut Sans” is not bad for a default freebie, but for a little more character in our “TREATIES” I wanted to change things up.  The free fonts within Design Space are currently rather limited. Since I normally do my design work in Adobe, I don’t subscribe to Cricut. Subscribers can access a wide range of premium font options.   

Cricut Design Space can also access the installed fonts on your computer system.  Cursive from system fonts is problematic for cut files, but system fonts work great for separate lettering styles. You can buy fonts or find free fonts for download online. Dafont is one of my favourites for freebies. It’s reliable, has clear categories, and decent advanced search parameters.  Pay attention to the terms of use and, if you are looking for a particular purpose, take advantage of preview functions.

Experiment with different font styles and designs. Found something you like? Prepare your design, and tweak the font size, placement, spacing, and other attributes if needed. You can also unlock to adjust individual properties, such as width or height.  Don’t choose anything too skinny or with overly detailed edges for cutting, especially with small iron-ons like this treat bag design. Keep the font thick enough to cut, weed, and transfer. Once you are satisfied, you can group your layers. This is optional, but a handy way to semi-lock your design together. You can then resize the group to fit your treat bag (or other project) while maintaining full editing flexibility if you need to revert.

Cutting the Custom Design for Use

Double check the measurements of your treat bag and your design before you finalise for cutting.

If welding, remember to save your file before you weld. Unlike grouping, attaching, or flattening, weld is not reversible. In this design, there are no overlapping bits that need to be cut as a single element, so weld or attach will serve much the same function (see links for Cricut Design Space manual details) to let you send your design to be cut “as is” instead of spreading the layer pieces out in what may perhaps be a more material efficient but painful to apply format.

Since we’re cutting to iron on, you must either reverse the image (flip horizontal) before sending to make or toggle mirror on within the making process. Ready to make!  From here, just follow the Cricut system prompts and instructions for your chosen vinyl.

DIY custom Cricut dog treat bags with iron on vinyl

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