Coloring Page Iron-On Tote Bag

Adult Coloring Page Iron-On

Adult coloring is all the rage but until last week I hadn't taken the plunge to try it.  I thought, "oh, pish pash, I don't have time for that", but then, I got curious.  I mean, it couldn't hurt to try it, right?  

The urge hit me after I dropped my hubby and my two oldest sons off at the gym and my youngest son and I went to Michaels (yes, we always shop on these occasions!).  We walked in the door and there was a display filled with adult coloring books.  My interest peaked.  Then, I found a colorful display of Prismacolor pencils.  So. Many. Colors.  It was then I knew I had to give this a try so off I went to the register with my pencils.  Adult coloring page and Prismacolor pencilsWhen I got home that night, after feeding the sweaty hoard (my family after the gym) I chose a free coloring page (“Click here and select “free pages” to download your own free Prismacolor coloring pages!) and started coloring...and coloring and coloring.  
My first adult color page It took me three days to finish my coloring page but I started to look forward to coloring every night - it was so relaxing and it was a nice way to do something artsy and still be in the same room with my family while they watched TV and I played.

Once my page was done I realized I wanted to keep up with my new hobby but I needed something cute to carry my supplies in so I could take them on the go. I decided to make a tote bag and use my first coloring page to decorate it with.     Turn your favorite coloring page into an artsy tote bag

Iron-On Coloring Page Tote Bag


Plain canvas tote bag

Iron-on transfer paper



Coloring Page scanned resized 800 x 1256

I started by scanning my coloring page and saving it as a .png file.  Once saved I opened the page in PicMonkey (you can use any editing program!) and edited it a bit.  adult coloring page mirror image on transfer paper

I bumped up the colors so they were a bit more vibrant, added the phrase, Live in COLOR, switched the image to a mirror image (this is important so that when you print it out it will be backwards but will be forward once you iron it on) and then printed it out on image transfer coloring page mirror image on transfer paperI then ironed my coloring page on to the tote bag following the directions for the paper I was coloring page mirror image on transfer paper

Once my transfer was cool (it is so hard to wait this part out).....I peeled off the paper and voila - my bag was ready!Small muslin bag with eraser and sharpener

I put an eraser and sharpener into a small muslin bag - you'll need these - trust me!

IMG_4905I then put some more coloring pages on a clipboard and put everything in my tote bag.IMG_4911

I love that everything is in one place so that whether I'm at home....On the go with my adult coloring tote bag and coloring supplies - find out more at cupcakesandcrinoline.comor on the go, I always have my coloring page supplies with me.

Coloring page iron on art

Have you tried this relaxing hobby yet? 

xo Mary Beth


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  1. Diana / Dreams Factory says:

    Wow, it looks amazing! I love your idea of transforming the coloring page into digital art! So clever!
    Now I think I finally want to try me some coloring pages! 🙂
    Have a lovely day,

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Diana! You have a lovely day as well - hugs!

  2. Mary Beth.... you are sooo creative!!! Oh my goodness! I LOVE this!!!!!!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so, so much, dear friend!!!! xo

  3. Allison @ Dream a Little Bigger says:

    This is lovely. What a brilliant way to use what we color. I hate just tossing the pages in the closet 🙂

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Allison! I'll bet you have some gorgeous coloring pages to share. 🙂

  4. TwoPlusCute says:

    So pretty, so neat and what a great idea.
    I am very into color this year and love this colorful art bag. 🙂

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you! I am into color, too, it seems - I can't get enough of it!

  5. This is incredible MB! You did amazing crafting here. I love the whole thing!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Malia! xo

  6. Amy Anderson says:

    What a fun tote Mary Beth! I want to try this with my own coloring pages!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Amy!

  7. linda(burlap+blue) says:

    Such a GREAT idea!! So creative!

  8. What a great idea! My grand kiddos will LOVE to make this next time they visit. Thank you for all the details.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Meegan <3

  9. What a cut idea! My girls and I have been coloring together and I bet they would love if I would do this with one of their coloring pages!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, KC 🙂