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After School Activity Totes

September 10, 2015
After School Activity Totes

After School Activity Totes

Hello again! I am so excited to be back over here on View From The Fridge sharing another organizational idea with you! I know it’s been a little while, so let me reintroduce myself. I’m Erin and I blog over at The Organized Life where I am currently working on organizing my mudroom/pantry for $100 or less. Trust me. No matter what happens, it cannot look any worse than when I started.

Last time I was over here, I discussed some ideas for homework organization. I am assuming that, if you have children, they are back at school reading, writing, and passing notes in class. (Do they even do that anymore?) Just as we are starting to find our back-to-school groove, all the extra-curricular activities are starting up. I actually spent an entire afternoon signing my 3 kiddos up for various sports and creative arts activities: piano lessons, swimming lessons, flag football, church musicals… and now my daughter wants to join band. While I try to limit the amount of activities my children are involved in, I love when they find enjoyment in something other than Minecraft.

In years past, I haven’t done anything with all the required gear for each activity. We would just run around trying to find swimsuits, goggles, and beach towels two minutes prior to leaving for class. It’s not the ideal situation. So, this year I’m trying a new approach: Activity Tote Bags.

After School Activity Totes

Please keep in mind that artsy/crafty is not my strong-suit, so if I can make these bags, anyone can. My original idea was to buy some canvas tote bags and use fabric markers to draw on the text and images (which is laughable… see above: not artsy/crafty), but while at Michaels, I discovered Iron-On Image Transfer Sheets. Hallelujah! I just might make these bags look decent after all.


  • Tote Bag(s)
  • Image Transfer Sheets
  • Iron


Start by creating the words and images on your computer. Once you have everything the way you want it, print a mirror image onto the transfer sheets. You need to create the mirror image so when you iron it onto your bag, it won’t be backwards.

After School Activity Totes

Following the instructions from the transfer sheets packaging, I heated my iron to high (no steam) and pressed firmly on the iron making sure to get each area ironed for at least 90 seconds. For whatever reason, it states this should not be done on an ironing board, so I did it on a tile floor.

After School Activity Totes

Allow the transfer sheet to cool completely and then peel off the paper backing.

After School Activity Totes

Now I have a place to store all the things that belong with each activity, which will hopefully eliminate all the last minute running around. I’m going to keep these totes with each child’s backpack, hanging in the mudroom. This provides easy access as we run out the door.

After School Activity Totes

I thought I’d share couple things I learned along the way:

  1. If you notice the iron-on didn’t quite adhere to the fabric, you can place the paper backing over that part and re-iron. However, if the hot iron touches the ironed-on image or text, it will come off. I know this because it happened to me. Oops.
  2. I used my “messed up bag” to experiment with the washing machine. I’m glad I tried it out because now I know I cannot recommend it. While most of my pattern stayed on well, some did bubble a bit. I think spot washing by hand is the better way to go.

Thank you Katie for having me over once again! I hope everyone enjoys their upcoming weekend.

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  • Reply Ruthie September 10, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Erin I love how these turned out! I can attest that they look great in person! Monaya had hers last night for piano lessons. :)

  • Reply Suzan September 10, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    These are such a great idea – just love them !!!
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    • Reply Erin Meyer September 11, 2015 at 11:23 am

      Thanks Suzan! They were a pretty simple project, and that’s what I’m all about… simple!

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