DIY Dolly Parton Bag!

Dolly Parton bag DIY!You, guys! Today is about to get really, really fun. 

We're working with Canon USA to make a Dolly Parton bag!!!! Well, actually, you can make any kind of bag you want. It can have a pet, an old family photo, your #MCM, etc… etc… The possibilities are endless, which makes this a KILLER gift idea. You can surprise your bestie or your mom with something completely custom that perfectly fits their vibe. 

OK, it's DIY time. You ready? 

Printing iron-ons for a Dolly Parton bag!First things first, you'll need to print your image of choice on a sheet of iron-on transfer paper. If you need a little help resizing your image before printing, I got you covered here. We printed ours on the PIXMA MG7520 photo printer, as iron-on paper can really absorb the ink and make for a faded image. You can really see below how the MG7520 is perfect here to push the values on your prints.  

Remember—when you iron on an image, it will be reversed. So if your image has a word on it or needs to NOT be flipped, you need to flip it in Photoshop before you print. :) 

(If you want to print this exact same image, you can download it here.) 

1Step 1: Print your image on iron-on transfer paper. Depending on what you are making, you might need a few prints (I needed 3 for my bag). 

2Step 2: Cut out each image individually being careful to get a nice clean outline. 

3Pretty soon you'll have a cute little army! 

4Step 3: Practice your placement. I decided on a polka dot type patten. You can make yours more dense if you like. 

55Step 4: Flip each piece over and iron it on. 

7Step 5: Allow to cool completely. Then, peel the paper off each paper backing, revealing the design! 

Dolly Parton bag DIY! Ta-da! This project is super simple and FUN. I could do it all day. The most challenging part is finding the perfect image and the perfect bag to iron on to! You don't have to use a bag. I actually wanted to do a dress, but I couldn't find the perfect one, so I improvised. I recommend something that is cotton for best results. Happy DIY-ing! 

xx. Elsie 

Credits// Author: Elsie Larson, Photography: Elsie Larson and Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Actions

  • Amazing! What an absolute babe. Love her! Deinitely going to try this out.

  • Hey Dana!
    You can use any brand. The one I used is from Target (I think it’s an in-house brand).

    Happy crafting! Elsie

  • love your blog !
    what kind of iron on transfer paper do you use?

  • wow this is so fun the possibilities are endless 🙂

    and it looks kinda like a large polka dot pattern from far away

    love 🙂

  • *bows down to the queen in bag form!*

    This is a great idea! I know what certain people are getting for Christmas this year!!

  • believe it or not this half Indian and Jamaican woman right here is a fan of Dolly Parton! I love this DIY! She’s a tough lady with a sweet voice! I think it started with my mom! I’m writing this and thinking with a southern accent. Crazy! That’s what kind of effect this is having on me! lol!

  • That’s a really neat idea!! Thanks for sharing. Loved your blog so much I shared it in a post on my own blog. Please check it out:
    Please share and don’t forget to say hi in the comments :). I’m following you on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, and Bloglovin to keep up with your news and your awesome work!! I’d love if you can follow me back to stay in touch :). Keep up the great work!!

  • Thank you so much!
    😀 Megan

    p.s. I absolutely love your blog! Reading it is the highlight of my day!

  • I was about to ask where this bag was from then I saw everyone else asking! Its adorable!!!!

  • Oh my gosh you guys, this is perfect! I have always wanted that printer, but this is the DIY that pushed it over the edge. Elsie, I hope you rock that around Tennessee! People will LOVE it.

  • I love this DIY! It’s so unique and pretty. I’ll have to try this one out 😀

  • What a lovely idea and so easy!

    Have a great day 😉

  • this is a really lovely idea, looks so cute
    …I am not the biggest Dolly Parton fan, but I love the general idea
    …I´d love little french bulldogs 😉

  • I never thought of doing a repeating pattern with iron transfer paper! So inspired! I will definitely be trying this! It wouldn’t be too hard to make a simple tote like that either…just some duck canvas and some faux leather and you are in business! Love this!

  • This is so cool!!! Hmmm, now I’m thinking what I would put on my bag..


  • That is so quirky and fun! I can already think of a million different things to do with this.


  • Yes, where is this bag from?? I thought the DIY was going to be to make the bag as well and was so pumped.

  • OMG that’s such a cool DIY!!! The bag is amazing now.
    I loved!

    xo, Deborah

  • Great idea! I want Dolly Parton bag, just makes me sing Jolene

  • This is adorable. My little girl is signed up for Dolly’s Imagination Library Program here in TN and she loves Dolly. She calls her Dolly Partner. I may have to do this for a library bag.

  • Very cute! But I am really in love with your nail polish color! Can you tell me what it is? 😀

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