|Here's mine - DON'T LAUGH!|
1. Pellon thoughtfully TAPES the roll of vinyl closed in the box. That allowed me to rip a hole in it when trying to remove the tape. Thanks, Pellon, for not using - oh - say - an elastic that wouldn't LEAVE HOLES! Lesson learned - either spend 25 minutes carefully removing a small slice of invisible to the eye clear tape from clear vinyl, or expect to lose several inches of vinyl.
3. Don't trim down your "good" piece (whatever it is you're covering) before vinyling it. It's easier to rough cut the outside and the vinyl and then after ironing, trim down to size. Cut the vinyl about an inch bigger than the piece you're covering (i.e. 7x9 outer fabric, 8x10 vinyl, trim to 6.5 X 8.5 after vinyl is applied). Yes, this creates a bit of waste, but it makes life easier not to have to finagle.
4. The vinyl is actually very easy to handle after you remove the paper backing - I had been worried it would be difficult to use, but it wasn't.
7. Don't use a piece of the backing paper to cover your ironing board to protect it from the vinyl - it'll stick to the project and will NEVER COME OFF. Ask me how I learned THAT as well!! :D
The hardest part of this project was turning the bag right sides out after all the seams were stitched - that just about made me crazy! Persevere, and all will come out in the end. It'll be a bit rumpled, but it'll work :) Make sure you poke out the sides/corners as best you can, before stitching the opening in the lining closed. You'd think I would know that, but no, I had to rip out a few inches to do the last poking *insert wry grimace here* :D
Do a trial run and learn how the product works - it's really not that difficult to work with (despite my many faux pas') and done properly, should give you a cute project. I don't think the outside can look crisp and 100% perfect, but it'll still be cute.
I need to find some pretty candy wrappers now - do you think my kids would mind helping with that? LOL!