I Shop the Hob Hunger Games Bag Tutorial

Are you guys checking in with all the amazing links in the Hunger Games link party? Well I have been like every couple of hours it is so fun to see all of your creations. Also have you had a chance to enter the awesome paper doll giveaway, they are so cute that I plan on framing mine!

In preparation for all the wonderful book suggestions we’ll be getting from the amazing book bloggers that are joining us for this blog party I wanted to share a tutorial for making a fun bag possibly to hold all the titles you’ll be itching to pick up. A few weeks ago my friends got together and made these adorable bags, they each made slightly different ones and I love them all. You can use store bought bags in fun colors like Linda‘s blue and white one, or mix color and glitter ones like Tanya and Alexis’ gold and black ones, or make your own bags from old T shirts and use bleach like Heidi did.

What You Need

This will show you how to make the black and gold basic one like my sister made but you should easily be able to tweak it to fit your own taste.
  • bag
  • iron

For the I Shop the Hob Side

  • freezer paper (it’s like wax paper but only coated on one side)
  • fabric paint (I like the stuff tulip makes)
  • brush (I like the foam ones)

For the Mockingjay Side (see picture below)

  • Ultrahold Iron on Bond
  • Background fabric (optional -black in the picture)
  • Mockingjay fabric (gold in the picture)
 For the I Shop the Hob Freezer Paper Stenciling 
If this goes a little fast for you check out my original freezer paper stenciling tutorial with more pictures back when I was making Harry Potter shirts ;)
  1. Make yourself a stencil design and cut it out of freezer paper. You can do this with a cutting machine like a cricut or with a steady hand and a razor blade. Make sure the shinny side is down.
  2. Iron your stencil onto your bag.
  3. Insert a piece of freezer paper shinny side up inside your bag to protect the paint from seeping through. Apply your paint and let dry. I find it’s better to blot rather than brush.
  4. If you want to add a glitter layer do that and allow to dry.
  5. Carefully pull off stencil.

For the Mockingjay Iron-on 

I’ve talked about making iron-ons here and here so I’ll keep to the key points today but if you’re feeling a little lost you might want to review those post.

  1. First make your mockingjay template you can get the image I used here. I use my cricut and a program called sure cuts a lot but you can also just traced the design onto your Ultra bond. You need to decide how big your image is going to be.
  2. Make your gold iron on fabric the appropriate size (for me that was 6×12 since that’s the size that I can run through my cricut. Do this by ironing the gold fabric to the bumpy side of the Ultra bond. (It’s best do turn the iron down to medium and put another fabric in between because that shinny gold stuff is delicate and likes to melt on to irons, not that I’ve done that or anything ;)
  3. Cut your mockingjay (either by tracing and using scissors or a razor blade) or using a cutting machine.
  4. Next make your black iron on fabric the same way you did the gold.
  5. Then using your gold mockingjay as a stencil trace the inner circle onto the black fabric (or the paper side of the black (now iron-on) fabric) and cut a little larger than your circle.
  6. Peel the paper off of your iron-ons and arrange on your bag.
  7. Iron down.
  8. Fill your bag with books, groosling or dead rabbits, okay maybe just books or groceries.

And maybe while I was helping them put together these bags I had to make my own sassy ode to Katniss shirt using the same freezer paper technique after receiving this mind numbing meme in my email inbox.

I’m so loving this Hunger Games blog party all the projects, guest and giveaways, so much fun. If you’re just finding this post be sure to check out all the others fun posts in my “book geekery” category.

UPDATE: I am now selling I Shop the Hob Bags in my Etsy shop for those of who aren’t craft or don’t have the time to make your own!


  1. Oh my God, that is the BEST t-shirt I have ever seen! I can’t wait for the movie to come out, I loved the series. You have some great stuff here, very cool :)

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  3. The shirt came out so great! I may need to make one next craft day because I love it so much. Can I copy you, please?

  4. :) So creative!!! Really how do you think of these things?! That shirt rocks by the way!!!

  5. Bags=Awesome. Shirt=Awesomer.

    Genius. I want them both.

  6. You rock! :)

  7. It’s just too good! thanks for linking up to Make it MOnday! Loved it so much I had to share on FB and twitter! ;)

  8. Great ideas!I’m featuring u on facebook today 2!

  9. What a great project! I loved that series – looking forward to the movie. If you would, consider sharing with my readers at http://sassafrassalvation.blogspot.com/2012/03/sasss-sunday-salvation-show-15.html


  10. Love the shirt! Can’t wait to see the movie!

  11. That is one awesome t-shirt! I cannot wait to see the movie!

    Great job on the tut.

  12. Is this book series as amazing as everyone says?

  13. I triple puffy heart LOVE this!!!
    Seriously. I die.

  14. 4you- yes. yes it is :) you should get on the holds list at your local
    library they’re pretty good

  15. Love the shirt. Love the bags. Love the books.

    Thanks for sharing!

  16. So cute and creative!! Thanks for sharing this. I really need read this book! I’m going to start it next week.

    Thanks for linking up to the Take it on Tuesday blog hop!

  17. Love this bag!!! Sharing on my facebook page!

  18. I love your idea with the bag stencil. Looks like an idea people can adapt to any design they would like. I’ve never seen the gold you used on the decal. I’ll have to keep an eye out on that. Thanks for linking to the Your Cozy Home Party Marissa!

  19. Great idea!!! BTW – love the Tshirt you were wearing in pic – LOL.

    Love for you to share it at my Linky Party :) –

  20. I love this! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday! I hope you’ll stop back soon :)

  21. Thank you so much for sharing! My girls and are really excited about the movie and they were planning on making their own shirts. This will help. Thanks!

  22. I just started reading The Hunger Games, so yeah I’m a bit behind the times, but now that I am into the first book, I’m obsessed…your shirt made me laugh! I love it!! Super cute!

    Katie @ Little Becky Homecky

  23. i am obsessed with the hunger games. i love this!

  24. So awesome!!! I can’t wait for next week, and this would be great to take.
    Thanks for linking it up at Pomp Party this week.

    Amanda Joy
    Joy in the Jumble

  25. Hands down best fan shirt I have seen <3

  26. I love all the awesome stuff you made! I just read the series this past week and I am totally obsessed! I wish there were more books!!!

  27. WOW!!! ALL you Hunger Games stuff is awesome! Love it! I just made some Squirrel Cupcakes in honor of Katniss’ Kills :)

  28. Love your Hunger Games stuff and your tutorial is really easy to follow. Thanks for sharing at our party this week.

  29. LOVE LOVE LOVE this tutorial and all your stuff! we are featuring this today and welcome back to the party, Marisa!


  30. Thank you so much for linking up all your projects about The Hunger Games. I just started reading the book so not sure what all the terminology means but looking forward to finding out what this is all about..I hope you’ll stop over again this weekend and link up mor fun projects. Wishing you a wonderful Sunday!

  31. I am so sad there won’t be any more Hunger Games posts for a while!
    I posted about you tonight over at
    School House Scraps!
    Check it out and THANK YOU for your inspiration!

  32. I’m so glad you guys like my geeky escapades!

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