I am presently using iron-on transfers that have been printed on my color inkjet printer.
These transfers are ironed on to felt pouches.
Any ideas on something laserable that would work?
Rowmark says their Laserlights would work except the adhesive is not manufactured to adhere to soft goods.
If you search for “iron on” you might find even more (you actually should have seen this one? IDK, discourse searching can be weird), but this one is nice and recent and seems to cover you. Post pics of what you make
(I did throw some leather glue on the back of this as well.) Something small like your bags, that may not get a lot of handling over time, maybe the glue would be enough. This is on a canvas bag used to hold ‘flow toys.’ (flower stix and leviwands)
I have a cricut, and the skills I learned cutting on it were what let me hit the ground running with the Glowforge. The workflow is almost identical, Inkscape for vectors, upload to a server, final alignment and settings, and go.
It’s perfect for cutting “vinyl” (sometimes polyurethane) and has only a couple of advantages/disadvantages compared to a glowforge for this application. You can get them used for dirt cheap (ebay cricut explore, ~$100USD), even new (check out the ‘cricut maker’, $375 ish) they’re pretty reasonable.
You could make HTV transfers easily on a Cricut type machine but weeding all those tiny letters, for every bag… that would get old really fast. Trust me, I do that kind of stuff, and I would not want to sign myself up for more than a few of those transfers.
Something that the laser can do almost completely, which you then attach to the bag, would be much more pleasant. Maybe you can use that leather stuff to make a tag, and hang the tag off the drawstring?
Or, if you want to do a transfer onto the bag, maybe there is a place that will sell you 100 ready-to-go-transfers.
if the material is safe to laser, it could still be worth trying some tests. Comparing a hot-iron to a laser is maybe like comparing a Butcher’s cleaver to a scalpel… both go through flesh quickly, but one is a little more precise than the other, and maybe more suited to detail work!
Granted, it might still just end up as a melty, crackly, stiff mess.