I do NOT sew for other people. Not fun. Sometimes, though, you just can’t avoid it. There are going to be those inevitable moments when you have to be a pal, suck it up, and do a favor… When my sister in-law asked me to spruce up my niece’s backpack, though, I happily acquiesced!!! How could I possibly say “no” to the cutest 4 year-old there ever was? 🙂
A few years ago, I spruced up Rylee’s sister’s preschool backpack as well.
As you can see, Kalli’s backpack already had her school insignia on it. Her mother provided me with the Snow White patch. All I had to do was embroider Kalli’s name somewhere, stitch down the princess patch, and call it a day. It was a really simple “spruce job.”
Rylee’s backpack is more of a blank canvas and I was drawing a blank on what to do. If I just embroidered her name on the body of the bag, that wouldn’t take up that much space and would be kind of boring… I thought about adding another embroidery design to it but, truth be told, I just really don’t like to embroider…
Rylee likes anything that’s pink. As a starting point, I decided to look through my stash of fabric for cutesy pink scraps… maybe that would help me figure out what to do.
I decided that I would just applique her name in big bold letters onto her backpack, using this fabric.
I had to make some templates first
I did this for each letter of her name and cut them out.
Using a wash away fabric marker, I traced the letter templates onto the pink fabrics.
Then, I ironed the fabric letters onto some white fleece-y like stabilizer so they would adhere to the backpack more securely when I was appliqueing them. Applique is basically just a fancy word for patch 🙂 I’m “patching” the letters onto the backpack with a zig zag stitch.
First, though, I had to take out one of the side seams of the backpack to give me more room to work with…
I pinned the letters down. I put a right edge foot on my sewing machine and selected a zig zag stitch. There are specific “applique” stitches on most machines. I honestly just like the look of a satin zig zag better.
When I was finished with each letter, I decided to “write” my name inside the backpack. Rylee would always know that this was a gift from Aunt “Loy-wah”
I must say, I really like how it turned out!
Close up of the Applique
Mom and Dad liked the finished product. More importantly, Rylee LOVED it! 🙂
An afternoon well spent, indeed 🙂