A backpack for Rylee :)

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? ๐Ÿ™‚

Boring, standard-issue Preschool “backpack”

A few years ago, I spruced up Rylee’s sister’s preschool backpack as well.

Big sis’s first day of school in 2010.

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.

This was the kid-friendliest pink I found

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 am so not a sketch artistย 

I did this for each letter of her name and cut them out.

This should be big enough to make a statement

Using a wash away fabric marker, I traced the letter templates onto the pink fabrics.

Lookin’ good! ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m “patching” the letters onto the backpack ย 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…

Don’t worry… I’ll stitch you back up when I’m done ๐Ÿ™‚

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.

See how the pink fabric is in the “edge” of the foot? This ensures the zig zag will stitch right over that raw edge.

When I was finished with each letter, I decided to “write” my name inside the backpack. ย 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

On one of the letters I did use a true applique stitch, just to keep it interesting

Mom and Dad liked the finished product. More importantly, Rylee LOVED it! ๐Ÿ™‚

Would YOU be able to resist that face? I think not! ๐Ÿ™‚

An afternoon well spent, indeed ๐Ÿ™‚

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