How to Jazz Up Your Bookbag for School
1 Shop for cute appliques at a craft store or fabric outlet. Fabric patches, rhinestones, embroidery letters, and other small embellishments that can be ironed or sewn onto fabric are all examples of appliques. 2 Fabric patches can be ordered online or found in some record
Shop for cute appliques at a craft store or fabric outlet. Fabric patches, rhinestones, embroidery letters, and other small embellishments that can be ironed or sewn onto fabric are all examples of appliques.
Fabric patches can be ordered online or found in some record stores. A person's schoolbag can be a great outlet for self-expression when customized with fabric patches. You could sew on patches representing the groups you like or the places you've visited. You can iron on patches or use fabric glue if you don't know how to sew.
Sew on buttons or iron on patches Fabric craft glue or an iron can be used to secure many patches to fabric. Even though these alternatives aren't as safe as sewing, they save a lot of time and effort. A thin cloth can be used to hide the patch after it has been sewn onto the bag.
- Turn on the iron and set it to low to medium heat with the "dry" setting (not steam). For 30 to 40 seconds, gently press down on the patch with the iron in an up-and-down motion (rather than back-and-forth). Be sure to apply consistent, firm pressure. In order to secure the patch, you should iron the reverse side of the backpack for 20 to 30 seconds.
- Check the integrity of the patch by running your finger along its edges after it has cooled. If ironing is required again, repeat the process.
Fuse together pieces of cloth or sew on embroidered emblems It's more common for ironed-on or glued-on patches to come off in the wash than sewn ones, but patches are usually the most secure when they're sewn on.
- Apply the patch where you'd like it to go. Stick in place with a straight pin or safety pin.
- Instead of sewing the patch in place, you can secure it by applying a thin, even coat of fabric craft glue to the back of the patch using a paintbrush. Smooth out the edges and apply the patch where needed. Please wait an hour before sewing.
- When the patch is in place, tighten the stitch length on the sewing machine and go around the entire edge. If you want a strong, tight stitch, a multi-stitch zig zag setting is your best bet.
Quilting, mending, and embroidery are all examples of hand sewing. Putting on patches by hand is an option if you don't have a sewing machine or know how to use one. You can do it with just a needle, thread, and a straight pin or some fabric glue. Although this method may take a little longer and result in less uniform stitches, it is just as efficient. Put the patch where you want it, just like you would with a sewing machine, using straight pins or, for extra security, fabric glue.
- Make sure the length of the thread you use is no more than 18 inches (45 7 cm) Wrap thread around a needle and tie a knot in one end. Put the needle through the base fabric and the patch at the same time. Doing so will keep the thread ends from showing through the patch. The patch's edge will be caught by the needle when you thread it back through the patch and the base fabric. To make sure your stitches are evenly spaced, thread your needle and pull it through the fabric again.
- Sew around the edges until the entire patch is in place. If the thread gets tangled, rethread the needle.
- Finally, tie a knot in the thread and withdraw the needle from the patch and the fabric. To attach a patch, snip the thread ends and tuck them under the patch.
Bead or sequin your backpack for class. Beadwork is a fun way to customize your backpack with monograms, glittery floral patterns, or even abstract designs.  Beading requires a smaller number of stitches than thread or wool embroidery, and almost any embroidery stitch can be used to attach beads.
- An embroidery hoop is useful for some forms of hand beadwork because it helps to keep the fabric taut and thus the beads from shifting while you work. Because of this, you can see exactly where the beads need to go.
- The proper equipment makes sewing beads onto fabric a breeze. The needle must be skinny enough to fit the bead. Needles for beading may need to be thinner or specialized for use with some smaller beads.
- Use chalk to draw a pattern or letters, or find a beadwork pattern online or at a craft store to get started.
- Select a beading needle in a size (10–15) appropriate for the size of your beads (beading needles are thinner and have smaller eyes than standard sewing needles).  Put your string through the needle and secure one end with a knot. 
- Insert needle and force it through the fabric. Place bead atop needle and lower thread until it reaches the surface of the fabric. Pull needle through fabric again, this time alongside the bead rather than through its center. For added security, do this process three or four times before moving on to the next bead. 
- When you're done or if you need to rethread, secure your thread inside your backpack by tying several knots and tucking them under one another. To avoid the ends fraying and to conceal the knots, do this. 
Shine it up with some crystals or rhinestones. Get some fabric craft glue and flat back plastic rhinestones or crystals from a craft shop. If you want to avoid running out of rhinestones, it's best to draw out your design beforehand. Make a sunburst or star pattern with rhinestones using this as a guide (instead of glue). 
- Make a pattern on your backpack using chalk. If you mess up, simply use water to remove it.
- Apply the glue to the rhinestones one by one. To pick up rhinestones, tweezers can be used if needed. Put a dab of glue on the stone's base with a toothpick, and press it down onto the fabric. Wait 24 hours after gluing the stones in place. In spite of the fact that the glue should be stable after just an hour, full drying takes 24 hours. 
- Any loose stones can be re-affixed with a bit of glue.
Use studs to make a statement. Studs are easily attached to most backpacks, even leather ones, and come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, from flat squares to spikes. A pair of small pliers, an exacto knife, and some studs from a craft store are all you need to get started. Find the spots where you want to install the studs. Create two tiny holes with the exacto knife. Put the stud through the holes, then secure it by bending the two prongs down with the pliers. 
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