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Embroidered Name Backpack

Write an older student's name in fabric marker, then let her embroider it with a simple backstitch and jazz it up with pom-poms.

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Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 2017


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  • Backpack (Pictured: Baggu canvas backpack, in Shell, $42, Herschel Supply Co. Settlement poly backpack, in Caramel, $59,
  • Fabric marker
  • Embroidery needle
  • Embroidery floss
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Optional: Pom-poms, keychains, or zipper-pull charms


  1. Handwrite name on backpack using a fabric marker.
  2. Place fabric in an embroidery hoop (if the backpack will accommodate it) and be sure it is pulled taut. This will help keep the tension even for stitching.
  3. Embroider name with backstitch: Insert needle from wrong side of fabric, coming out at 1. Insert needle at 2, pull back out at 3, and pull thread tight. Insert needle again at 1, and pull it out past 3 at a distance equal to length of the previous stitches. This is the first step for the next stitch; insert needle into 3, and continue.
  4. Embellish with pom-poms, keychains, or zipper-pull charms, if desired.

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