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Backpack with Iron-on Patches

Kids pick out adhesive patches; Mom finishes the job with the iron. Plus: When you buy this colorful bag, another one full of supplies is donated to a student in need.

personalized backpack with patches

Photography: CHELSEA CAVANAUGH

Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 2017

Introduction

For more ideas, scroll through our entire collection of Back to School Crafts and DIY Backpacks.

materials

  • Backpack (Pictured: State Mini Kane backpack, in Green/Navy, $50, statebags.com)
  • Iron-on patches (Pictured: Broccoli, Tomato, and Rocket Ship patches, from $5 each, statebags.com)
  • Handheld iron
  • Pressing cloth

steps

  1. To prep handheld iron, turn on to the hottest setting (avoid using steam) and work on a table or other hard, heat-resistant surface (not an ironing board, which has too much padding).
  2. Place patches where desired on backpack.
  3. To apply each patch individually, layer pressing cloth between the patch and iron. Press down on patch for 30 seconds, covering with heat evenly.

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