I got this plain backpack on clearance for $6. I wanted to personalize it for him, so I found some images from picnik that I liked and printed them off.
I created a freezer paper stencil for each of the images, ironed them down, and then painted them using Tulip slick paints and Tulip soft paints. If you haven’t tried freezer paper stenciling yet, you must. It’s really fun.
After removing the stencil I sewed each square onto the back pack with embroidery floss. (Here’s a tip. Since the patches shift a bit while trying to sew them down you can put a little bit of Aleene’s Fabric Fusion under each one to lock it down where you want it and then sew them on.)
Now I hate to discard the inside of the stencil after I’ve taken the time to cut out the image. So, I ironed down the leftover stencils to a scrap piece of fabric.
Then I used the Tulip fabric spray paint to spray the whole piece. Make sure to wait until it’s completely dry to remove the stencil. (This is important since the wet fabric will leak into the stenciled area if you remove the stencil too soon.)
While haven’t used this part yet I think they will make really cute patches to sew on other items.
My sister gave it the extra touch by stitching on his name.