It’s time for school to start again, which means shopping for school supplies. But your kids don’t want plain, straight-from-the-store supplies, right? That means it’s time to get crafty and start personalizing. Here’s how to personalize a plain backpack and turn it into a cool Batman backpack.
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My son LOVES Batman, so choosing a backpack for this school year was a no-brainer. Typically, I hop on over to Pottery Barn and order one of their personalized backpacks because they are AMAZING. The quality is exceptional and they always have a great selection of boy backpacks to choose from.
But this year was a mommy fail because I waited too long to order and by the time I got around to placing my order, all the cool superhero backpacks were on backorder until September.
First, I searched Google to find a Batman symbol. I found this one from Deviant Art that would work perfectly.
I pulled it into Silhouette Studio and used the trace tool to trace the symbol to personalize a plain backpack. I used the low-pass filter to trace the symbol, then deleted the original file from my mat so I can see my cut lines more clearly.
I like adding color to my designs so I can see the picture more clearly. This time, I’ll be using yellow heat transfer vinyl, so I added yellow to the design. I also added a few yellow lines and Noah’s name to personalize the design a little more.
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This is the most important part of cutting heat transfer vinyl — flipping your design! I forget to do this so often and it ruins a perfectly good piece of vinyl. All you need to do is select all of the pieces of your design, then select “flip horizontally” from the object menu.
When the design is flipped, it should look like the picture above. Once we start ironing this onto your backpack, you’ll see why this step is so important.
Now, we’re ready to cut. There are two important parts to this phase of the process. First, choose your cut settings. While I typically don’t use the preset settings in Silhouette Studio to cut anything, the preset heat transfer vinyl (smooth) setting works great every time for me, so that’s what I use.
Next, you must make sure to place your heat transfer vinyl on the cutting mat correctly. Place your vinyl on the mat with the shiny side facing DOWN. This shiny plastic part will serve as your contact paper when attaching the vinyl to the backpack.
After you have cut your design, it’s time to weed out the unwanted pieces. I use a sewing needle to pull out the extra pieces. Once you have it ready to iron, place it on the spot on the backpack where you want it to stick. It probably won’t stick (unless your backpack is cotton), so just hold it in place until you get your iron set.
Place a towel on top of the design to keep your iron from melting the plastic, then slowly move the iron across the entire area. It won’t take long to get the vinyl to stick to the material — just a couple minutes of pressure on the area.
I had issues getting the vinyl to stick to the rough backpack material. It helped to add something hard directly behind where you’re ironing. I used my small wood cutting board.
Once you have your design ironed on, let it set a few minutes to cool before loading up your school supplies! And that’s how you personalize a plain backpack using vinyl.
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