4 Ways to Embellish Back to School: Backpack

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When going back to school, it’s always good to make a great first impression. This DIY will show you how to turn heads and wow your future friends with a bag that’s embellished to the brim!

What You’ll Need:


25mm Stripe Grosgrain Ribbon

Small Fur Pompoms

3” Imported Chainette Tassel

23mm Imported Floral Jacquard

9mm Rose Satin Jacquard

18mm Imported Floral Jacquard

15mm Mini Pom Pom Loop Fringe

1 3/4” Pom Pom Fringe

70mm Floral Jacquard



 DSC_02901. Add pompom trim to the edges of your bag

DSC_0287 2. Tie tassels to the pull straps of the bag.

DSC_03123. Glue lengths of various jacquard along the top and sides of the bag.

DSC_0328 4. Tie the pom pom to the top of the loop on the backpack.

DSC_0361Need more inspiration for your back-to-school gear? Check out our 4 Ways Back to School Shop!

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Mission Statement – A Healthy Impression

My goal is to leave a healthy impression on my future students.  To be present in their lives today, but all the while planting seeds for their adult lives.  I don’t remember all that I learned in high school, I don’t remenber all of my teachers words.  But, I do remember how the good teachers made me feel, then and now.  I remember their presence & what they represented.  The good ones, the ones who really cared, left an impression on me.  Like a thumbprint on my teenaged brain.  Their prints (impressions) are still there – all these many years later.

I understand that most teenagers are going to listen to some of what I have to say, I am not naive enough to think they will be hanging on my every word.

My hope is to make my own thumbprint on new teenaged lives. To teach them to feel good about themselves, to teach self-care & self respect.  How to care for themselves & for others.

I can only hope to be a happy part of their busy lives today, while planting hopeful seeds for their beautiful futures.

FACS is the only subject that I am aware of that teaches kids to care for themselves & others.  What a priviledge to have the job of a hip home ec teacher!

What Students Really Need to Hear

Perfectly said


It’s 4 a.m.  I’ve struggled for the last hour to go to sleep.  But, I can’t.  Yet again, I am tossing and turning, unable to shut down my brain.  Why?  Because I am stressed about my students.  Really stressed.  I’m so stressed that I can only think to write down what I really want to say — the real truth I’ve been needing to say — and vow to myself that I will let my students hear what I really think tomorrow.

This is what students really need to hear:

First, you need to know right now that I care about you. In fact, I care about you more than you may care about yourself.  And I care not just about your grades or your test scores, but about you as a person. And, because I care, I need to be honest with you. Do I have permission to be…

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Instagram Photos into an iPad Case!!

Turn Your Instagram Photos Into an iPad Case

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Photo by Alex Craig


Story by Spoonflower

Published on Mar 04, 2014 in Make


Darci Moyers is part of the Spoonflower team, a website out of Durham, North Carolina, where you can design, print, and sell your own textiles and papers. She loves working with creative folk and supporting a global community of makers and independent designers. Find her on Instagram sharing DIY endeavors, traveling and discovering rural North Carolina on the back of a sweet motorcycle.

We all love taking photos, but getting them off the phone and into the world can be tricky. This project offers an ingenious solution. Collect your favorite Instagram images and turn them into a one-of-a-kind fabric using Spoonflower (you can also get your images on wallpaper or gift wrap — projects for another day). With a few simple steps, your custom photo fabric will become a unique tablet case that flaunts your favorite shots.

You will need:
A computer and your Instagram feed
1 Fat quarter of custom-printed Spoonflower linen-cotton canvas
Flannel or cotton batting for lining*
A sewing machine
Snap closure
Thread + needle

*amount to be determined by your device measurements

Design Your Fabric

To turn your Instagram photos into a fabric design on Spoonflower, you’ll need to export and collage your photos using Instaport and PicMonkey (both are free).

Step 1: Export Your photos From Instagram


Visit Instaport to download all (or selected photos) from your Instagram feed. (We used photos from Etsy’s Instagram feed to create the custom fabric in this tutorial. Follow along here!)

Alternately, you can capture screenshots of your photos by visiting your Instagram feed in your browser.

Step 2: Collage your photos


On the PicMonkey site, open the collage tool, and import the photos you’d like to use for your fabric design. We used the 5 x 5 “Square Deal” grid layout.


Save the collage to your computer.

Step 3: Upload Your file to Spoonflower


Upload your file to the Spoonflower site by selecting “custom fabric” under the Create menu.


Once you’ve uploaded your file, choose the linen-cotton canvas fabric option, in the fat quarter size, and add it to your shopping cart. A fat quarter of Spoonflower’s linen-cotton canvas (27” x 18”) is large enough to create a sleeve for an iPad or e-reader. It’s even enough fabric to make a sleeve for a small laptop!

Sew Your Sleeve

Wait a few days for the Spoonflower team to print your custom photo fabric and ship it to you from Durham, North Carolina. Once you receive your fabric, it’s time to sew!


Step 1: Measure + Cut Your Fabric

Measure your iPad or other electronic device, and add 2 inches to the length (for the longest side of your iPad, the side where your photos will be upright), and 1 inch to the width.


With your photos facing upright, fold your photo fabric in half, selvedge to selvedge, and cut your folded fabric to size (2 inches taller than your iPad, and 1 inch wider).


Fold your flannel or batting in half, and cut your folded fabric to the same size (2 inches taller than your iPad and 1 inch wider). You’ll end up with one piece of photo fabric and one piece of flannel that is two times larger (plus a little extra for seams) than your iPad when you open the fabric pieces.

Step 2: Sew Your Seams


Unfold your fabric and flannel, and place your photo fabric on top of the flannel with the photos facing down. Pin the pieces together at the top edge of your photo fabric.


Sew a ¼” seam along the top.


Open your sewn seam and iron it flat.


Fold your fabric lengthwise, right sides together to create a long tube (your photo fabric should be facing inside). Sew a ¼” seam along the side (you’ll be looking at the wrong side of your fabric). Iron the seam flat.


Now you’ll sew the bottom seams of your exterior photo fabric and the lining to close the bottom of your sleeve. Sew a ¼” seam along the edge of your photo fabric. Then, sew a ¼” seam along on the edge of your flannel, leaving a 3″ opening in the center. Place two pins right next to each other on each side of your 3″ gap to make sure you don’t sew over the opening.

Step 3: Turn Your Sleeve


Turn your tube inside out through the opening.


Use the end of a wooden spoon or a knitting needle to push out the corner seams of the photo fabric.

Step 4: Finish Your Lining


Tuck in the raw edges around your opening, then sew a seam very close to the edge to close the opening (or hand stitch it closed).


Top stitch a ¼’ seam around the edge of your flannel lining. This will help the lining lay flat inside your sleeve.


To finish, fold your flannel lining inside your photo fabric and iron your nearly completed sleeve.

Step 5: Sew on a Snap Closure


Mark the middle of your sleeve, and hand stitch each side of your snap closure about ¼” from the top edge of your sleeve.



Slide in your iPad, Kindle or e-gadget of choice, snap it shut, and admire your handiwork.

All photographs by Alex Craig

Infinity Scarf Tutorial – Via SpoonFlower

FEBRUARY 18, 2014


Have you heard about our new Modern Jersey? Our guest author, Emma Jeffery, stops by the blog to share her first sewing project with the soft and stretchy new jersey, a simple to sew infinity scarf. 



For this scarf, you’ll need two yards of Spoonflower’s new modern jersey. You can make two scarves with this yardage, but note that you cannot make one scarf out of one yard. You need to make full use of the length that two yards gives you, to make a scarf. You’ll also need to work on a large table or even a hard floor so that you’re able to fully lay the fabric out. You don’t want the fabric to hang over the edges of a small, narrow work surface, as the weight of the overhanging fabric could pull the rest of the fabric down and you won’t be able to cut straight lines. 

Lay your two yards of jersey on your work surface folded in half with the wrong sides facing (I used Linen diamonds by Mrshervi). The fold will be along the imaginary 1 yard line, so you have one yard of fabric laying on top of the other. 

folded jersey

Find the halfway mark perpendicular to the fold you just created and cut the fabric in half. If you have a patterned print like I do, it’s best to cut one layer of fabric at a time, following the pattern for a straight line.

cutting jersey

You will now have two separate cuts of fabric each measuring 72” x 18” and each can be sewn into a scarf. One for you and one for a friend!

two cuts of jersey

Next, trim the excess white fabric at the edges of the print. I recommend saving these for future sewing projects; they are great for sewing sleeve cuffs or neckbands on tops and tees.

trim excess

Take your fabric and fold in half lengthwise with right sides together. Pin the two long raw edges together and sew down the entire length to create a long tube open at both ends. Keep the tube inside out with right sides together.




Now, bring one short end up towards the other by rolling the right sides of the fabric against itself. It’s probably easiest to reach down into the tube, grab the bottom edge with your hand, and pull that end back up through the tube and match up the two raw edges. Pin the two edges together around the circle, matching up the seam.

Bring Short Ends Together


When pinning, leave a 4” hole that will remain unsewn. To remind myself not to sew over the hole, I place my pins in an X shape either side of the hole I want to leave, and start/stop sewing at those marks. Sew.

leave 4" hole


You’re almost finished. Turn the scarf right sides out through the 4” hole you left. You’ll be able to pull the entire thing through the hole.

Turn Scarf to Right Side



Machine stitch (or hand stitch for a neater finish) the hole closed.

Hand stitch closed


You’re done! Your scarf can be worn loose by looping twice around the neck, or more snugly by wrapping three times around. Enjoy!

About Our Guest Blogger

Emma Jeffery, Spoonflower guest blogger

Hi! I’m Emma, and as well as working on the Fiskars Design Team, I blog over at hellobeautifulblog.blogspot.com/ 

I’m an obsessive sewer, often leaping into projects with more enthusiasm than talent, more bravado than skill and more good luck than anything else. This technique has worked well for me so far and more often than not, I make things I love, even if they’re not absolutely perfect. And though I’m no expert, I have a passion for fabric, color and design. I know what I like and what I like makes me smile.


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