Monday, August 8, 2022

Book Bag Patch Tutorial


Project Run and Play Back to School Series

If you are sending your kids back to school the teachers often request a few items to help stock the classroom. They always need tissues and Clorox wipes!!! So why not whip up a quick Book Bag to send them in!?!?

Project Run and Play Book Bag

School Supplies Tote Bag

Send classroom supplies in a DIY school tote bag!

This was actually my very first time using Cricut Iron On and I only had dark fabric, so I decided to test the waters with a patch on the front of the bag. The frayed edge patches are very trendy lately and I love how it turned out! I actually got a little carried away and made three of them!

Back to School Book Bags from Project Run and Play

One Smart Cookie Iron on Vinyl svg

School Rules Tote Bag

Book Bag Patch Tutorial

Cut a piece of light colored canvas or other heavyweight fabric to the desired size. I started with an 8" x 10" rectangle. You can decorate it with an iron on digital design or create a unique background.

Project Run and Play Book Bag Patch Tutorial

For the stitched lined paper patch:

Sew a horizontal light blue line of stitching one inch from the top edge of the fabric.

How to sew lined paper

Stitch another blue line 3/8" from the first line.

Sew blue lines on white fabric to create a paper design

Repeat until you get to the bottom of the fabric. The fabric may shift, so square up the edges and trim the loose threads with a rotary cutter as needed.

Trim the edges of the book bag patch

Stitch blue lines on white fabric to make faux paper

Sew a vertical line of red stitching one inch from the left edge of the fabric.

How to make lined paper fabric

Add iron on vinyl to the patch.

Cricut Everyday Iron On Vinyl

School Themed Iron On

To attach the patch to the bag:

Apply washable glue stick to the back of the patch and center it on the front of the bag, pressing and smoothing it in place. 

Use a washable glue stick to hold fabric for stitching

Use a glue stick to hold fabric for sewing

Project Run and Play Book Bag patch tutorial

Stitch 1/8" from the edge around the patch, pivoting at the corners. 

How to stitch patches onto bags

Stitch around the patch again 1/8" from the first line of stitching towards the inside.

Project Run and Play frayed edge patch tutorial

Pull out the loose threads on the edges to create a frayed effect.

How to fray the edges of a fabric patch

Trendy frayed edge patch

Use Project Run and Play digital files to make a cute tote bag

Sew the Book Bag as per the pattern instructions.

Is it time for RECESS yet? Tote Bag

I think they turned out really cute! You can get the Back to School Digital Designs in the shop and there are plenty of different elements to create tons of cute, original bags!

Project Run and Play Back to School Digital Designs

Don't forget to get your free printable first day of school posters from the shop, too!

Free printable 1st day of school signs

In case you missed it, last week we also had a tutorial round-up for different ways to use digital designs in your children's sewing projects! Click HERE to learn more!

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Friday, August 5, 2022

Learn New Ways to Use Digital Designs

There are lots of different ways to use the files and Project Run and Play hosted a series on using digital files back in 2020.

 Digital designs are not just for cutting machines! 

Printable Iron On transfer sheets are a super easy way to add graphics to fabrics.

Iron On Transfer bag

Infusible ink or fabric markers are another good option.

Infusible Ink Tutorial

Of course, if you have a cutting machine, you can make your own screen prints!

Cutting Machine Screen Print Tutorial

For all the Cricut goodies see how to use the Cricut Maker, Bright Pad, Easy Press, and Iron On vinyl!

Cricut Maker Iron On Tutorial

You can use them for reverse applique and embroidery!

Dream On embroidered pillow

You can even hand cut the digital designs.

Hand Cut Stencils from Digital Designs

Have you ever tried freezer paper stencils?

Freezer Paper Stencils Tutorial

Of course you can get our new Back to School digital designs in the Project Run and Play shop!

Project Run and Play Back to School Digital Designs

While you are shopping don't forget to pick up the free First Day of School posters!

Stay tuned because next week we have ANOTHER tutorial for using digital designs!

How to Use Digital Files

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Back to School Digital Designs


To kick off our Back to School series at Project Run and Play, we have some new school themed digital designs!

Our latest digital design package features lots of options for creating your own custom pieces. You can mix and match the different elements to make it your own. There are lined paper and grid paper backgrounds, cute sayings, and lots of school themed clip art style .svg and .jpg files. 

Back to School Digital Files

One Smart Cookie Digital Files

School Rules Digital File

Is it time for RECESS yet? digital file

There are so many mix and match options for these designs and we will be showing you different ways to use them over the next few days.

Since you survived the long months of summer vacation we also have a freebie for you! Print out these first day of school posters for those obligatory smiling pictures when the kids head back to class!

First Day of School Signs

These are available in a pdf (just print the pages that you need!) and jpeg formats. We even included a little homeschool joke for those kids who aren't sure what grade they are in!

First Day of ? Poster

You can get these digital designs and more in the Project Run and Play shop!

Back to School Digital Designs

First Day of School Posters

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Project Run and Play Free Back to School Posters