Rock ‘N Roller Backpack

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Rock ‘N Roller Backpack
Ages school-age

If you want to rock and roll with creativity, join the fan club for this sweet backpack project. There’s an opening act of studded denim, and two encores that are some hip zipper pulls. So it’s time to rebel – against boring backpacks.

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What you'll need

  • Backpack
  • Pieces of denim (the more distressed, the better)
  • Pyramid studs
  • Pliers
  • White and red fabric paint markers
  • Alphabet stencils
  • Fabric glue
  • Craft foam sheet scrap
  • Guitar ornament

How to make it

  1. Cut up some denim so you have two pieces that will wrap around the sides of the backpack. The easiest thing to do is find an old pair of jeans that you never wear anymore and give it new life as a backpack covering. If there’s fraying at the seams, that’s even better for that rock and roll attitude.

  2. Insert pyramid studs along the denim strips. The studs have handy prongs that poke through the jeans easily. Then use a pair of pliers to bend the prongs, so the studs stay on the jeans nice and securely.

  3. Glue the denim strips to the sides of the backpack with fabric glue. You may want to glue one side first and let it dry before gluing the other side.

  4. Cut a small strip of denim that will cover the top part of the backpack pocket and embellish with some more pyramid studs. Glue this small strip on the pocket with fabric glue.

  5. Write “I (Heart) Rock & Roll” with a white fabric marker for the letters, and a red fabric marker for the heart. Be sure to use fabric markers that are made for dark fabrics. You can write the letters freehand, but using some alphabet stencils will make it a lot easier for you.

  6. Cut a peace sign from a scrap of craft foam sheet for a groovy zipper pull.

  7. A guitar ornament makes another rockin’ zipper pull.

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