Dragon Treasures Drawstring Backpack

The OESD Dragon Treasures #12509 embroidery collection is a small group of designs with applique and stitch impact.  Metallic thread is used on some of the dragons for their scales. Unique stitch detail allows these dragons to come alive.

I decided to use one of the large appliqued dragons to be showcased on a simple black drawstring backpack so that the design would cover the majority of the space. I used the Tall Dragon Jumbo Applique design with a jumbo hoop. The complete and detailed instructions for making this backpack are included with the Dragon Treasures #12509 embroidery collection. It doesn’t take a lot of supplies, and it is fairly simple. I will share with you some tips to make it even simpler.

First gather your supplies. You will want the OESD embroidery collection Dragon Treasures #12509 which includes instructions with the complete list of supplies. Depending on what type of fabric you decide to use will determine the type of stabilizer. I used a woven fabric that was similar to a backpack type fabric -- not heavy, but nice and sturdy. Therefore, I used two layers of a heavy-weight tear-away. If I was using a stretchy fabric, then I would have used two layers of cut-away.  

The OESD Applique Fuse and Fix is a great product that allows me to iron it to the wrong side of the fabric, peel off the paper backing and stick it to the background fabric. When using the OESD Applique Fuse and Fix I print out a template for the applique, cut it out and then pin or stick with glue stick or temporary spray adhesive to the right side of the fabric. Cut it out and it will be the right direction for using as the applique. Set it aside.

Cut your fabrics and drawstring cord pieces next. It is now time to embroider your design.

• The design used on the drawstring backpack is Tall Dragon Jumbo Applique #12509-02 in a jumbo hoop. 

• To center your design, using the front piece of your fabric, mark center for design. Place double sided fabric tape on the wrong side of the inner jumbo hoop. Using temporary spray adhesive, spray each piece of stabilizer and adhere to each other and to the wrong side of the marked fabric. Using template in inner jumbo hoop, position onto center mark on fabric, and hoop. Place hoop on embroidery machine and find center point.  

• Embroider design using prepared fabric with the OESD Applique Fuse and Fix for applique. Remember when removing tear away stabilizer to tear “away” from the stitches. You will have better results as the stitches won’t be distorted.

Stitching together your backpack tips:

• The first few bullet points on the detailed instructions that come with collection tell you to start and stop stitching ½” from the end. If you stitch all the way to the tops and ends, then the fabric doesn’t lay like it should. If you don’t stitch far enough then you could have holes. Be sure you are fairly accurate here.


• When adding the grommets to the top center sides, there is only one piece of fabric that the grommets will go through. On the bottom back corner, there are two pieces of fabric the grommets will go through. Be sure the bottom of the backpack is out of the way.   


• In order for your drawstring to work correctly, make sure you have put the drawstring cord sets in the opposite way.  (See the detailed instructions.)


And that is it! This backpack is sure to draw attention to whoever is carrying it. Make a t-shirt with one of the outline dragons from the collection to coordinate. Email us photos of your creations. We'd love to see them!

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