Monogrammed North Face backpacks are everywhere you look, but where are they coming from? Is there one store where everyone is taking their backpacks for monogramming, or are people just purchasing customized backpacks?
I’ll answer those and any other questions you might have about monogramming a North Face backpack below. Keep reading to find out exactly how you can customize your backpack!
The best (and quickest) way to have your North Face backpack monogrammed is to take it to someone who specializes in embroidery. Finding that person is as simple as typing “custom embroidery near me” into Google search (or maps), and then just picking the store with the best reviews. It’s always best to contact them beforehand, so you can get an idea of how long it will take and how much you’ll need to pay.
One thing I would recommend you do before giving your backpack to anyone is to check out previous samples of their work. If there are lots of photos of their previous work readily available and you like what you see, then great! But if you can barely find a decent photo of a design they did earlier, you probably want to avoid that shop. You can also ask your friends if they know any good embroider they would recommend.
That’s the best thing to do if you want an embroidered monogram on your backpack. In case you want a printed one, just take it to any store that does custom screen printing. You can find these on Google as well and be sure to call and ask if they can do the printing on a backpack.
Additionally, you’ll want to go to the store prepared. It’s best to bring a photo of the design you want on your backpack. If you’re going for a screen-printed design, you’ll want to save a high-quality PNG format photo to a USB stick, or just email them the photo. For embroidering, it’s best to ask the craftsman whether they prefer a digital or a printed image. Some embroidering machines can use custom designs, so giving them a digital image they can convert to a format for the machine can save you both a lot of time.
Unfortunately, there are very few online shops that let you send in your backpack for customizing. And the ones that offer this service are usually very slow and expensive. Not only do you need to pay for monogramming, but you’re also paying for shipping both ways.
There are a few websites that seemingly let you choose a North Face backpack and then add any design you want to it, but you can’t be certain that you’re getting a genuine TNF backpack. Also, all such sites I stumbled upon have very few customer reviews and no scores on Trustpilot and similar sites. Because of that, I’d recommend ordering from such a site only if you can pay on delivery, after inspecting that the monogrammed backpack is done exactly how you wanted.
Some brands allow you to add custom monograms to a backpack you’re buying, but you must do it before you check out. There are several such listings on Amazon, but The North Face is not one of those brands, so this is only an option if you’re okay with buying a different backpack brand.
In addition to that, you can buy all sorts of monogrammed backpacks on Etsy. Most listings let you choose the color of the backpack and let you add whatever personalization you want in any color you like. But these listings are mostly for children since the backpacks are small and cheap.
You can always try your hand at embroidery and customize your backpack however you want. This is much more tedious than just taking the bag to a shop, but it’s also a great way to learn a new skill and maybe even pick up a new hobby.
Embroidering is not that hard and if you already have some sewing experience, you can easily do the monogram yourself. It’s pretty much just going back and forth with a needle, and with a little patience, you can certainly do it on your own. There are hundreds of embroidering tutorials online that can teach you how to embroider, and you can get a basic embroidery kit for some $20, which is likely cheaper than paying someone else to make the monogram.
Naturally, it’s best to practice on something else before you start poking holes in your expensive TNF backpack. Practice on an old backpack first, or anything that’s made from a similar material. The North Face backpacks are usually made from nylon or polyester and it’s best to practice on the same material since embroidering a cotton t-shirt is much easier than monogramming a backpack.
Also, there are embroidery machines that you can buy that will pretty much do all the work for you. And yes, they can be used with backpacks! These machines usually have hundreds of preinstalled designs, and the more advanced ones let you add your designs with USB sticks. However, they tend to be quite expensive, so unless you suddenly decide to embroider half your closet, they’re probably not worth the splurge.
There are a few things you should keep in mind when it comes to monogramming your backpack. The key one is the placement of the monogram – it needs to be on the part of the backpack that has smooth fabric on both sides. That means no pockets, tags, or anything other than the smooth fabric on the inside of the bag.
Also, the smoother and thinner the fabric of the bag, the better the design will look. If you want it to be very pronounced, you can ask the person doing the embroidery to go over the design twice, since that will make the colors pop more. In any case, it’s key that you tell them exactly what you want the monogram to look like, so they can get it right. Keep in mind that most people who do professional embroidery use specialized machines, so there is a limit to how big the design can be.
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