As I mentioned on our Facebook page the other day, I've been working on a backpack for Ben's 3rd birthday, using the Toddler Backpack pattern by Made by Rae.
I'll go into more details on actually making the backpack soon. It's not quite finished yet. And yes, I know Ben's birthday was 3 days ago. He's cool with it. I think the few tons of gifts he received from family and friends are keeping him otherwise occupied.
So, I thought that today I would show you how I embellished the front of the backpack. Since I selected a pretty muted color scheme for the fabrics, I felt like it could benefit from some kind of fun design on the front. Ben has been obsessed with space and rocket ships lately, so I started looking for rocket ship illustrations.
I wasn't sure whether I should iron on a fun rocket ship image or applique some fabric in the shape of a rocket ship. When I showed my husband some examples of both to help me decide (see above for the applique I put in front of him), he basically answered "The applique is much cooler!" though he didn't actually use the word "applique", he probably just said "Doh, that one."
So I went with applique. Thanks husband, for picking the difficult option! Here's the little sketch image I selected during my Google Image searches. I love the shape of it and thought I could use ribbon and a button to create the levels and the window.
I picked fabrics that matched my striped backpack fabric, except brighter. I ironed the scraps onto lightweight interfacing, then cut out my shapes and laid them out on the fabric for the backpack front.
I was pretty happy with the look of it, so I went ahead and sewed some green ribbon onto the main rocket ship piece to replicate the levels on the sketch.
I pinned everything and started sewing with a tight zigzag stitch. Now remember, I have never done any machine applique before so this was an experiment. After sewing on the first wing, I realized my stitch width was way too broad, so I shortened it for the second wing. See the difference below?
I ripped out the wider stitch side (that was fun...) and fixed the right side. I then appliqued the fire. Tricky tricky tricky with all those points and tights corners. It turned out okay, I think, though not perfect by any means. But once again, first experiment with applique ever!!
The last stitching I did was the green around the main rocket ship piece, so as to cover the edges between it and the smaller pieces. Here it is.
I sewed on a wooden button for the window, and my rocket ship was ready to take flight!
I'm hoping to post about the finished backpack next week. Wish me luck with finishing that sucker!
So Ben was spoiled a little for his birthday? You might as well get used to it, you are such a generous gift giver that he is simply cashing in on your good karma.........
I can't believe what a difference changing the stitch width made! Wow. I had to look at the photo for awhile to pick up on it but you are right, the smaller stitch looks much better. Very creative way to use the sketch, too! I love seeing how you find your inspiration.......