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« on: February 17, 2008 09:29:48 PM »

I made this little patchwork rocket and rocket boy figure. 



I'll leave it to you to work on a little space boy figure if you want. Here's the down-low: I bought a wooden egg from the craft store, cut a circular piece of painter's tape and applied it to the face area, sprayed the body silver and came back and painted the face with acrylic paints.

Instructions for Rocket Ship:

Supplies:

    * 1/2 yard of fabric (I used three different fabrics, plus some felt)
    * scissors
    * thread
    * thin cardboard (cereal box will do)
    * polyfill stuffing

Step 1: Cut all fabrics according to template (you can find this on my blog at http://thelongthread.com/?p=308). Cut out four pieces of thin cardboard slightly smaller than the template of the rocket wings (leave a bit of room for sewing on the side that attaches to the rocket -- I sewed right over the cardboard, but not sure if that's advisable).

Step 2: Add your own appliqu stars if you choose. I did not provide these in the template, but you can handle it!

Add a pouch for a little figure (skip to step 3 if you don't want to bother with this): I just measured the circumference of my egg, added extra for seam allowance and cut a rectangular shape (you want it to be snug so the little egg doesn't fly on its own). I then sewed right sides together. Then my husband showed off his knowledge of pi to the 10th decimal place and helped me figure out the size of the circle for the bottom of the pouch (you're on your own here since I don't know the size of your little figure). I am told that you can determine the diameter of the circle you need to cut by taking the circumference of your little figure divided by pi. I then sewed the circle to the little "sleeve" and sewed the entire piece to one of the main body pieces of the rocket ship (cut a circular hole in the fabric first!).

Step 3: Make wings by sewing right sides together (leave the side that attaches each wing to the rocket unfinished). Turn wings right side out. Insert cardboard pieces.

Step 4: Sew pieces of rocket body right sides together, inserting and attaching wings as you go (bottom of wing should be about 1" from the bottom of the rocket ship). It might be a good idea to reinforce seams with an overcasting stitch. Turn right side out.

Step 5: Sew bottom circle of rocket to four sides of the main body, leaving room for stuffing. I hand-sewed this part because I found that the wings got in the way when I tried with the machine.

Step 6: Stuff densely with polyfill or filling f your choice (add figure to pouch while you stuff). Pin and sew final seam together and reinforce if needed.

Blast off!
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« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2008 09:38:39 PM »

WOAH. That is AWESOME!

For one of my good friends, I was going to make an enormous rocketship plush with this great rocketship fabric I bought at Joann's. You have re-inspired me C:
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« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2008 10:18:55 PM »

This is awsome.  I Love the fabrics.  Just too cute.
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« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2008 10:35:25 PM »

Oh, WOW!
I have a new baby sibling on the way and I *might* be able to recreate this awesomeness in the seven months.
Extra thanks for the tut,too :]
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« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2008 11:05:35 PM »

as a question of interest, does the little rocket man stick out of the pocket?  So it's like he's looking from the back? Huh I'm curious, because my friend's son is turning 1, and this would be a great gift!  I'm just worried about it falling out and possibly hurting him.
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« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2008 11:14:14 PM »

I LOVE that. So cute.
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« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2008 12:00:20 AM »

I freaking love this and am sooo going to make one for my son *adds another project to the endless list...*. I adore how he pops in like that, I'm suddenly imagining a whole range of eggy figures with cars and boats and spaceships to plop into. Oooh and little eggy dogs running alongside and little eggy cats rolling their eyes at the spaceship noise. OK, I'm a little weird  Embarrassed. But seriously, this rocks!

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« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2008 04:30:46 AM »

as a question of interest, does the little rocket man stick out of the pocket?  So it's like he's looking from the back? Huh I'm curious, because my friend's son is turning 1, and this would be a great gift!  I'm just worried about it falling out and possibly hurting him.

Yes, the little rocket man is designed to slide into the little pouch, which I did make to fit snugly.  Still, the egg is a bit heavy and it might be a bit of a hazard for a one-year-old.  I considered adding velcro to the inside of the pouch and to the bottom of the figure.  I would just recommend using a lighter wooden object -- maybe a little clothespin doll?
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« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2008 05:45:29 PM »

I love the ship and eggy space guy! Just an idea-if you really want to use something lighter than a wooden egg,how about a plastic easter egg? Glue the 2 halves together,paint it with nontoxic paint?
Anyway,it's a very cool toy.
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« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2008 07:02:37 PM »

This looks like great fun. It's very well crafted!
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