As my pictures slowly upload onto photobucket, I will tell you about this project. It started with a friend who has many of those stuffed animal backpacks. They look like this:http://www.artofrice.com/AE_Softies.html
As we were wandering around Ikea, DH spotted a frog with a zip-up mouth, and I wondered if I could make him into a backpack!
You have no doubt seen him. Here's what he looked like:
what he looks like now! He will soon be given to the animal-wearing friend.
It was quite simple, once I sat down and did it! And because I actually had the foresight to take pictures
, you get a tutorial on how to add backpack straps to a stuffie!
You will need:
+stuffie with compartment
+about 1 yd (or more??) 1" nylon or cotton webbing (prefer nylon; you can fuse raw edges)
+2 rectangular rings that the webbing will easily slide through
+2 backpack buckles, like so:
Cut webbing in half, for 2 straps. Cut a couple inches off the bottom of each length, loop each through a rectangular ring, and pin the edges, like so:
Now comes the complicated part. I will give you pics in the right order. It's the lacing of the larger piece of webbing through the buckle. You will only use 2 of the 3 slots. Do not panic. This is designed so the strap is 1) adjustable and 2) has no dangling extra pieces. Ready?
Loop the webbing up through 1 slot(a) and down through another (b).
Catching the rectangular ring, bring it back up inside the loop, using the same slot as before (a).
And tuck it back down slot (b).
Pin the raw edge to the part directly to its right (the part nearest to it).
You can do as I did, and pull it out, lay it flat, and make sure it works. Now breathe a sigh of relief, and do the other.
Now, onto the sewing! You should have 2 pinned straps . Zig-zag or serge (oh! for a serger now!) the raw edges. For the longer part of the strap, pull out enough slack so you are sewing the raw edge only to the part it's pinned.
Are you worried about the nylon fraying? I was.
But no more, thanks to Mr. Lighter! Fuse/cauterize all raw edges, and get close-ish to the zig-zagged parts to fuse the stringy bits.
Pin the 2 ends to where you want them on the animal. I chose the front legs at the wrist area, and the back legs at the hip-joint, so his legs would dangle below, but he'd look like he was hanging onto my shoulders for a ride.
Even my cheapish Brother machine, with regular needle, pulled off this feat. No breaking. Just squish the flesh of your stuffed as best you can, shoving it under the presser foot. I sewed on the underside of the strap so when it's used the seam is not visible. Just think of the part near your body as the wrong side of the fabric, as if you were sewing with real fabric and not frog flesh and nylon straps!
Proof that he has retained his attack-frog qualities: