Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Blast off Rocket Ship Tutorial



Here is a toy for those precious boys in your life!  It is a stuffed rocket with fire that is tucked away until it's time for blast off!  So much fun! 


What you will need:
  • 2 fat quarters
  • Felt
  • Nature-fil or other stuffing choice
  • Hand sewing needle
  • Pattern found here.


Step 1:  Cut out pattern pieces.  You will be cutting 3 rocket ship body panels, 6 fins, 1 bottom panel, and 3 fire pieces. 


Step 2:  Add any embellishing to fins and rocket body now.



Step 3:  Right sides together pin 2 fins and sew 1/4" seam from top of fin all the way around leaving the straight edge open.  Clip curves and turn right side out.




Clipped curves

right side out

Step 4:  Stuff fins.  Make sure you start with a very small piece of filling and push firmly into the curve of the fin.  You will want to firmly pack the fin so your rocket will stand up when finished.  Leave 1/2" un-stuffed at straight edge.  Sew shut using 1/2" seam allowance.





Step 5:  Pin 2  rocket ship panels right sides together and place a mark 1.5" from bottom of the top facing panel.  Place the fin in between the 2 panels with the bottom of the fin at the 1.5" mark and raw edges together.  Pin in place.  Sew using 1/2" seam allowance. Clip curves.  Fold seam allowance to right.



Mark 1.5" from bottom


Pin fin in between panels at 1.5" mark.
Step 6:  Add last panel:  You will repeat step 4 except you will not fold seam allowance to right.  Put the rocket ship panels right sides together and place a mark 1.5" from bottom of top facing panel.  Place the fin in between the 2 panels with the bottom of the fin at the 1.5" mark and raw edges together.  Pin in place.  Sew using 1/2" seam allowance. 





Step 7:  Attach last 2 panels together:  Mark top facing panel 1/5" from bottom and pin fin to top panel.  Start pinning 2 panels together from the top down.  It will be tight with all 3 fins inside the rocket so you will have to tilt one fin up into the tip and one down.  You may have to move them around a little to get the room you need.  Sew using 1/2" seam allowance.  Turn right side out and stuff until firm.



Pin from top down


Move fins around to make room to finish last seam.

Pin to bottom


Turn right side out

Note:  If you end up with one of the panels a little longer than the other on the bottom edge, don't worry it will be fixed when we finish off the bottom.



One end longer than other?  Don't worry! 

Step 8:  Prepare bottom panel:  With right sides together sew 1/2" seam along side of bottom panel.  Place seam in middle and iron open seam allowance.






Seam in middle pressed open

Step 9:  Stack fire and place inside the bottom panel lining up raw edges.  Sew shut using 1/2" seam allowance.  Flip right side out. 



Fire inside bottom panel.  Raw edges together.



Right side out.

Step 10:  Attach bottom panel to rocket:  With right sides together and raw edges aligned, hand sew all the way around.  I used a simple stitch.  If you are horrible at hand sewing like I am, don't worry this seam will not show!





Step 11:  Tuck bottom panel inside rocket and straighten out bottom edges. 




Step 12:  Take a needle with thread and push it inside the rocket and come out the seam of the fin.  Go back through the fin and inside the rocket.  Repeat several times on 2 sides.  This will keep the lining inside the rocket ship when the fire is pulled out during blast off.


Push needle inside rocket and out fin seam


Push needle back through fin seam and inside rocket. 


  Final step:

 Count down.....10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1,0,  BLAST OFF!  





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15 comments:

  1. Thank you for this tutorial!
    I have a beautiful 15month old grandnephew who will adore this rocket ship.

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  2. This is wonderful!! I love the little flames for blast-off! I linked to your tutorial overat Craft Gossip Sewing:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-rocket-ship-softie-toy/2010/12/07/

    --Anne

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  3. Wow how a great tutorial you have made.
    Next year I going to make it for my son!
    I want to the pattern, but it's empty, what did I do wrong??

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  4. This is so funny I saw this, because I spent a good part of my afternoon making the rocket pillow from "One-Yard Wonders", which is very similar to yours. Yours looks great!

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  5. Hi Annette, Thanks for letting me know. I don't know what happened but all of my patterns have gone blank. If anyone needs this pattern before I fix the problem just e-mail me. Thanks

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  6. gorgeous! can't wait to tackle this...

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  7. Hey this is great! I was at the museum gift shop the other day and they had a space shuttle with a little panel you could open up and inside there were two astronauts ready for a spacewalk! Might be pretty tricky to add that!

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  8. I love it! I featured it on my blog!
    seemesew.blogspot.com

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  9. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS ROCKET, MY SON WENT TO BED WITHOUT A PEEP WHEN I TOLD HIM I WAS GOING TO SEW ONE FOR HIM (BUT GE GOT UP CHECKING ON ME LATER ON, AND THEN WENT BACK TO BED ON HIS OWN!)
    NOW MINE IS FINISHED, ALTHOUGH NOT QUITE AS LOVELY AS YOURS, I HOPE HE WILL BE PLEASED TOMORROW MORNING!

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  14. Hi, I love this design perfect for little boys! I couldn't get the pattern pieces either, would it be possible for you to email them to me?
    Thank you so much for doing this.
    Kind regards,
    Kirstin kirstinfkane@gmail.com

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  15. This is brilliant! Thank you!

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