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