Pack pals/ keychains for Alastair and his friends. I’m pleased to report that my keychain tutorial is posted at Brother’s website. Any of these links will take you there.
I’m pleased to report that my keychain tutorial is now posted at Brother’s website. Any of the links at the end of this post will take you there.
Apparently, I was not very clear about the felt. A reader wrote with some questions, asking if she needed to buy from a bolt. My answers/comments are:
I just buy the felt sheets at WalMart, JoAnn’s or Michaels. They are 9×12″ or 12 x 18″. The smaller soft ones run about $.25 each and the larger stiff ones about $.59. Of course, you could use some by-the-yard felt, but I don’t think that comes in the stiff weight.
When I first got on this jag, I used soft for both with a cutaway stabilizer for the first hooping. But then I could not get rid of the stabilizer beyond the outline and had to color it with a sharpie. Still, the keychain was too floppy to suit me. So I went with the stiff stuff.
You can use stiff for both layers, but with my stiff hands, it is hard to cut through two layers of that. Now I always use stiff for the top but when I can’t find matching colored soft felt, I use stiff for both.
When I first heard about these keychains, I too was puzzled about their attachment to the backpacks. I discovered that they just loop over the hanger loop with the embroidered piece slipping through the loop or over the wider shoulder strap. That is why you need such a long loop. I’m guessing backpack straps are about 2″ wide, so that uses up 4″ of the ribbon loop. Then the embroidery has to fit through the remaining opening.
A second tutorial for other machines was to be posted at this time. But a wicked case of bronchitis and life in general got in the way. I expect you know how that happens. But it will be posted soon.
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“Pack Pals” for our grandson and his friends made entirely in the hoop of my Brother Dream Machine
It seems that children everywhere are dangling little characters and ornaments from their backpacks. The description on one site tells it all:
“Want to dress up your backpack for school? Keychains are a great way to make a statement about who you are…..Show your hobbies, express your beliefs, or tell who you are with one of our keychains today.”
Just see how many are for sale on one site alone. Would you like a tutorial on how these can be made on any embroidery machine?
After embroidering 43 Pokemon Ninja headbands for our 6 year old grandson Alastair I made him a hanging embroidery with the text Pokemon. It hung from his backpack and was admired by his friends.
When I offered to make more, he requested several to share with his Pokemon passionate pals. Eleven were made, some to keep and some to share. He is a kind-hearted, generous little guy who thinks of others far more often than I would expect from a kindergartner.
His sweet classmate Maddie loves Frozen so he asked if I would make some for her. Laurel, his 11 yo cousin, has dubbed them Pack Pals.
Lately, I’ve been on a Disney roll embroidering items for a good friend. This backpack was a fearsome task, making me wonder if it was a mistake to take it on. It brought to mind my “sewing in a cave” experience monogramming a large tote bag. I did NOT want to repeat that.
The bag was a Christmas gift for grandson Alastair’s favorite pre-school teacher. Then I tackled another one for my dear Aunt Rheeta. But it was no fun at all! Continue reading