So far this summer I have completed a lot of professional projects including private employee stores for companies like Warner Brothers Games and many awesome beautiful contests. I got to attend Startup Weekend and Startup Festival, I got to speak at WordCamp Montreal and meet Matt Mullenweg! Next I am applying to Hackbright Academy! So I am available right now for your emergency contracts (WordPress or Custom Web development) until August 15, then again in early September :)
On to the craftyness!
The Khaki Scout badge may be the most commented on and visited post of my site. I listed it on Etsy get your own version of this badge this summer and have completed 1 so far. I decided to take a picture of the process.
You can still order your own and save yourself the trouble :)
The backing of my badge is Aida cloth. This may be helpful to create the text and fold very straight but any beige to khaki fabric should do. The racoon is created by drawing the animal on paper twice and cutting out a full head, then only the ‘eye mask’, round nose and ear enhancements. Before I sew the racoon head on the badge base, I like to assemble it seperately. My original badge was oversized, I made this one half an inch smaller.
Once the face is applied, I can carefully fold the fabric back and pin it, one side at a time.
Here I am using the first badge as a reference. You may find it helpful to baste the fabric once it is folded. On this occasion, I mistakenly cut the fabric a bit too short so my first edge was a nightmare to baste and blanket stitch.
Please be forewarned that it might take 4-6 hours to finish the border of your badge. You can do this with a sewing machine in a tiny fraction of the time! In my case, it is imperative that the badge looks like it was made by an amateur as the badge in Moonlight Kingdom are often made by the Khaki Scouts themselves. In my second version I got to write the name upright!!! It’s almost done!
The back of the badge is a total mess :) I try not to make too many knots because I ALWAYS put fusible webbing on the back of the badge to hide everything and prevent the stitches from coming apart. Remember, this badge must hold up to the sun, the rain and the snow storms!!
And here it is, ready to ship to Alex in Chicago who said: “Thank u for all the time and effort – we got the patch today and its worth every penny – we appreciate you taking the time out of your summer to make it!”
I have a lot of things to put on my Camp Bag like a beautiful gold brooch and a compass. I even made myself a Red Badge of Courage, so I am open to putting nonsensical or inspired badges on my bag, not just MK inspired ones. I want to make more badges but my next project is going to be the bright yellow scout scarf. I have a huge collection of Scout (and Jeanette/Girl Scout) badges which I lent to an Ad agency a few months ago for a commercial shoot (I also lent them my boyfriend!) but my scarf and scarf ties are not like the ones in Moonrise Kingdom.
Khaki Scouts have yellow scarves with a carved out symbol to hold it. For this project I bought a pretty yellow XXL man’s shirt. I will cut out the back to make a simple square scarf. For my scarf ornament, I will mold a shape and paint it. I have decided to make it into the shape of my spirit animal… it is a very well known celebrity animal :) This scarf will be attached to my Camp Bag (not for wearing)… I hope it works!!
I hope you are enjoying summer!