When I asked my 12 year old son if there was anything I could sew for him, he said 'a rocket.' First I laughed, and then I remembered seeing a pattern for a plush rocket somewhere. I searched through my books and finally found this one in One Yard Wonders (I love this series and have all 3 books).
I did make a few changes... I decided to quilt it similar to the technique I used on these plush horses. Quilting the fabric pieces to batting or thick interfacing like I used makes a really nice surface and eliminates any lumps and bumps you might see otherwise.
I cut all of the pattern pieces 1/2'' larger than needed, layered them on top of Soft & Stable interfacing by Annie (you could also use quilt batting, but this has a great smooth firmness), and then quilted each piece. Even the fins.
Then I used my traced patterns to cut each fabric piece to the correct size.
I really complicated things when I decided not to stuff the fins (fat fins?) and insert dowels to help them stand up.
Luckily, I couldn't find any wooden dowels in the house so I improvised and cut the straight parts off of plastic coat hangers. Why lucky? Because I never would have been able to turn this rocket right side out if I had used wooden dowels. The plastic sticks were just flexible enough to turn everything right side out - although there were some hairy moments where I thought they would snap and I'd have to unpick some seams to take out the broken plastic and try again with a new one.
I don't recommend trying this modification unless you want to attempt to sew a round bottom piece to the rocket end I photographed above. Tricky was putting it lightly and to call my seam wonky is being very kind. But it still looks awesome. :)
My 12 year old loves it. Especially the fire coming out of the bottom. I feel dang lucky to have an almost-teenage son who still wants me to sew for him.
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