April 22, 2011

Isaac's Construction Birthday Party Invitation

Isaac turned 2 last week and to celebrate, he had a construction themed birthday party! Isaac may only be 2, but he knows every type of construction vehicle in creation. He even knows what an excavator is! Well, it was only appropriate to make brightly colored construction vehicles to put onto the invitation as a pattern. Four of his favorite trucks appear in the pattern, a mixer, crane, bulldozer and dump truck. I illustrated them in a very simplified way using basic shapes because I wanted each element to be recognizable as a construction vehicle, but together work as a pattern. If a pattern works out well, it can be used for almost anything!

I was so pleased with how the truck pattern turned out that I had it printed on fabric! Childrens' patterns are perfect to print onto fabric and I decided that I wanted to try making a pillow. I had just learned how to use a sewing machine in October and I was nervous about getting ahead of my sewing skills with this project.

I didn't want to make a pillow with stuffing because that wouldn't be easy to clean. When making things for children, the most important thing to remember is that it will need to be washed. For this project, that meant getting a pillow insert and making a slipcover with a zipper. I wanted to add cording because I thought it would look nice. A few youtube vides later, some sewing, ripping and resewing later, and I had a pillow I was proud of.


The pillow matches the invitation perfectly! I made this pillow as a gift for Isaac, but fabric can be used for plenty of other things party related! It can be used to make a table cloth, flag banners or even use it as ribbon for gifts. I'm excited that this fabric test worked out so well. I will be experimenting with fabric in the future and hope to have more projects to show!

If you would like to purchase the construction vehicle fabric, it's available for sale on Spoonflower!

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