It's frightening, this take over of the rural, but it's hard to actually blame a farmer for this. Advertising is lucurative. And here is my confession time. A little while back I dipped my toe into the possibility of putting advertising on this blog. The promise of a bit of children feeding cash was attractive, especially since it requires me to only keep doing what I already do. But, when the invitation to send in my fiancials to get the whole ads on Just Tutes going, I thought again and decided that is just not the direction I want to take. (You will point out to me at this point that I actually do have an ad on the sidebar for my etsy. But you're going to have just accept that one, because it's not really advertising, but important information that you all should know about ;))
About the same time that I was deciding that, no thanks, no ads on my blog I kept noticing the little ad-free blog owl on other people's sites.
I always love to see the owl. It says, 'yes, I could have ads, I'm miss popular blog, but I choose not to. So there.' Good stuff! Plus owls are cool, yes? So, I did a quick sketch of a little owl that I wanted to make into a stencil or something for a tee and make it all into a 'ad-free bod', all in honor of the ad-free blog owl and my decision to not accept advertising.
Then life happened, and I got distracted, and some more stuff happened, but now, months later, I finally got around to doing something with my little owl. My son is now sporting a owl applique on his new pair of trousers, made from my old trousers.
And now I have a nifty scanner, so I can share the applique pattern with you too (freecycle rocks!)
Instructions for applique:
Using a sheet of iron-on bond paper, trace out the various elements of the applique on the non-glue side.
Following the manufactures instructions, iron the bond paper to the wrong side of fabric. Cut out the traced shapes.
Peel off the paper backing of the bond paper and arrange the various elements of the applique on the material to be appliqued. Once it all looks good, iron the applique in place (check manufactures instructions).
If you are applying the applique to thin material, place a used dryer (static) sheet on the back side of the fabric you are appliquing on. This will give it a bit more strength and prevent stretching or awkwardness in the stitching. After the applique is done you can snip off the edges of the dryer sheet to neaten it up.
Load up either complimentry thread to the material you are appliquing or choose a single colour for the whole applique. Set your machine to a satin stitch (a tight zig zag stitch). Follow the edges of the applique elements with the satin stitch to secure the applique to the fabric and outline the design.
Apply appliqued garment to child. Then say to the child:
"Owl always love you!"
"Owl always love you!"