Anglerfish Stenciled Hoodie

Hey, do you know that part in Finding Nemo? The part with the anglerfish? I do. I do very well.  On the boy’s list of topics (he only has 4) anglerfish ranks really, really high.  He both loves and fears the anglerfish.  We talk about it a LOT. Today while he was off at the park with his grandparents (thanks, Mom and Dad), I stenciled an anglerfish from the Finding Nemo Best Dad in the Sea book on to the back of his favorite green hoodie.  This way he gets to be super cool by having an anglerfish sweater while not actually having to look at the anglerfish.

First I copied the main body out of the book an onto freezer paper.  I cut out the design with an xacto knife pen thing. You can see the quality of my drawing skills below.  I put in the place for the eyes but did not cut them out. I planned on doing them without a stencil. Then I ironed it onto the back of the hoodie

Freezer Paper Stencil

Oooh, and Joann’s was having a closeout on a bunch of their Jacquard metallic fabric paints ($2.50 each!) so I bought out anything that looked like it might be awesome.  I used the metallic broze for the main body and silver for the spikes and illuminated lure.  I let that dry for a while then went in with blue and added spot details.  Finally I hand painted the teeth and eyes with opaque white.  Hand painting on knits is pretty difficult but I’m not sure I could have done any better with a stencil.

All in all, I’m pretty happy with it.  The boy was stoked, too.

He is VERY brave!

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This one was a fighter

The baby boom continues around these parts.  And while the robot blanket and the (soon to be completed) moderne log cabin knit blanket went basically according to plan, this blanket fought me hard.  It really doesn’t look difficult but any way it could find to trip me up, it took.  It was sneaky, I tell you, sneaky.

See, it looks innocent enough, with its diagonal machine quilting over a single panel of (very cute) bicycle cotton. Yeah, that took me two tries. See the big border of grey fabric?  That was supposed to go all the way around with mitered corners.

“Not this time” says the blanket.  Not sure how I messed those up, but I REALLY messed those up. So much that I needed to go into the stash and find something to cover up the corners with.  Luckily, this little blue circle fabric matched close enough.  If I was really dedicated I would have blind stitched the corners on but to be honest, I was just about D for Done with this thing. I cried mercy and admitted defeat. The blanket smirked at me, reminded me of my place, and proceeded to turn out pretty darn cute anyway.