This article will focus on some neckerchiefs that I designed and made for the local Boy Scout troop.
They were designed to be bandage neckerchiefs to aid in the practice of first-aid emergency treatments. In total 24 neckerchiefs were made. As it turned out, these were nicer, stronger and slightly less expensive than buying new ones. ►Summer camp was coming up and we needed to do two things: 1. Make a flag 2. get neckerchiefs for the boys.
The scout store was no longer nearby and the neckerchiefs were expensive. They were also too small for our need, so we got a little creative. My wife helped the troop choose the colors, another parent stitched the edges and my son & I handled the graphics.How are we involved? Why are we doing this?:
My son is 14 years old and is an active participant in the Boy Scouts of America program. My wife and I help whenever we can. Many other great families contribute as well to this group locally and we feel it is a worthwhile program for young men. My dad always said that if you keep a young man busy, he can't get into too much trouble. I encourage all youth to involve their families in their activities and interests and for parents to be apart of their children's lives.DESIGN NOTES & FYI: We made these from a black cotton/poly blend fabric. I designed the graphics in Adobe Illustrator (file available if you desire it). I then used a vinyl cutter to cut the designs out of colored iron-on athletic jersey vinyl. This stuff is a very thin film that is backed by a clear plastic heat-resistant sheet. Simply peel away the unnecessary vinyl, flip and iron. The stuff won't come off even if it's abused--so it's a great idea for this project. Another parent & friend (name withheld for privacy) created the beautiful edging that you see on these neckerchiefs. It was done with a serger machine using red thread.What we used:
Let's get started...
- Black cotton/poly blend fabric cut to a triangle with two short sides of between 34" - 35 " and a long side of ~ 53"- 54"
- Vinyl Iron-On Athletic Jersey Film
- Vinyl Cutter & Vector Graphics Program (Adobe Illustrator, InkScape, ..etc)
- Iron on HIGH-heat setting with absolutely no steam (best not to have water in the iron at all for this project)
- fabric tape measure
- Meter-long aluminum straight-edge/ruler to guide the cutting of the fabric pattern
- a pizza-cutter style fabric knife
- Red Cotton Thread
- Did I mention Patience?
- You will need an extra hand or two on this (scout buddy system!) or it will take yet even more time