Have you seen these vests before? I've seen them on various sites and wanted to make one for my father. He finally retired - after 34 years of early mornings, overtime, being called in, and countless hours of troubleshooting.
I know he plans to do a lot of fishing - although I'm sure my mother's honey-do list is plenty long! So, I designed this card with an inside gift card pocket and lots of little fishing goodies on the outside.
I started with Crumb Cake and scored along the tri-fold lines (2-1/8" from each side), used the square lattice texture plate for the front panels, punched out the pockets using the large and small tag punches.
I sewed the pockets with my sewing machine, sponged the edges and adhered with sticky strip.
Note: The paper is really strong and the bobber pushed the limits of the adhesive. I noticed the pockets wanting to pop off the card (especially with the texture).
Tip: DO NOT sew over adhesive as it will ruin your needle and possibly damage your machine.
Then I added the eyelets. I should have doubled up the center eyelets so that the string would cross in the front along the bottom as well. Lastly, I cut some extra pieces for the collar. Sponged those edges and clipped a bit from the bottom sides & front.
I made the armholes with the wide oval punch. I just measured the card, marked a spot, then trimmed with my scissors. For the neck, I just used a ruler and pencil to mark the distance and cut by hand.
I picked up the lures and bobber from a local fishing supply store. This is one that definitely needs to be hand delivered or mailed in a box or padded envelope!
Congratulations Dad! Thanks for all you do!
Ink: Crumb Cake
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes (inside)
Punches: Large and small tag punches & Crop-a-dile
Other: Eyelets, sewing machine & butcher's string (non-su)