The World Traveler: Vintage Travel Patches - Lil Blue Boo Tutorial

I've was blessed as a young girl to be able to travel with my family, though I always felt like we could have been in a National Lampoon movie with all our adventures. Most of our trips revolved around golf courses with my dad and sister's golf. One of my most vivid memories growing up is my brother saying "what a tourist trap" about every place we went. We all loved the "tourist traps" though and I would collect little things from each place for my art journals. My one regret: the Loch Ness Monster Visitor Center in Scotland. Picture this: my sad, longing face pressed against the car window as my dad sped straight through the town of Loch Ness because he and my sister were late for a tee time (I was 20 years old).

Anyways, in the spirit of the world traveler, I made patches to resemble those vintage luggage stickers that covered suitcases long ago......

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.....and covered this little "Tourist Trap" dress in them. My favorite part of the dress is the "touristy" knit print for the skirt.....Clark Griswold would be proud!

Finished project

First, I printed out the images on transfer paper. Just make sure to print your images in reverse! Note: the fine lines you see in the bottom images are from my dying ink-jet printer....RIP printer.

Find your patches and use transfer paper

Cut into groups or individually

Then I ironed the images onto a plain white knit. Note: The secret to the transfer process is ironing on a hard surface....using all of your body weight (i.e. don't use an ironing board!)

Iron on hard surface

I cut out each image and used fusible web to create an "iron-on" patch (you can actually IRON on top of this brand of transfer paper!).

Fusible web is a lifesaver

I stitched around each patch to secure to the dress.

Stitch to better secure

Before sewing the dress together I washed all the pieces again to lightly fray the edges of the patches to give them more of a vintage feel.

Wash a few times for a more vintage look

The main part of the dress was a travel shirt that read "Havana Cuba."

Old shirts work perfectly for this

Patches from all over the world!

Be creative!

Even one that reads "See America First"......which we plan to do as a family this summer in the west!

Finished project

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