Boys Rocket Applique Wall Decor

by Kelsey Norwood

in Crafts


Not long after Elliot was born we got this fabulous set of “To the Moon” prints from Fall Down Tree for his room. (Check out Fall Down Tree’s Etsy store – they have the most wonderful prints for kids. I especially love the dinosaur, sea creatures, and travel sets!)

I needed some more outer space stuff for his room, and I found just what I was looking for on Don’t Look Now (If you click over to Don’t Look Now, be prepared to see the most beautiful quilts you have ever seen. They’re absolutely amazing!)


Kellie, the amazing fabric artist, kindly emailed me her rocket ship applique pattern and this is what I came up with for Elliot’s room:


I cut out all the pieces with Heat’N’Bond fixed to the back, ironed them in place on a piece of white muslin, sewed them down, and stapled the whole piece of muslin to a canvas. This wall is small, only a little bit wider than the two pictures, and I think it still needs something. I’m thinking about trying to cut the whole design out of vinyl and do that instead, but this is what we have for now.

I loved her colors so much I decided to use them myself – the hardest part for me about quilting and other fabric projects is choosing the fabric. I have serious anxiety about it!

Anyway, Don’t Look Now has so many fun things to look at, and I think you can still get her art smock and applique patterns for free by emailing her.

Any ideas on what else I could do with this wall?


1 Tricia September 22, 2009 at 1:41 pm

I think they are adorable. And I think you just need to frame them with a nice thick frame. I wonder if you could find some at DI and spray paint them bright blue or orange. Roberts might have some unfinished frames that would work.

2 Keri September 23, 2009 at 7:55 am

I went to Don’t Look Now and holy crap i have never seen such beautiful quilts!! They must take her forever. And I don’t understand how the background is quilted but the appliqued flowers aren’t. She must put them on last, but in the pictures of her process it looks like she sews them on first! Very curious workmanship!

3 Kimberly R September 24, 2009 at 8:36 am

I think the vinyl idea is a great idea! I would definately try it.

4 Kris Graff September 29, 2009 at 3:01 pm

You do some amazing crafts. I wish I had half the tools that you do. I am getting things ready for my new baby and I would love to be able to do some of the things you have posted about.

5 suzy May 24, 2010 at 4:16 pm

A frame is a perfect idea. At the moment the images are hanging flat to the wall they need something to make them stand out. A bright frame in one of the colours of the fabric with matting the colour of the wall would be the ideal solution but a cheap black frame from the store would work just as well. They look great keep up the good work.

P.S Just noticed the date of the last comments,sorry. Hope you already found a solution

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