Since Spring Break is coming up for us and is happening around the states, I thought I’d share something we like to do on our vacations! We love to visit State and National Parks and do their Junior Ranger Programs!
Do you like to do this? I love it because the kiddo will put down that silly tablet and actually take the time to enjoy where we are. You have to actually look at where you are and draw pictures of what you see. Sit and listen and draw what you hear. Some have scavenger hunt type activities. Each place has different requirements for getting a badge, but they are all pretty easy and fun!
And you get to collect cool badges! We’ve gotten all sorts of kinds. Fabric ones, buttons and the more traditional versions… But then they come home and get stashed somewhere with the other souveniers…. So I knew I could make a little something to display the badges!
And after we started collecting, my husband found this vintage badge at his Dad’s house!
So, I’ll show you how I made it! You’ll need felt- tan, dark brown and green. You’ll also need some fusible interfacing, a little bit of ribbon and some sticky back felt letters. Ignore the wooden dowel. I thought I would use it, but decided against it. And I used a picture of a ranger hat to get the right shape.
I printed the hat that I found online here, on 11×17 paper. Then cut it out!
Next, let’s cut out the pieces you’ll need. Cut the main hat pieces from the tan (2) and the heavyweight fusible interfacing (1). Cut down the pattern to the band and then cut it out of the brown felt. Lastly, cut out the green banner, 10×22, and angle one end.
Trim the interfacing down about an 1/8″ all the way around and iron it to one side of the hat piece.
Use a bit of glue to just secure the band and then topstitch it in place.
Stack the front and back of the hat with the banner in the middle. Then sew all the pieces together.
Add the letters.
Center the ribbon and sew in place.
Then hand in place and start collecting (and finding…) those Junior Ranger Badges!
Enjoy Spring Break!! I can’t wait!