Translating a free clipart pug to fabric has proved harder than I thought. I figured I'd just trace the body, the dark/light areas, put fusible backing on the fabric for a perfect fit. Errr. No.
Pugs have tons of wrinkles and their brown/black coloring around the eyes is hard to pull off with fabric without it looking"off"or making them even more fugly looking. I recognize putting a 3D object into fabric isn't easy, but I wasn't planning on a few"wrinkles". I want the pugs to look soft and inviting, not a fabric monstrosity of bulging eyes and funky wrinkles.
I also know I'm a perfectionist when it comes to things like this making myself doubt more.
I went digging through my stash and found the perfect body color and then realized I only had 1/3 of a yard. I love Moda Marbles but they aren't found easily here. I may have to order some. There's another quilt store 40 miles away that has some beautiful creams that would work. Anyone have a car?
First off when doing a project, dump your cat off the light table:
Next if you need a light table, get out your clear acrylic extension table and an Ott light:
Trace your picture with a permanent pen onto the stuff that you use for overhead projectors. Impossible to find here, so in a pinch use the clear paper inserts:
Make sure you TURN over the traced picture so you don't get a reverse image when you trace it onto fusible webbing.
After multiple attempts at fabric choices and your OCD perfection issues, here's a basic layout that still needs far more work but you get the idea:
The other problem I didn't even think about was that I bought some yardage with a gradual color change from cream to dark brown (It's perfect!) but didn't realize there were faint stripes down it. You can see the lines in the picture. Argghh!
I think I'm going to walk down to the other LQS and find several variegated brown batiks that might work.
Another idea I thought of was to do a crayon quilt. You use Crayola crayons to do the picture and shade in everything. Then you press an iron over the picture to heat set the wax into the fabric. I have 8 years of crayons stuffed into a drawer nearby. It is permanent, but I think you have to wash the quilt by hand.