By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Photography by Teresa Earnest
I love all things aerodynamic and I still love this adorable kite (meaning it doesn’t really fly…it’s fashion over function). Fly it over a baby’s crib or hanging from a tree where an ice cream cart sits underneath. It’s a little bit of French fabric perfection with an American whimsy and I love it! Triple Scoop Please!
Ice Cream Appliqué
(makes one cute kite)
What you need:
2 (3/8-inch by 36-inch) wooden craft dowels
Colorful duct tape
Paper for ice cream cone pattern
1 (36-inch square) piece of fabric
4 coordinating pieces of fabric
Sewing machine loaded with coordinating thread
2. Cut a diamond piece of fabric the size of the kite (I used purple here)
3. Make a simple ice cream cone pattern that works for your kite size. It should take up the center space. A cone for the bottom and an easy scoop looking thing for the top. 🙂
4. Place the cone on a piece of your scrap fabric and draw around the perimeter with chalk.
5. Cut out the cone.
6. Place the scoop of ice cream on a piece of coordinating fabric and draw around. Save the scraps for the tail.
7. Cut out the scoop and repeat the process cutting out two more scoops on coordinating fabric.
8. Stack the “scoops” on top of the cone and pin in place on the kite fabric. Use a sewing machine to stitch around all the edges with a coordinating color thread. I used pink.
9. Reference step one to tape your kite fabric to the frame. Add a fun tail by tying on extra pieces of the scoop fabric onto a string hanging down from the bottom corner.
The next time someone tells you to go fly a kite…just smile!