Tuesday, December 17, 2013

DCC Show Group Gifts...77th USO Tour to Korea!

Twelve of the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders Show Group will be leaving soon to travel to Korea for the holidays.  The remaining 27 cheerleaders give the girls a gift,  Show Group will be gone over the holidays including Christmas day.  My daughter is a DCC and that's how I got involved in the gift making.  The cheerleaders decided to give their DCC Show Group teammates a Christmas stocking and my suggestion of a travel pillow.   I love practical and I hope their pillow will come in handy on the long flights and down time.

The details of the gifts were left up to me so I decided to go with a patriotic theme since they will be traveling to military bases to preform for the troops.  What could be more patriotic than RED, WHITE & BLUE, STARS and a touch BLUE JEAN!  The theme started to take shape and I ran with it!
 This is the pattern I used for the stocking. 
 McCalls 2991... view C.
 I cut the body of the stocking from a red quilted fabric. 
I found mine at Walmart.
 I used the star fabric from Joann's for the outside cuff 
and solid red for the cuff lining.
I cut all 24 pieces out at once...assembly line style!
After sewing the stocking according to the pattern, 
 I attached a 6" piece of red ribbon to make the hanger. 
 I sewed a star button on for an accent.
I attached a silver star with a small red
ribbon on the center of each cuff point.
I filled the stockings with a few goodies also!
On to the travel pillow......
 I made me a pattern out of wrapping paper to cut my fabric.
I found the travel pillow forms at Walmart.

 I cut a piece of jean fabric 8"X 9" for each pillow and 
monogrammed the girls name in the center.

 I found an image of the USO logo and added 
77th to the image and printed it out on fabric sheets
you feed through your inkjet printer.
I printed two to a page.
I cut a piece of white fabric from my pillow front pattern 
piece and laid my design out to determine what size 
each fabric piece should be to fit the pattern.
I added a row of red rick rack to some of the jean pieces.
 I assembled it like you would a quilt....and after it was complete 
I stitched around some of the fabric shapes to add some detail.

 The back panel center edges were turned in and stitched 
to finish the edges.  They were overlapped to form the 
opening for the pillow form to be inserted.
Right sides were sewn together and turned and pressed.
I inserted the pillow form in back opening.
Sew...repeat 12 times...equals success!
Each girl has their own comfy travel pillow
as well as a keepsake!

Gifts all complete and now they need to be wrapped!
 I printed out a copy of each of the 12 girls
from the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader site
and made a sticker with my Xyron sticker maker.
 I cut a piece of red card stock a little larger than the 
sticker for a backing.
 After sticking each picture on the red card stock 
I punched a small star on the bottom and at each corner.
 All 12 complete...beautiful group of young ladies!

The gifts will be given to the girls on Game Day December 15, 2013!  
They will leave for Korea on Monday the 16th!
Each gift was MADE WITH LOVE!
Merry Christmas and Safe Travels
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