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Girl Sprouts is an official GSUSA program, though only some councils currently participate - and all the councils that do participate do it differently. It is designed for girls who are at least four years old and not yet in kindergarten. It's a great option for the tagalongs, siblings and Girl Scouts-to-be in your troop.
There is only this official patch for girls who complete the program and no official uniform piece, so I created this unofficial yellow vest as a solution.
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Other Girl Sprout Resources:
I really like this detailed program description, with specific suggested activities for each flower task:
And the standard booklet, in picture form. I recommend thinking creatively about the spirit of the flower tasks, and finding something that works for you. Click to enlarge.
I love this bright yellow canvas I found at Jackman's Fabrics, the best sewing shop in the whole world! It's happy, optimistic, easy to wear, and quite easy to spot in a crowd of blue or brown vests.
Jess Abbott at Sewing Rabbit has this FREE Vest Pattern available for download! I simplified it a lot - I'm not using pockets or buttons, but patterns are still essential (at least for me!) for getting the right fit through the armholes and shoulders. So thanks to Jess! It's EXACTLY perfect for this project!
But to make it look like a Girl Scout vest, it needed a couple modifications:
The right way to sew this is to attach the shoulder seams first, and then do the sides. I do the shoulders and sides using a french seam, which finishes the seam nicely and keeps all raw edges tucked away. Here is a good Craftsy tutorial for french seams. They're really very easy!
After the shoulders were together, I double hemmed to the outside to get the edging characteristic of Girl Scout vests, like on this Brownie vest (yes, it has a zipper!). I did this all the way around the front curve, around the back of the neck, and back down to the front, as well as around the armholes and the bottom. While these steps could really be done in any order, it's important to at least do the shoulder seams very first, as ironing those curves is all much easier if you can lay the whole curve down flat.
Once all three pieces are put together and finished, now for the fun stuff. Here I added a troop number...
And a council fun patch and an inside pocket made of the Riley Blake fabric line! You could cover the back with fun patches too!