It was our big little girl 8th birthday recently. She wanted a birthday badge, and we decided to make one ourselves. Here is the original design:
And this is what came out of it:
The birthday girl picked the fabric (felt) and ribbon and the “gemstones”. She gathered the ribbon and the felt and placed the “gems”. I did the “8” by freehand machine embroidery with silver, golden and green thread (although only golden can be seen), stuck the gems with a glue gun and hand-stitched the ribbon frill to the badge. The now 8 year old proudly wore it to school, and I think it was a success!