Sunday, September 14, 2014

Pinspiration Sunday: DIY Mobile

Are you tired of nursery DIY tutorials? Me neither! So here's another one...DIY mobile.

My inspiration came from this picture on Pinterest from an Etsy Shop called  Marigold Poms.

I could make something like this

Here's how I made mine...

Embroidery hoop (I used a 12in)
fabric in varying colors
hot glue

spray paint (I used a cream color)
Bird (which I made)
sewing machine
matching thread

First things first you have to make your pom poms. I used different types of fabric which included cottons, fleece and felt. I cut out a bunch of circles for each fabric.

Next, instead of buying Styrofoam balls, I decided to use corks, which I have a ton of (saving them for some other project I might get around to doing someday). I cut them in half. 

Here's a video to show you exactly how I assembled them.

Next, I wanted to incorporate a bird into the mobile. I used the fabric bird tutorial I found on Lavender's Blue Designs . You can click over to her page for the pattern and follow her directions from there. I also took pictures along the way to show you the process. 

After you print and cut out the FREE pattern, you can trace each piece onto the fabric you plan to use. You will trace and cut out 2 bird shapes and 2 wing shapes but only 1 bottom.

Next, I used an overcasting stitch to attach one wing to each bird. 

Then, with the right sides of the two birds facing each other, sew along the top of the bird from the beak to the tail .

No you want to start on the bottom. Remember, the right sides of the fabric should face each other. Pin along the edge and sew, first one side then the other.

Now that it's sewn, turn it right side out.

Now it's time to stuff it. I used the stuffing from an old toy my son no longer plays with. Once you've stuffed it, you want to sew the tail. And you should get something like this.

For the embrodiery hoop, I spray painted mine a cream color and allowed it to dry completely.

Next I used ribbon to attach the pom poms I made and enough to hang the mobile. It goes something like this

I used orange thread that was quadrupled up to attach the bird which was tied into the middle knot of the ribbon seen in the middle of the hoop. Then I used a thicker string to hang the mobile from the ceiling.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

DIY Bird Pillowcase

I really wanted to have a throw pillow somewhere in baby girl's room. But since I had custom bedding, I would need a custom pillow. Now, as I have warned you in the past I'm not a great sewer...I'm not even sure if I'm a good one...but I did come up with this: 

This is how I made it...

Throw pillow to cover...I used a 12X12 purchased from JoAnn Fabrics
fabric to cover the pillow
2 accent fabrics for bird
buttons (I used 3)
sewing machine
measuring  and cutting tools

I cut two pieces of fabric, one measured 14in X 14in and the other was 14in X 17in. 

I used a left over decor fabric which had a nice finished edge to it. If you don't have a finished edge create one by sewing a hem along the end of the fabrics which will be your open end. You do this by folding you fabric over once and then again, pin and sew. This creates no raw edges.

Next, I needed a bird. I pinned a great fabric bird tutorial from Lavender's Blue Design FOREVER ago and was finally going to use it. You can get the printable template at the link above. I chose to use orange fleece material I had and the wing accent was from a bird on the crib sheet bedding. I traced the template and cut out each piece, pinned them where I wanted them and sewed them in place on the front facing piece of fabric (this will be the larger of the two pieces) using a overcasting stitch. 

Next, it was time to sew the two pieces of fabric together. Have the right sides of fabric facing each other and sew along the three sides that match in measurement. Leaving one end open.

Next, snip the inside corners like this 

Then you can flip the pillowcase right side out and stuff in the pillow.

Not sure how one would actually handle this, but here's what I did...My front fabric, once folded to the back kind of stuck up on the top and bottom so I decided to fold the fabric in and sew it at an angle.

Next, I marked using a piece of chalk where I wanted my buttons to go...I didn't measure to make them perfect, just eye-balled it. I used my sewing machine on a button hole setting and created the holes for my buttons. Once those holes were created, I placed the fabric how it would lay once the buttons were attached, marked through the button holes where the buttons should be placed, then sewed the buttons on by hand. I got something like this: 

All done! Now it can be placed in the crib (for now anyways) or on a chair or wherever you want.

I hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial. Thank you so much for stopping by and checking it out.