Thursday, 23 April 2020

Felt Weather Mobile Tutorial: Assembling the Mobile

Time to finish the weather mobile!

Earlier I shared tutorials for sewing a happy sun, a colourful rainbow, and fluffy clouds. Now you can learn how to assemble those pieces into a fun weather mobile.

Remember: as with all mobiles, this is a decoration not a toy so make sure you hang the finished project well out of reach of little fingers.

This tutorial originally appeared on The Village Haberdashery's blog - visit their shop for lots of crafty goodness!

To assemble the mobile, you will need:

White embroidery thread (or clear plastic “invisible” thread)
An embroidery hoop (about 8 inches)
A large, sharp sewing needle

To construct the mobile: 

1. Follow the steps in the earlier tutorials to make all your mobile pieces.I made four white clouds, two grey clouds, one grey raincloud, one sun and one rainbow.

The larger you want your mobile to be, the more pieces you’ll need! Plan the arrangement of your mobile, laying out the pieces in columns to get a mix of designs across the mobile – each column will be one strand of the mobile.

2. Cut three long pieces of white embroidery thread - one for each strand of the mobile. If you’re making a larger or smaller mobile, cut more or less thread as needed.

Thread a large sharp needle with one of the pieces and tie a large knot at one end. Pass the needle upwards through the first shape you want to add (the one which will hang at the bottom of a strand), carefully squashing the shape down so you can gently poke then pull the needle through the entire shape. Repeat to add all the pieces to the 3 strands of thread.

This step can be tricky so take care! Alternatively, you can use “invisible” clear plastic thread and running stitch to sew up the back of each piece – because the thread doesn’t show up, you can sew in and out of the felt without worrying about your stitches being visible when the mobile is displayed.

3. Tie the three strands of embroidery thread loosely to the inner ring of an embroidery hoop (approximately 8 inches wide), so they’re evenly spaced around the hoop. Adjust the positions of the felt mobile pieces until you’re happy with them then knot the threads securely to the hoop.

Now bring all three threads into the centre of the hoop and knot them together, making sure that the hoop hangs level. You can trim any excess thread once the mobile has been hung in position.

And you're done!

IMPORTANT: remember that this mobile is not a toy and should always be hung securely, well out of the reach of babies and young children. 

This tutorial is for non commercial use only: you can use it to make as many weather mobiles as you want for yourself or as gifts, but please don't make any for sale. You may borrow a couple of photos if you want to blog about this project, but remember to credit me and link back to this page on my blog, and do not reproduce my entire  post or share my pattern on your site. Thanks!

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Angela said...

HINT If you cannot find a hoop during lockdown, you can make one from a wire coat hanger. Find a saucepan 8" in diameter, and cut a piece of wire 27" long [cutting off the hook should yield that much wire] That will give you a piece long enough to wrap round the pan and twist the ends [bind sharp bits with tape or embroidery yarn] Using the pan will give you a good circular shape.

Bugs and Fishes said...

That's such a great suggestion, Angela, thank you! :)