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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Nursery Project #2: Fabric Bird Mobile Tutorial

I used this as my submission into Round 3 of Creative Bloggers Got Talent competition and I made it into the Top 10 with it. :)

I wanted something fun and whimsical for a mobile for Baby M and since we aren't buying a bedding set and making our own, I knew I would be making it. So here is what I came up with:

And after she gets to old for a mobile, it can stay as a cute decoration in another place in the room! PERFECT! :)


Happy Hour Projects linked up her little bird stuffies to a Catch a Glimpse Party back at the beginning of the year and as soon as I saw them, I got the idea to make some for a mobile!
So once I finally decided on the fabric theme, I used all the samples I had to get to work.

Here's how you can make one too:

Supplies:
-Fabric
-Poly-fill
-Sewing Machine
-Tree branch
-Elastic
-Fishing wire
-Eye Hook

How-to:
Start by creating a template for your birds.
I had to make mine smaller than Adrianne did since mine were for a mobile.
I used my cricut to cut out my birds, (hence the random letter in the center of the bird... just ignore that!), and made one 6", one 5", and one 3", for a little bird family.
The green cutouts are for the belly that I just free handed.

Trace each template on the corresponding fabrics and then cut them out.
I also decided to add wings for more details.
Make sure you cut a bird facing in each direction!

First, I applied the wings the applique stitch on all the bird bodies.
(I know it mine looks rough... first time trying that!)

Then, pin the belly onto one side of the body, with the right sides of the fabrics facing each other.

Sew the belly onto the body.

Then, line up the second body piece to what you just sewed and pin the belly piece down.
Sew along the belly.
After the belly piece is all attached, sew along the outside of the body of the bird making sure to leave a gap to turn right sides out and fill.

Sew and stuff all 3 birds.

Time to hand stitch the hole closed.

I used clear thread to do this job so it wouldn't be too noticeable.

To attach the birds to the branch, I cut an elastic hair tie and hot glued it to the bottom center of the bird. You could use regular elastic as well and sew it in but this works just fine and the hair band blends in with the brown of the branch. Plus, it kinda looks like the birds legs!

Go outside and cut a branch that you like and then just place the birds on the branch where ever you like best.
I place a small amount of hot glue on the branch as well to keep the birds sturdy.

Travis used fishing wire to tie to the branch so it is invisible when it is hanging and then tied the fishing wire to an eye hook he put in the ceiling above the crib.
This way, we can just tap it and it will spin freely.

We hung it over one end of the crib so Baby M can admire it.

I love my little bird family mobile and hope that Baby M will enjoy staring at it for years to come!



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allison

32 comments:

  1. What a neat idea. It turned out so cute. Many Thanks for sharing, I pinned this to my DIY board. :)

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    1. Thanks so much! And thanks for pinning it! I appreciate it! :)

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  2. Oh, Allison, this is absolutely darling! Such a cute idea for a mobile and using the fishing wire was genius. :)

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  3. That is adorable!

    Newest Linky follower here. Love your blog! So glad I found it! Come by and visit me at http://www.hopesanddreamsstudio.blogspot.com/

    I have a page for Blog Buttons in the top tabs. Leave a button if you like so others can find you. If you have a place for mine, I'd appreciate that too.

    Nice to meet you.
    Jacque
    It's A Handmade World

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  4. Allison, these sweet birds are perfection! I love every teeny tiny detail of this mobile!

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  5. Allison, that mobile is just adorable! Thanks for hosting a great party. Enjoy your day. Megan

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  6. I love this! So pretty! I planned on doing this in my son's room and then ended up going with a different theme. But if I have another one, I definitely want to use one!

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  7. This is a lovely project, thanks for sharing. I appreciate the bird tutorial because I think they are adorable and can be used in lots of different ways!

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  8. love those little birdies! Such a fun idea!

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  9. Allison-This is sooooo cute. I just love the colors and the use of the real branch-love using "real" nature!Please, please, if you have a sec, come link it up at Too Much Time On My Hands link party going on till Monday night:)
    xxx Kim
    http://too-much-time.com/2012/03/get-schooled-saturday-15-dont-stop-the-party.html

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  10. Those birdies are adorable! Visiting from the TT&J party. Great job - can't wait to make some, too. :)

    sara @ applestonedrive.blogspot.com

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  11. Super sweet and cute!
    I am featuring it tomorrow... Thank you so much for sharing it over at the party!

    Have a great weekend Allison!

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  12. Such a great idea!! I love the little birds- the fabrics are so cute! I would love to try this! Nice work!

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  13. awww I love these lil birdies!!! :)

    Found you on TT & J and would love for you to come by join us on our linky party and link this up! :)

    http://www.littleinspiration.com/2012/03/create-inspire-party-features_23.html

    Thanks!!!

    Angie from ALI

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  14. So cute! Love it! I'm your newest follower. I'd love you to drop by my blog too - www.knotallthatiseam.com. Thanks! x Julie

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  15. This is adorable! I shared it on my facebook page (it would not let me tag you...annoying!). It is pure sweetness!

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  16. Allison - this is so stinkin' cute!! I love decorating with birds AND branches :)

    I featured this on my blog today:
    http://christinasadventures.com/2012/03/sunday-features-65.html

    I also pinned it:
    http://pinterest.com/christinasadven/20-below-features/

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  17. Very cute! You've inspired me to create something for my daughter's room. :)

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  18. I love how you have included the branch -very sweet! Lou

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  19. Love these sweet birdies! Thanks for linking up to "Cowgirl Up!"
    :) Samantha @ Crafty Texas Girls

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  20. This turned out fantastic! Great job. I hope you will add this to my Hippity Hop Easter Project Hop if you haven't already.

    http://www.itsybitsypaperblog.com/2012/03/hippity-hop-easter-project-hop.html

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  21. Too cute! I love how the mobile looks with the yellow back ground.

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  22. This is absolutely gorgeous! On of the sweetest mobiles I've seem!

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  23. That is the cutest mobile I think I've seen yet! One more project for me to add to my baby list!

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  24. Absolutely love this! I have a daughter that is 18 and she loves birds! I am going to make one for her! LOL Thanks for sharing, incredibly fun! Julie (the letter 4's mom)

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  25. So cute! Just found you on pinterest and am loving your mobile!

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