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:
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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