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Topic: How to make a Softies Sky Mobile! Tutorial  (Read 4710 times)
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vogliounamelablu
« on: April 09, 2010 04:07:28 AM »

Here's the new Softies Sky mobile for my coming soon baby!


I was thinking about this project since I found Shakashuka's and Urbancraft's Cloud Mobiles, and Soozs solution for a wire mobile...

http://www.shak-shuka.com/Rain-of-Colors-Mobile-Blue-p488.html
http://www.flickr.com/photos/urbancraft/4291495239/
http://soozs.blogspot.com/2007/06/how-to-make-felt-and-wire-mobile.html

And now it's ready!



How to make it (and why I made it like this):

You'll need a wire clothes hanger and patterns for sky objects. You can find here my home made patterns of cloud, moon, sun, star, drop and rainbow:
http://www.scribd.com/Softies-Sky-Mobile-Patterns/d/29589507
Choose the fabrics you want to use. I used coloured satin for sun ad drops, felt for the star, white piquet for the cloud and silver fabric for the moon. I like the differences of light reflection on each fabric..
Cut the patterns out of the fabric, remembering to add the seam allowance if you'll use the sewing machine. To have a symmetric cloud I superimposed two layers of fabric and I bended them. Than I placed the central straight line of the cloud at the fold and cutted together the 4 layers of fabric.
Sew each softie and fill it with padding; than embroyder the faces on one side of the softie (to obtain an appear-disappear effect).


I used the stem stitch and embroydered smiling faces. The night objects (moon and star) are sleeping: I hope it will bring good luck for my coming soon son's sleep habits!


Before sewing the cloud, insert the clothes hanger and fill with padding.
At the end you can sew each softie to the cloud with transparent wire and add musical or coloured elements in other materials. I added some little tubular bells and some little coloured bells (to remember the rain's sounds), a crystal drop (to catch the light like a prism) and some rainbow elements that I made with Eberhard Faber Efaplast Light.



If you want your mobile to be manipulated by a little baby, I suggest to use satin tapes directly tied to the clothes hanger and sewed through the cloud's lower sewing. You can sew other satin tapes at the top of the softies and tie them to the cloud tapes. It will be solid and safe!

My mobile is a fragile one, and it's not safe 'cause of the little parts: it's only made to charm...

Sorry again for my english. The original -italian- post of this tutorial is here:
http://vogliounamelablu.blogspot.com/2010/04/giostrina-musicale-per-bambini-tutorial.html
And here you can find the Flickr photos:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/13298679@N08/sets/72157623689093961/
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« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2010 05:22:09 AM »

You did a beautiful job. Lucky baby.
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« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2010 12:42:50 PM »

Thanks for this wonderful tutorial! Very sweet.
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« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2010 08:27:14 AM »

thanks! I hope it'll be useful!
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