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« on: May 31, 2010 11:43:16 PM »

I am expecting my first child in September, and we don't move into our new home until August, so I haven't been able to nest in the truest sense.
So to occupy my idle hands, I decided to make a mobile for the baby.
We do not know what sex it is yet, so I'm just going for colourful decorations in a neutral room (when we get a chance to paint it!).
So I looked for inspiration on the 'net and came up with origami cranes made out of fabric (which I stiffened).
I also had a lot of fun at the patchwork store rummaging through the fat quarters looking for the best colours and patterns.
Here are a few pics.  Smiley




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« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2010 12:27:02 AM »

Those are all beautiful! I always wished I could fold cranes. I haven't tried to in quite a few years though. Tongue
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« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2010 12:42:33 AM »

Beautiful! What a great idea!
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« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2010 02:50:37 AM »

Congratulations!  And your mobile is beautiful!  What did you use to stiffen the fabric with?
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« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2010 03:55:10 AM »

Thanks!
I used Plaid Stiffy Fabric Stiffener! And it does what it says ~ its a water based formula and non-toxic.
I also tried spray starch but it wasn't as effective. Stiffy really made the fabric almost like paper. You can dilute it with water but I just used it straight and I was happy with the result. The stiffer the better! And it helps prevent fraying of the edges of the fabric.
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« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2010 12:32:20 PM »

do you stiffen the fabric before you fold it? That is so neat and pretty. I love how colorful the finished product is. Very cute and lovely job!
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« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2010 05:38:01 PM »

Yes, I stiffened the fabric before I folded. Makes it much easier to handle, like paper.
That way you can evenly distribute the stiffy liquid over the flattened fabric. I also ironed it after it had dried out, cos it makes the fabric go a bit crumply. And I would apply the stiffy to the correct side of the fabric, so it looks even.
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« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2010 08:39:02 AM »

Yes, I stiffened the fabric before I folded. Makes it much easier to handle, like paper.
That way you can evenly distribute the stiffy liquid over the flattened fabric. I also ironed it after it had dried out, cos it makes the fabric go a bit crumply. And I would apply the stiffy to the correct side of the fabric, so it looks even.
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Awesome. That is so cool! thanks for sharing! I now really want to make something like this!
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