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Topic: Nautical Mobile from old jeans and a table cloth (pic. overload)  (Read 1997 times)
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« on: February 04, 2014 03:11:58 PM »

I was given the honor of making the mobile for my best friend's baby.  She was thinking of a pirate themed nursery and since I am who I am (slightly crazy) I spent hours browsing the web for ideas.  I had this grand plan of making a felt pirate ship in the middle with a palm tree, treasure chest, pirate flag, pirate, treasure map and a shark around it. As I was about to start cutting the felt (I kid you not) I received a text from my best friend saying she was thinking a nautical theme would be better.  I almost climbed through the phone and strangled her but seeing as she is carrying my Godchild I held myself back. 

Thankfully it did not take me long at all to decide I wanted to make a whale mobile.  Once upon a time I had made my niece a whale out of jeans so I went with what I know.  My other half, Art, has a need to never throw away any jeans so I took this opportunity to steal two pairs of jeans that needed to be retired 10 years ago.  I wanted to the whale to have a lighter belly so two different pairs of jeans were needed.  I cut out my pattern and sat down at my sewing machine only to find it did not want to sew any longer...the motor was dead.  I am not sure how I managed to kill it but I did. 

I really wanted to continue on the mobile so I decided hand-stitching was the way to go.  As I was thinking of stuffing the whale I thought it would be cool if the tail and fins could bend and hold shape.  I found some pipe cleaners and used them as the stuffing for the tail and fins.  I think it turned out well because it makes the whale have more of a sense of motion. 

I decided that little fish and driftwood were the finishing touches the whale needed.  I went in search of some nauticalish (yup I have created a new word) fabric and came upon a truly hideous tablecloth I got in a grab bag at a church sale.  It was a fake patchwork tablecloth straight out of the 70s.  The thing was there were a few awesome patches.  I then made a pattern of a fish that fit in the cool fabric portion of the tablecloth and hand stitched them shut.  I decided that the fish should bend as well so it would look like they are swimming through water. Thankfully I have lots of pipecleaners in my stash. 

I really love how it turned out.  I haven't seen it in the nursery yet but I have been told by the BFF it couldn't be more perfect!

« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2014 06:25:23 AM »

It looks great. Good job!

« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2014 11:10:28 PM »

This looks so great!  All the little fishies and the whale are awesome.  The details are amazing, the driftwood, the little hooks the fish hang from, very cool.  How did you get it to balance so well?
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« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2014 07:12:20 AM »

How adorable is that little whale??  Great job.  What a beautiful addition to a nursery.

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« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2014 07:55:45 AM »

Congratulations! This has been chosen as a Featured Project! Smiley

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