Friday, May 11, 2012

DIY Bird Mobile

This precious little bird mobile is a great gift for that expecting friend of yours, or for your own little angel’s nursery.
Oh man, I think I’m getting baby fever!
1/4 yard each of four contrasting fabrics
needle and thread
polyester stuffing
10" and 12" wood embroidery hoops
monofilament or fishing line
about a dozen crimp tubes (available at beading stores)
needle-nose pliers, for flattening crimp tubes
staple gun and 1/4" staples

Sew each of the birds according to the Bird Pattern..  (<---click for pattern)
When you've made eight birds, sew them onto the inner ring of a 10" and a 12" embroidery hoop. The birds likely won't sit up or look great; you're just trying to figure out the spacing right now.
Cut three 30" lengths of monofilament (or one length and one double-length), and knot a loop at one end. Use crimp tubes to secure the knot on both sides. Mark the same length on each string, about 14" from the loop, in permanent marker. Wrap the string around the small embroidery loop, at the length marked on the string. Secure with a crimp bead.
Tie the large ring on below the smaller one. Fiddle with both rings until you've gotten them both reasonably level. Then secure all your knots with crimp beads.
Slide the large hoops onto the smaller hoops, and tighten to fit. Readjust the strings - they may need to be spaced unevenly around the hoops, depending on how your birds are spaced, in order to get the hoops level and well balanced. Once you're happy, secure the string placement with a staple.
Now go back and sew each bird securely into place. The extra width afforded by the outer hoop will make it easier to get the birds to stand up straight.
That’s it! Now go plan your friend’s baby shower or help decorate the nursery!
credits [ecabononline]

What theme did you (or will you) choose for your baby’s nursery?
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  1. I'm in love with this idea! I just might have to get crafty and do this for baby #2!

  2. Post pictures if you do :)I think I have a case of the baby fever! Especially with most of my girlfriends preggers!

  3. Will do :)Just remember the first trimester, I think that will be my greatest form of birth control after this baby! lol

  4. For me it was the second trimester..that was the worst! I actually had to go to the ER at one point to get put on an IV to rehydrate. It was horrible- but the sweet dimply smiles are so worth it! :)

    1. Geez, that's scary. But I completely agree, the smiles make all the aches and pains worth it!