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There’s a cat in my hat…

He brought us the likes of  The Cat in the Hat, The Grinch and Sam I am.  He took us on adventures, encouraged our sense of curiosity, mischief, and taught us a few life lessons along it way.  It’s the return of the one and only, Dr. Seuss.

You may remember that I was asked a few weeks ago I was asked to create a Dr Seuss inspired Baby mobile for my friends little one. If you missed it, don’t worry click here to catch up on the story so far!  At the time I promised to write a tutorial so you could make your own at home if you fancied.  Now, I’m not one to go back on a promise, so may i present to you Wee & Twee’s first step by step tutorial ! *Gulp*

 

Materials:

  • 1 x fat quarter of Dr Seuss illustrated cotton.
  • 0.5m of red and white striped cotton.
  • Toy stuffing

Tools:

  • White thread
  • Fabric chalk
  • Seam gauge
  • Fabric Shears
  • Hand sewing needles, and
  • Seam ripper.

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Steps:

1.  Firstly I chose which of the eight illustrations I wanted to use for this project, making sure there was adequate spacing between them.  An inch seam allowance was marked with chalk around each picture, using a seam gauge to make sure an equal distance all the way around.  Cut out using fabric shears.

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2. The fabric pieces were pinned to the red and white stripe material, wrong sides together and cut out.

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3.  Arrange the pieces with the right sides together (the pictures and stripes facing each other) and pin.  Using the sewing machine and a 5/8″ seam allowance, sew the pieces together.  Leave about an inch open at the top of each.  Turn out and press each of the pieces.

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4.  Stuff each with toy stuffing until full.

 

5.  To make the loops which will attach the pendants to the mobile frame, cut a length of the red and white stripe fabric.  I cut a width of about 3″ and then pinned the right sides together length ways, so you end up with a long tube.  Sew using a 3/8″ seam allowance on the sewing machine.  Turn out and iron flat.IMG_6672

 

6. Using the stripes as a gauge, cut the tube up equally.  Each one of my pieces had 6 stripes.  This is a really good way to get an even look and finish on each pendant.

 

7.  Loop each section and pin into the openings of your little cushions.  Using a hand needle and a thread, sew the closure with small pinprick stitches, enclosing all the raw edges and securing the loops.

 

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And there you have it, one baby mobile with 8 cushion- like pendants!  I am sending these to my friend this week, and I’m looking forward to getting a picture of them on the actual  frame.  I really enjoyed doing this little project, it was definitely outside my comfort zone!  Are you working on any exciting projects at the moment?  Leave a comment below and get in touch.  Now, what will my next project be?

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