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*
- 1 x fat quarter of Dr Seuss illustrated cotton.
- 0.5m of red and white striped cotton.
- Toy stuffing
- White thread
- Fabric chalk
- Seam gauge
- Fabric Shears
- Hand sewing needles, and
- Seam ripper.
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.
2. The fabric pieces were pinned to the red and white stripe material, wrong sides together and cut out.
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.
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.
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.
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?