Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Felt Rain Cloud Mobile and Raindrop Garland Tutorial

Rain Cloud Mobile Tutorial | Red Circle Crafts

This tutorial grew out of my great and abiding love of mobiles and an interest in tormenting my cats by hanging things just out of their reach.

This is a pretty easy project, especially great for a beginner sewer or as a hand sewing project. Felt is pretty easy to work with and hides mistakes well.

What you need:

Rain Cloud Mobile Tutorial | Red Circle Crafts

Sewing machine (optional)
Needle & Thread (I used gray)
3 - 4 Colors of felt (2 sheets for the cloud color, and 1 sheet each of the rest)
Polyester Fiberfill
Scissors
Pins
Pattern

Rain Cloud Mobile Tutorial | Red Circle Crafts

Step One

Using the printable pattern, cut out 2 pieces of the cloud and 2 pieces of rain for each color raindrop. If you also wish to make the raindrop garlands, cut out as many extra of the raindrops as you'd like. I used 33 raindrops in three garlands.

Rain Cloud Mobile Tutorial | Red Circle Crafts

Step Two

Pin and sew around the edge of the cloud. Back stitch at the beginning and end so it doesn't come apart when you stuff it. If you are hand sewing, I suggest a running stitch, back stitch, or blanket stitch around the edge.

Leave a small opening unsewn, large enough to get your hand through to stuff all the way into the corners.

Rain Cloud Mobile Tutorial | Red Circle Crafts

Step Three

Stuff the cloud lightly. It makes it easier to sew up on the sewing machine if you push all the stuffing as far from the opening as possible.

Then sew it closed.

 

Rain Cloud Mobile Tutorial | Red Circle Crafts

Step 4

Sew together, with a blanket stitch, two pieces of rain, leave a small opening in order to add stuffing. Finish sewing it closed, leaving some extra thread to attach to the cloud. Repeat with each color of felt. I have 4 raindrops hanging from my cloud.

Rain Cloud Mobile Tutorial | Red Circle Crafts

Step 5

Attach the thread from the raindrops to the cloud, using a needle, thread your leftover strings through the seam inside the felt edges and tie a double knot. This way your knots are completely hidden.

Rain Cloud Mobile Tutorial | Red Circle Crafts

Step 6

Make a raindrop garland to hang with your mobile. Take the extra raindrops and make three piles, or one for each garland you wish to make. Run the raindrops vertically through the sewing machine one at a time, but without cutting the thread until you reach the end of the pile. I used the longest stitch length. I started at the bottom raindrop and worked my way up, alternating colors and then ran the machine to give me some extra thread to hang it with at the top. A tip: keep pulling the previous raindrop as you start the next, it will keep the threads from bunching up.

Rain Cloud Mobile Tutorial | Red Circle Crafts

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