Forage around in your craft supplies to make this cute kawaii hanging for kids
HOW TO MAKE AN AUTUMN MOBILE
Wool felt, 1mm thick in Natural (cream), Beige, Red, Fawn (light brown), Moss (dark green), Mocha (brown), Mustard and Apple (light green) (ours was from www. paper-and-string.net)
Felt balls, 2cm ( "), two of each in red and brown, and one in moss Wooden bead, 2cm ( ") Embroidery thread in black, white, pink and light brown Wooden embroidery hoop, 20cm (77/ 8")
Perle cotton thread in mustard Matching sewing thread Polyester toy stuffing It’s rare the autumn weather lives up to our picturesque expectations – we’re dreaming of crisp leafy strolls and chestnut foraging – but this beautiful woodland mobile has it covered.
Worked in rich seasonal hues that adults will love, and featuring cute kawaii faces that’ll make kids smile, this simple hanging is a winning piece for a little un’s room.
Turn to page 92 for a guide to the embroidery stitches used. We used a sewing machine for a quick finish, but you could easily sew the whole piece by hand instead.
Make sure to hang your mobile out of arm’s reach to prevent small fingers from pulling off parts.
01 Using the templates on page 92, cut two toadstool caps in Red, two acorn caps in Moss, two chestnut bodies in Mocha, two toadstool faces in Beige, two acorn faces in Beige, two chestnut faces in Fawn, two leaves in Apple, and two leaves in Mustard. Sew the pieces using matching thread throughout, unless stated otherwise.
02 Pin the acorn face piece onto a bigger felt piece in Natural, at least 0.5cm ( ") from the edge. Sew around the inside of the acorn face, as close to the edge as possible.
03 Place the acorn cap onto the Natural felt, overlapping the face, using the markings on the template as a guide. Sew as per Step 2.
04 Cut around the finished acorn, leaving approximately 0.25cm ( /8") 1 of Natural felt around the outside.
05 Place the acorn right side (RS) down on the Natural felt and trace the outline with an erasable marker pen. Repeat Steps 2-3 within the markings, then cut along the marked outline to create a matching acorn piece.
06 Using the template as a guide, mark the eyes and mouth onto both of the acorn pieces.
07 Embroider over the lines with three strands of black embroidery thread, using backstitch for the mouth and satin stitch for the eyes. You can also backstitch around the edge of the eyes after filling for a neat, round finish. Use six strands of pink thread and satin stitch to embroider the cheeks.
08 Embroider the acorn cap details on both sides using six strands of light brown embroidery thread and fly stitch, referring to the image as a guide to placement.
09 Thread a larger needle with a 1m (393/ 8") length of mustard perle cotton and tie a knot at one end. Thread the needle through the Natural felt at the top of the acorn on the wrong side ( WS), making sure not to go through to the front.
10 Pin the acorn pieces WS together, leaving the mustard thread in between, coming out at the top centre. Sew around the Natural felt allowance using blanket stitch, leaving a small gap for stuffing. Stuff, then sew closed.
11 Repeat Steps 2-10 to make the remaining decorations. The toadstool is sewn in the same way, but uses six strands of white embroidery thread and satin stitch to create the dots on the cap. For the chestnut, sew the body onto the Natural felt first, then add the face. Use six strands of light brown embroidery thread and straight stitch for the detail on the chestnut body. For the leaves, add detail using backstitch and six strands of light brown embroidery thread.
12 Thread a felt ball onto each hanging strand – brown for the leaves, red for the chestnut and acorn, and moss for the toadstool. Wrap the threads around the inner embroidery hoop several times until the ornaments hang at the desired length, leaving at least 30cm (117/ 8") of thread at the top, then knot to secure.
13 Tie the threads together 20cm ( 77/ 8") from the hoop, then make a second knot at the end of the threads to create a hanging loop. Thread on the wooden bead and push it down to cover the first knot.