Au­tumn mo­bile

For­age around in your craft supplies to make this cute kawaii hanging for kids

Mollie Makes - - INSIDE THIS ISSUE -

HOW TO MAKE AN AU­TUMN MO­BILE

MA­TE­RI­ALS

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.

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