How to Make a Butterfly Mobilecomments (8) March 24th, 2011
As you can see, I have butterflies on the brain lately. I think it's because I have a serious case of spring fever! It's true, it's hard to keep me inside during these months, so at the very least, I like to make things that remind me of sunny, spring days.
This spring-inspired mobile is a perfect accent for an outdoor wedding. Imagine how pretty a few of these would be hanging from the boughs of a tree!
What you'll need:
- Paper-backed fusible webbing
- Scraps of fabric in different prints and solids
- Fabric scissors
- About 8 yards Baker's twine, embroidery floss, or thin yarn
- One embroidery hoop (I used a 6-inch one, but you can use any size)
1. Print out the butterfly PDF and use a Sharpie to trace butterflies. I filled up two pages of the paper-backed fusible webbing.
2. Choose some fabric scraps. I chose a few florals, a solid, and a cute polka-dot print. If you are making these for a wedding or another celebration, match these fabrics to your wedding colors.
3. Roughly cut out each butterfly. Grab one butterfly, peel off the back (not the side that has the butterfly outline though!), and lay it on the wrong side of a piece of fabric. Iron the webbing to the fabric. Make sure to set your iron to dry and to the content of your fabric. Fold the fabric over so that the right sides are together and cut through both layers on the lines of your butterfly outline. Now you have two butterflies. Repeat for all the other butterflies, keeping the two butterflies together after you cut them.
4. Cut eight pieces of thread or yarn that range from 18 inches to 30 inches.
5. Grab one of your butterfly pairs and lay out one butterfly, webbing side up. Lay the string or yarn in the center of that and then the other butterfly right side up over that. Fuse together with an iron.
Continue doing this for the rest of the strands of string or yarn, fusing two to four butterflies per strand.
6. Now start tying the strands to the embroidery hoop. Divide the hoop into fourths, and tie the strands to the hoop accordingly. The easiest way to do this without getting the hoop all tangled is to hang the hoop as you're tying the strands on. I hung mine off a padded hanger.
Tie the other four strands in between the four strands you just tied on.
7. To hang, cut a piece of string and tie it to either side of the hoop. Hang from the ceiling, a tree branch, or a clothesline.
Just a quick note: Since I won't be posting weekly anymore, I wanted to take a moment to say something. I am really going to miss this wonderful community that we have all helped to create, but I'll be around from time to time. If you really miss me, I will still be blogging over at my personal site thisisloveforever.com and selling from time to time on my Etsy shop. Check out my book Appliqué Your Way with Chronicle Books. Please stay in touch!
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