When I think of Valentine’s Day, I instantly gravitate to things that are hand made. The love that goes into creating something unique. And those little imperfections, that you can’t get with something manufactured, really capture the sentiment of the holiday.
My studio at home, where I do all my sewing and crafting, has begun a transformation. I love the space and focused for a long time on the furniture and layout. Now it is time to put an artistic stamp on the place. So in the spirit of Valentine’s Day I added this simple fabric hanging mobile to the studio window. I’ve hung it from the curtain valence so that it can spin freely over the window panes.
- 4″ fabric squares – I had a batch in pink, white, and red. You can usually buy pre-cut quilt squares on eBay for a great price. This will give you a variety of prints without having to buy a lot of fabric from say JoAnn Fabrics. The number of squares you need depends on how many items you want to dangle from your mobile. I used 18 squares.
- Pinking shears
- A branch of small fake flowers
- A few random buttons
- A few bows or other embelishments
- A small amount of stuffing
- A skein of embroidery floss
- Using the pinking shears cut out two squares at a time into circles and or hearts.
- Embellish as you wish using the bows, buttons and fake flowers.
- Making sure the wrong sides of the 2 pieces of fabric together, sew close to the edges around the shape to bind them. Be sure to leave a small gap/opening about a 1/2″ wide.
- Put a small amount of stuffing inside the opening. Don’t overstuff. You want just enough to give them a slight poof. You don’t want them to be too heavy either or they won’t float nicely on the mobile.
- Stitch the opening shut.
- Cut a piece of embroidery floss to random lengths for each strand in the mobile. Mine range from 14″ to a little over 20″.
- Tie the end of each strand into a small loop.
- Thread the other end of the stand into a large eye needle.
- Hand sew the strand carefully through the center of the sandwiched layers of one of your circles/ hearts. The first one should rest on top of the knot of the loop.
- Add more circles by tying knots a few inches above each circle and sewing the strand through the center.
- Finish the top of each strand with another loop. Leave it large enough if you want to hook it over say a chandelier. In my case I used very small safety pins and attached them to the hem on my window curtain.
I’ll have to explain how to make the little ume blossom strands another day. Photos of the steps are needed to properly explain. So for now, happy crafting everyone!