Continuing on with the nursery decor, I thought I’d make a little cloud and heart mobile! I didn’t follow a pattern in particular but used a heart template and a cloud template that I found online. If you’d like to make your own, here is what I did!
For the hearts, you can find the template I used here. (I used the smallest heart on the template for the mobile and shrunk that heart 50% with a photocopier for the appliquéd heart on the cloud.)
For the cloud, you can find the template I used here.
To make the mobile, I started with making the hearts. I wanted 2 blue, 2 yellow and 2 pink so I cut 4 rectangles that would fit the heart template in each colour.
Now, I know most people cut out the shape first and then sew. Since these hearts were pretty small, I decided to trace the shape onto the fabric first, sew on the line leaving a small opening and then I cut it out with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
(I left a little extra seam allowance at the opening so it would be easier to close after it was turned. I also made little snips around the top of the heart so it would turn right side out nicely.)
Now, for the exciting part…turning the hearts! I used to dread this part but with the “Dritz Quick Turn” tool, it was so easy! I love this tool and feel it was the best $8 I’ve spent on sewing notions – it comes with 3 tubes in different sizes.
To get started, first you stick the tube inside the opening.
Then from the opposite end, insert the “chopstick” into the opening of the tube.
Then push the fabric over the chopstick.
Set the tube aside and use the chopstick to push out the seams of the heart. The whole process takes about 30 seconds!
After I sewed 6 hearts, I pressed them and stuffed them with polyfill.
Now, if this was a toy, I would hand stitch each heart closed BUT since it’s a mobile that won’t really be handled, I closed each heart up with a dollop of hot glue. (It saves time and no one will notice!)
See? How cute! 🙂
Okay, now on to the cloud. I used the same technique as I did for the hearts. First I traced the cloud onto the wrong side of my white fabric using a disappearing ink marker .
Before sewing with right sides together, I added a mini appliqué heart to each side of the cloud.
To appliqué, first, trace 2 tiny hearts onto the wrong side fabric and cut them out. Trace 2 tiny hearts onto the paper side of “Heat N Bond” and cut them out too. The “Heat N Bond” is great for appliqué projects because it holds little shapes in place without pins. (Make sure you use Heat N Bond that is meant to be sewn through on a sewing machine.)
To apply the heart to the cloud, iron the rough side of the Heat N Bond heart to the wrong side of fabric heart. (Please excuse the busy ironing board cover!)
After, peel off the paper backing, apply the heart where you want it on the cloud and secure into place by pressing over it again with an iron.
Once the heart is in place, stitch around the perimeter with a small, zig-zag stitch.
To sew the cloud together, I used the very same technique as the hearts.
First, stitch on the line of the cloud the was drawn leaving a small opening. Cut out the cloud with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Turn right side out using the tube turner tool and press the seams. Stuff with poly-fil. Instead of gluing this seam closed, I hand stitched the cloud closed using a ladder stitch.
Finally, I sewed the hearts to the cloud with some white thread and a long embroidery needle.
To sew on the hearts, mark where each string of hearts should be on the cloud with a pin.
Tie a knot in the end of long piece of doubled thread, and insert the needle into the top of the cloud and out the bottom where you marked your first pin.
Gently pull the thread until the knot is pulled inside of the cloud. Draw the needle through the first heart until you have it at the desired length and tie a knot at the bottom of the heart. Draw the needle through the second heart until you have it at the desired length and tie a knot at the bottom again. (If you look at the picture carefully you can see the knot I had started to tie at the bottom of the second heart.)
Before you cut the end of the thread, pull the needle back through the heart and out the top, pull tight and snip the end. By doing it this way, there are no loose ends of thread sticking out.
I repeated this process with the yellow and blue hearts…
Before long, I was done!
I loved this project because it was fairly quick and easy and a super cute addition to the nursery. Let me know if you give it a try!