Friday, October 16, 2015

DIY Rain Drop Mobile

Admittedly, this project was made about six months ago - one of those "I have been meaning to do this for years and even bought all the supplies for it months ago. Better just get 'er done."

It was inspired by a combination of the paper mobiles I made for Kiddo's first birthday, plus a Pinterest find. I chose to run with the colors, clouds, and rain drops because they fit with Kiddo's room "theme" (a very loose sort of theme, if you can even call it that).

I feel like I'm a broken record saying this, but again, sewing with paper is really stupid easy. The most time consuming part was cutting out I-don't-even-know how many rain drops and clouds by hand.

DIY Rain Drop Mobile

You will need:

  • paper (duh)
  • scissors (also duh)
  • pencil and eraser
  • sewing machine and thread
  • yard stick ruler - I found one for $2 (I think?) in the paint section of our local home improvement store.
  • sanding paper/block (optional)
How you make it:

1. (This step is optional.) Sand your yard stick down to make it look more worn down-slash-get rid of the bright blue printed numbers across it. If you're feeling really crazy, you could probably also stain it a bit to make it look vintage.

2. If you have a small child, find them some sort of entertainment. If they're asleep, find yourself some sort of entertainment. A movie is a great option.

3. Either find or make a template of a cloud and a rain drop. I made one size rain drop, and two sizes of clouds.

4. Chop, chop. Trace and cut your rain drops and clouds to your heart's content. I think I cut 22 or 23 of each color rain drop, 12 large clouds, and 20 small clouds.

Note: I wanted to give the clouds more of a 3D effect, so I made double the number I wanted, sewed two paper pieces together, and slightly folded the front one to get that effect.

5. Lay out your pieces to (1) decide just how you want it to look, and (2) to keep things in order when you sew. I went through various iterations of color schemes, but decided to run with the one below.

6. Sewing time! Carefully pile the first column (top to bottom) to keep the order you want. For example, mine went cloud-two pink-cloud-three yellow-etc. Before starting to sew, give yourself about 9-12 inches of thread, which you will eventually use to tie to the yard stick.

7. Starting with the top one (cloud), sew straight from top to bottom on each piece of paper. Give about a half an inch between each piece.

Note: here are some pictures showing what I mean about the 3D clouds. I put two cloud pieces on top of each other and sewed them together. After I was done, I folded the top cloud on each side of the seam to have it pop out for effect.

Another note: if you run out of thread in the middle of one of your mobiles, don't fret.  All you need to do is get more thread in your machine, and then start sewing again on the paper over the last couple of stitches.  After you've finished, you can go back and cut off the excess thread.

8. Once all your columns are sewn together, tie them to the yard stick as evenly as you'd like. I wrapped around twice and tied super-de-duper tight, knowing it would be placed above my child's bed and would likely get some abuse from playing and tugging on it.

9. Hang it up and admire your handiwork! I simply used two nails on each end of the yard stick to set it on.  Feel free to do what you need.

Total cost: $2 (or whatever) for the yard stick. Extra cost would come if you didn't have any of the other above supplies.

Happy crafting!

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