Winter Mountain Mobile

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I’m just a little bit obsessed with mountains at the moment, they are popping up everywhere over at our place.

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Oh and bears, bears feature heavily too.

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I have been meaning to make Roo a mobile since he was born, but it’s taken me a while!  Anyway, I was forced into it yesterday as at the weekend he destroyed his swallows mobile, which was my fault really as I should have moved them before he could get his paws on them.  They were still attached to the cot, from when he was very small, now that he is moving around and grabbing etc it was only going to be a matter of time before they got it.  They ‘got it’ after nap time two days ago when I walked in to find one of the birds crumpled in his hand.

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So yesterday afternoon I sewed the trees, mountains and bears:

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I spent the evening assembling the rest.  If you would like to have a go at making a mobile like this you will need the following:

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I knotted the fishing wire, and used a needle with a large eye to thread on the shapes and felt beads.  I tied each length of wire onto the inner circle from the embroidery hoop as well as some lengths for hanging and then tightened the outer circle over the top.

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I like the muted colours of the shapes with the brighter colours of the felt beads and the different lengths of wire.  I am going to add one of these on a ‘made to order’ basis to my Etsy, as well as some hanging decorations just in time for Christmas.

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Hare Yoga Guru

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Now this wasn’t supposed to be a wanton ‘Look at me and how good I am at yoga’  post.  But, I think once you see what me and the hare got up to this morning, you will all be queuing at my door.   It started harmlessly enough:

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and then this:

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and then things just got silly!

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This hare was made from a repurposed lambswool jumper and a woollen tweed jacket sleeve.  I liked this jacket as it had little flecks of blue in the tweed.  It’s legs, arms and ears are the perfect size for little fingers to curl around.

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Dinobaby

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Well, after the hand claps cushion I made for Father’s day, I couldn’t leave that lovely tweed alone and so I made this little guy for my little guy.

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I really love making toys, for some reason it is just so fulfilling, maybe it’s just because this one was made from something old and lovely into something new and sweet.

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It’s also fun to make toys as they don’t usually take as long.  You can whip up a dinosaur, zebra or sea otter(!) in an afternoon or evening, so there is an element of instant gratification which can be nice when you are crocheting monster blankets the rest of the time.

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Father’s Day Hand Claps Cushion

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This year, it was Matt’s first Father’s Day, so I thought I would make him something special that he could keep for years to come.  I decided it would be a nice memory to have Roo’s hands printed or something and this idea came about as I love embroidery and thought it would be something we could pass on to Roo eventually.

 

I know Matt is a fan of tweed and I picked up a nice Magee tweed jacket a few years ago in a charity shop, it was lovely fabric but huge!  My first thought when I bought it was to give it to someone who would wear it, but I just didn’t know anyone it would fit.  So, the Fantastic Mr Fox jacket became this Father’s day cushion:

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The cutting was all very free hand, but you could easily make your own version.  You will need these things:

One lovely old jacket,  one fabric pen or Sharpie, a tape measure or ruler, embroidery threads in your choice of colour,  cushion insert and a needle.

 

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I (carefully!) deconstructed the jacket to begin with, then I cut a 15 inch square from the back panel of the jacket, there is a seam that runs down the front of the cushion.  Then, I constructed the back of the cushion from the jacket button fastening and some squares from the front panels.

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I sewed the parts together and then fashioned this into a 15 inch square too using the front as a guide.

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I then drew round Roo’s hands and cut them out of paper.

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I used a fabric pen to draw around his hands and I was ready to start embroidering.  I split the thread into 3 strands and used chain stitch and a simple running stitch but the possibilities are endless.

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The last thing to do was to pin the front and back right sides together and then sew around the edges.  You could overlock or zigzag along the edges to make sure they don’t fray and I cut the corners to make it easier to turn out.  Lastly turn right side out push the corners out and stuff with your cushion insert. C’est fait mon cher!

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