Stiffened Fabric Butterfly Mobile

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Ever go into a fabric store and a certain fabric catches your eye and you wish you had a project to use it with?  Well this Fabric Butterfly Mobile tutorial will show you away to turn any fabric into a child's craft.  One of the hard parts about doing fabric crafts with kids is that fabric is hard for children to cut.  It usually requires special fabric scissors that are very sharp.  BUT there is a way that you can make any fabric as easy to cut as thick paper!!!  I hope you get excited about this as I am, hee hee!!  Check out how in our Butterfly Mobile Craft.

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Supplies Needed for a Stiffened Fabric Butterfly Mobile:

  • Any fabric with butterflies on it (preferably large butterflies to make it easier to cut)
  • Stiffy Fabric Stiffener (you should find it near the GLUE section in any fabric store, it's used to stiffen crochet pieces)
  • Something you want to hang your mobile from (I went to Habitat for Humanity Restore and bought an old lamp shade for $1 and used the top ring, but you could use wire, cross stitch hoop or a coat hanger...)
  • Beads
  • String for beading
  • Wide Ribbon
  • Low-temp glue gun

Directions a Stiffened Fabric Butterfly Mobile:

    • To stiffen your fabric, get a container used just for crafting and squirt a little of the Stiffner at a time spreading it around with your hands until the fabric is completly wet (or because it's thick you could double bag some grocery bags and but the fabric in the bag to apply the Siffener)

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    • Lay it out flat to dry.  I laid it out on a trash bag in the sun.
    • After it's dry you can easily cut the butterflies out with scissors
    • Next, thread beads on your string, stop where you want the butterfly and glue it on the string.  You can glue a matching butterfly to the other side to make it double sided.  Continue adding beads until you are done or get to the next spot you want to add a butterfly.  Repeat on a new string until you have as many strings as you want for you mobile.

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    • Next tie all you beaded strings your ring/wire/cross stitch hoop

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    • Then you'll want to cover your wire, start by gluing one end of your ribbon to the Ring and start wrapping, add extra loops as you're wrapping on top for hanging 

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One Tip:  You can iron your stiffened butterflies and then while they are cooling, you can shape them and it will hold their shape.

Did you try this craft? Let us know how it went! Happy Crafting!! Piggy Giggles

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  • Comment Link Purnima  Sudula Wednesday, 20 July 2011 08:45 posted by Purnima Sudula

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  • Comment Link yaga Thursday, 23 June 2011 01:38 posted by yaga

    this is SO beautiful! love it ;o)

  • Comment Link Jill Monday, 20 June 2011 19:22 posted by Jill

    This mobile is fabulous! I love how you made it - and might try this with my girls in the holidays!!

    I would love if you came over and linked this project to my weekly Round Tuit party at:
    http://jembellish.blogspot.com/
    Have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  • Comment Link Laina Saturday, 11 June 2011 04:21 posted by Laina

    What a cute idea! Thanks!

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