Here’s an easy and fun piece to add to your summer decor – make a breezy fabric feather mobile to display this summer and even into fall and beyond! Use any kind of fabric, even felt.
Fabric Feather Mobile
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- Cotton fabric or felt
- Double-sided fusible webbing**
- Iron and ironing board**
- Die cutting machine and plates
- A small piece of cardboard (cereal box thickness)
- Spellbinders feather die
- Sewing machine
- Wood dowel, branch, hanger, or embroidery hoop (for hanging)
- **these supplies not needed if you’re using felt
If you’re using regular cotton fabric, make it double-sided by fusing two pieces together. You can fuse two of the same fabrics or do two different ones for fun. Following the directions on the package, fuse the two pieces together with double-sided fusible webbing. Your fabric piece should fit through your die cutting machine. If you are using FELT, you can skip this step and proceed to the die-cutting machine.
I have a Cuttlebug die cutting machine, so I used my A Plate with my feather dies positioned with the bumpy side up. Make sure the dies fit within the fabric.
Then I placed my B plate on top, followed by my cardboard piece, followed by my C plate. If you have a different cutting system, play around with it (or better yet, find a YouTube video) to figure out what plates you should use.
Here are my feathers! I love how they are embossed as well, which you can really see on plain fabrics or felt. But again, how fun would this be to use different prints!
Repeat until you have enough feathers. Use different colors of fabric if you like.
Now we’ll get ready to stitch the feathers together, so first, line up your feathers. I alternated between colors and sizes. I also varied the length of my feather lines.
Once you’re happy with your feather arrangement, you can start sewing. Grab one row of feathers, stacked in order, and take it to your machine. Pull your spool and bobbin thread out about 2 feet – this will serve as your hanging thread. Then, begin stitching at the base of your first feather. Back stitch just a few stitches, and stitch across. When you’ve reached the other end of the feather, back stitch once or twice. Don’t remove the feather and don’t cut your threads!
Take your next feather and insert it under your presser foot and continue sewing across that feather.
Keep sewing til you have a long line of feathers. Back stitch at the beginning and end of each feather. When you reach the end of the last feather in your stack, back stitch once again, then you can release it from your sewing machine. Repeat with all of your feather lines.
I reserved a few feathers to sew in groups of three. I pulled my bobbin/spool threads longer than my longest line of feathers, stacked them together in a fan formation, and stitched them together.
Line up all of your stitched feather lines, including your groups of three.
Tie the bobbin/spool ends to your hanger, dowel, or branch. If using a dowel or branch, you’ll also need twine to hang your mobile.
Love my breezy fabric feather mobile. I can imagine making this for fall and even winter in cozy felt. In spring, I’d use fun, bright colored prints, and this cool color palette of grays, blues, and beiges is perfect for summer into fall.