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Nora's Bird Mobile

Added Sep 7, 2009

by stephk06

Winnipeg, Canada




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In May, my niece, Nora, made her entrance into this world. To celebrate, my husband and I decided to make a bird mobile, using the pattern from Spool. We used scraps of fabric to make the birds, most of which are based on birds we remember from our childhood (the robin, the raven, the bluejay and cardinal, etc.). The orange bird, however, is a flight of fancy – our version of the extinct Doodoo bird.

Our words of the wise would be to glue the birds onto the branches first, and then find the center of gravity. This allows you to pull off the birds, without undoing the embroidery feet, if you need to adjust them to find the center of gravity. Once you have that figured out,you can stitch the feet on, drill the holes in and put in the eye hooks. This part, assembling the mobile, is by far the most time consuming and tedious. (Making the birds is the fun part!)

Material Notes

scrap fabrics (mostly cottons),
embroidery floss for the birds “feet”,
branches from a tree,
fishing line,
eye hooks,
a ring for hanging the mobile,
glue gun,




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    Feb 7, 2010, 02.48 AMby alekat

    i’ve had this pattern for ages and have been wanting to make these. maybe ill wait and make them once i have someone to stare at them – like a baby! i like the idea of making robins and bluejays too. good work!

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    Jan 31, 2010, 11.00 AMby gray

    That is such a good idea!!

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    Jan 30, 2010, 10.01 PMby janul

    I found the pattern! Thank you for the inspiration!

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    Jan 30, 2010, 09.53 PMby janul

    I love these birds, would like to know the link to the original project, or to see the pattern…

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    Jan 30, 2010, 08.57 PMby susanne2011

    This is awesome! Great job!

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    Jan 30, 2010, 05.28 PMby maria-gehrke

    This is great. I have been thinking about making something similar for my baby nephew.

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    Jan 30, 2010, 04.22 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

    i second all previous statements. this is awesome and i would hang it in my room now!

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    Jan 30, 2010, 04.14 PMby anio


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    Jan 30, 2010, 04.06 PMby mendel2803

    Lucky Nora! This is a lovely mobile and it looks like something she will still like when older.

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