Anyway, some of my few readers may recall a certain bedroom I furnished in orange, white and grey.
I knew I wanted a mobile above the crib, you know, when we get one. And my sister even gave me an old picture-hanging thing from her old room that could work as the hanging apparatus of said mobile, but I didn't know what to put on it. Definitely not one of those chinzy pastel things you see with cartoony bugs and veggietales and nonsense like that.
|This one is particularly classy-looking. (In case you love it, it's from Target, also, sorry for calling it classy in a sarcastic caption.)|
|Image from here. Before you click you should know it's a lingerie store's website, but it does have a post on how to make this. And don't judge me, I found it on Pinterest.|
or something that actually belongs flying in the air, like planes, birds, or butterflies. Also, I didn't want to stray from our orange/white/black/grey thing. As you can see, my options were quite limited, especially because this room is gender-neutral, since, you know, we don't actually have a baby (or even one in the making) yet. Planes scream BOY; butterflies scream GIRL; birds scream SCARY! (In case you don't know me, birds were never an option because I'm scared of them.) Pandas fit the color scheme, but why would pandas be flying? Also, why would I pick pandas? Polar bears, zebras, cows and tigers were more of the same story: all fit the color scheme, but none of them fly, and I am not particularly in love with any of them, so I was still stuck. But who cares? I don't need a mobile. I don't have a baby. The end.
Then I saw this on Pinterest:
|Pinterest linked me to this Etsy page|
Sheep don't fly, BUT are commonly portrayed as jumping over beds being counted by sleepless people, so the flying thing: narrowly-on-a-technicality, check!
I'm not really obsessed with sheep either, but these ones are cute, so... okay!
However, there is no way I'm spending $80 on five tiny cutie sheep tied to a needlepoint frame. Okay, a bare wicker wreath, whatever. But I decided I could make something similar myself. Even though I don't sew, I have a can-do attitude when it comes to saving mah moolah. I'm crafty, right? I'm creative, right? I have a slight artistic flair, right? I'm stubborn and do what I want, right? Given all my self-professed credentials, I thought I'd give 'er the old college try.
So I skipped along to Joann's and bought a yard of fuzzy baby blanket white stuff, and half a yard of black rib-knit cotton (overkill by the way, but I never professed to have done the math beforehand. Because I didn't.) It only cost me about $6.
I even took a picture of all the materials you need. I'm so good I should start a blog!...wait...
I started by making a pattern:
|Pattern for sheep face, sheep leg, and sheep body|
I actually cut out the face and legs with the fabric folded in half, therefore the pattern stayed folded in half, but it reminded me where to line up the folded fabric.
|The little nubbin is the tail, the long thing at the bottom are the ears, at least the way I did them for most of the sheep.|
After I had everything cut out I pinned the legs and the face with the ears where I wanted them, like so:
|See how the ears are pinned inside the face?|
Then I turned them right-side-out. I found that using my scissors to push the little legs through worked well.
I had to put the batting in the legs at this point, but not the head yet. Scissors worked well for that too.
I set the legs aside and went back to my sheep's face. After making a couple sheep, I realized that sewing the eyes before I put the batting in and sewed it to the body worked best. I should have realized that from the beginning; I'm dumb, I know. Anyway, I used embroidery floss for the eyes, and just made a few stitches for each one. This sheep had brown eyes, but others had different shades of blue, green and hazel.
|In this pictures you can see how his little ears were attached.|
|Looks messy on the inside...|
|Cute little eyes on the outside, and aren't those floppy ears adorable?|
|I pinned the ears out of the way so they wouldn't accidentally get sewed to the body|
|The legs and tail only have one pin, because it goes through both layers of white and the leg/tail.|
|The head had two pins, one for each side of white, so it won't be flattened when I turn it right-side-out.|
I stitched around the head
and then started at the tail and stitched to in front of the front leg, leaving the chest area open.
I used that to turn the sheep right-side-out, and then to stuff it.
Then I just stitched him up!
The first sheep I did took a couple hours, but after that I could whip one up in about half an hour, so I would put on a Doc Martin on Netflix and make a sheep. I made 2-4 a day and it wasn't bad. In total, I made 10 sheep, because that's how many clips there were on the mobile thing I got from my sister.
Right now it looks like a quite a flock; it looks just like the real thing, see?
But I think it might be a good idea to switch it up by removing the clips and stitching them onto the little rings so it looks cuter, and then stagger them at different heights so they aren't so clumped together. I don't know. I've got time; it's not like I have sleepless baby desperately waiting to count sheep at this point. It's not even hanging anywhere. It's just clipped to a hanger in the closet. Well, there's my mobile for now. Hooray! Sheep!
Thanks to Littledale Farm for the real blackface sheep photos