Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Jean's mobile

To welcome our new nephew into the world Alexander and I decided make a mobile with African animals made from South African shweshwe to hang above his bed. At the time we didn’t know if it was going to be a boy or a girl, so a mobile with neutrally coloured shwshwe seemed a safe idea. We started on the project in December last year, but never got further than drawing the patterns and cutting the fabric.

Moving house and travel wreaked havoc with that plan though and so the cut-out pieces of fabric were mailed to my parents, the project to be finished once we had access to a proper sewing machine and other equipment again.

It ended up being quite a family project. Alexander designed and drew the patterns and gave lots of helpful suggestions. I was responsible for sewing and stuffing the toys and my mom assisted in sewing them shut. My dad had some great ideas for building a stand and did all the sawing and drilling. There were a couple of nervous moments, but in the end it all came together nicely I think.

Have to say I’m pretty satisfied with how it turned out. I like that African look and feel of the animals and I think the stand adds to the natural style of his parents’ house. The mobile can also be removed from the stand and travel with them to their temporary home further north where they will be living for the next few months while my brother is their for hunting season, where they can suspend it from the ceiling over his bed. I hope he likes it.

I am tempted to try my hand at more of these and sell them on Etsy, so anybody with a word of advice in that regard, give me a shout.


Anesia said...

dis is regtig baie oulik en bitter spesiaal....laat weet my wanneer ek my bestelling kan plaas :-)

A Girl in Asia said...

Hi there! I read Xander's blog and found yours through his :-). I really love this mobile - I'm sure you could sell them on Etsy too!

Erin said...

This is the cutest thing ever! If I ever have a baby will you make me one?

Anonymous said...

Hi Bordeaux,

Its been a long time! How have you been? Coincidentally I've started sewing little things and i made a little duck. I can't decide if I should hang it as an ornament or keep it away for imaginative play when Hana is older, perhaps I'll do both.

You should definitely sell mobiles on etsy! I love the material.. they remind me of Indonesian batik.

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