I love creating with free standing lace (FSL) on my Brother SE 400 Embroidery Sewing Machine, and recently I thought about using it to make a hanging butterfly mobile. So I experimented, and came up with an idea for an embroidered mobile using an FSL butterfly design in different colored thread. It turned out so cute, that I wanted to share it, and do a tutorial for you!
I like to call it “Butterflies Dancing in the Rain”, and it is a fairly simple butterfly mobile to make, albeit a little time-consuming. It will take some time to stitch out all of your butterflies, but I found it to be well worth the effort, and I know my grand daughter will love it!
Supplies to Make a Butterfly Mobile:
- FSL Butterfly Embroidery Design
- Vilene Water Soluble Stabilizer
- 6″ Embroidery Hoop
- 2.5 yards of 5/8″ ribbon (whatever colors you want)
- Embroidery Thread
- Crystal Beads (3 or 4mm)
- Fabric Marker
- Hot Glue Gun
- Dritz Fray Check (optional)
- Cord for hanging your butterfly mobile from the ceiling!
- First, take your 5/8″ ribbon and wrap it around your hoops, securing ribbon on the inside of the hoop with a hot glue gun. Leave a tail when wrapping the larger hoop, and pin to temporarily secure.
- Place smaller hoop inside larger hoop horizontally, making sure it is centered, and secure with hot glue gun.
- Take your cord (I used 15″-18″ depending how high or low you want your mobile to hang) at top end and fold it over about 2″ to tie a knot about 1″ below the fold point (this should give you a little hoop to hang your mobile). Cut off the end piece of the knot and use fray check to keep it from unraveling. On the other end, thread your cord through the hoop screw, tie your knot, cut off knot end, and use fray check.
- Stitch out your butterflies using Vilene water soluble stabilizer. I stitched 15 butterflies, but ended up using only 14. I did two strings of 2 butterflies, three strings of 3 butterflies, and hot glued one butterfly on the top of the embroidery ring. It’s up to you how many butterflies you want, and how you want to space them. Just remember it’s a mobile and you need to think about balance.
- For stringing the butterflies, thread your needle with a good length of thread (about a yard) and weave your needle through the open spaces of the butterfly body from bottom to top, sliding the butterfly down toward the end of your thread leaving about 3 or 4 inch thread tail. Once you have reached the top of the butterfly, make a couple of stitches (bringing needle through from back to front a couple of times) to secure butterfly position. Then, add another butterfly to the thread in the same manner, etc.
- For stringing beads, thread your beading needle, take a bead and thread it on needle and thread, slide it down to the last 3 or 4 inches of thread, then bring needle through bead from bottom of bead, which creates a loop that will tighten around bead, then do another stitch, and your bead is secured. Now, add as many beads as you want, spacing them out. I used 3 beads on most strings and spaced them about 5″ to 6″ apart. You may want more or less, spaced closer together.
- To attach your strings of beads and butterflies to your mobile, you can either tie them in place, or thread the top end and stitch to the ribbon on the inside of the hoops. If you place a beaded string on one side be sure to place one on the opposite side to keep balance.
- Cut off any thread tails after all strings have been attached, and now you have a beautiful butterfly mobile!
However, if you prefer to follow along on our Butterfly Mobile video tutorial…