Monday, 8 June 2015

Hillarys Craft Competition; Hatti Mouse Kite Mobile

I have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of my Hillarys fabric since I signed up to enter Hillarys Craft competition!

Waiting for the postman and sprinting to the door whenever I heard the letterbox clanging!

Until finally, that day came!

Ooh iv never been so excited to open a piece of mail before!

For inside the padded, bubble wrapped envelope lay my beautiful Hatti Raspberry fabric. All 1 meter squared of her!


The material itself is thick but lightweight, I know that might not actually sound possible but apparently it is! The texture is superb, it kind of gently massages your hand as you run it across your skin with its little in and out bits. Hmmm ok this is starting to sound a bit more Sex And The City now rather than a craft project!

Ok back on track.

Hattie Raspberry is 100% cotton, and is layered with beautiful raspberry tone stripes. You can view the many fabulous fabrics that Hillarys have to offer here.

Having had a look at last years entries on Hillarys Pinterest board, I had actually thought maybe I should withdraw my entry! The standard of the pieces that the other entrants had made astounded me and I felt convinced that I could not compete. At best I might be able to make a, um… sock? But then my husband told me I had to enter and that was that. He reminded me of the Hillarys blogger event I attended and how my little face lit up when I proudly showed off my little bird and book cover that I had made, and I remembered just how much I had actually enjoyed it. So much so that I went out and stocked up on a box of all things crafty just in case the mood struck!

So all geared up now I began jotting down ideas of things that I could make, I must have had a list of at least 10-15 different items that I could (attempt to) make.

In the end I decided on something that could possibly have multiple uses! Yes it is indeed a 3 in 1 kite!

“Eh?”

I know that’s what you’re thinking, right?

Well firstly, it is a kite, secondly, it is a cutesy wall decoration for my daughters bedroom, and thirdly it is a toy.

My kite will have a detachable basket hanging from it, in which ‘Hattie Mouse’ can travel in when she is off on one of her adventures!

So here is how I made the ‘Hatti Mouse Kite Mobile’ (That’s mobile as in batmobile not mobile as in phone!)


Materials needed:



  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Bows
  • Ribbons
  • Doweling
  • Glue gun (or you could sew)
  • Pencil
  • Pins
Firstly I placed my dowels onto the fabric and secured them together with some strong string, then I drew an outline for my kite ensuring that I left enough room around the edge so that the excess fabric could be wrapped over and secured down.

I then cut out my kite shape. It was actually quite scary making that first cut! I kept thinking if it get this wrong its all ruined! Thankfully though it was all okay.


I had bought some lace edging which originally I had planned on using as a border on the kite, but after a lot of rearranging I decided it looked best cut and laid across the kite to compliment the stripes on the fabric. Using my favourite crafting tool, my glue gun I got to work gluing the lace on and cutting the excess material off.

Having looked online for vintage and retro kites I realised that you cant have a kite with no ribbons! So I found some blue ribbon, felt flowers and some other bits and attached them to the bottom point of my kite.





Now the technical bit, attaching the rope so the kite can actually fly! Here’s hoping!


Using my handy mini glue gun I then secured some pink and white bows onto the rope.



To make Hatti’s basket I used:
  • A child’s bowl
  • Hillarys Fabric
  • Glue gun
  • Buttons
  • Ribbon
This bit was a little more tricky as trying to wrap the fabric so that it sits neatly around the bowl was quite difficult, I could have done with another set of arms really. I then cut out a large oval piece of fabric to go inside the basket and glued it all together. I then attached the ribbon and buttons onto the side of the basket. I also added a little hook into the back of the kite doweling so the basket could be hung onto it.



Making Hatti
Materials:
  • Hillarys Fabric
  • Pencil
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread (or sewing machine)
  • A pompom for the nose
  • Felt or cardboard for the ears
  • String for the tail
  • Toy filling
  • Glue gun
I created a little apron for Hatti out of the lace and some nice dark green ribbon

Firstly I decided the shape of Hatti should be 'r' shaped allowing her to be able to stand up in her basket I also gave her some little arms too so she can hang on tight if the weather gets a bit windy! Cutting the arms out was easy but trying to fill them with stuffing and keep it closed so I could sew it up was quite difficult giving her arms are teeny tiny, but I think you'll agree they look much better 3D!

I drew Hatti’s outline and doubled the fabric over, pinned it and cut out the shape. I then sewed the two sides together leaving a small gap at the side so that I could stuff the toy filling in. Once sewed and stuffed I glued on a little pom pom nose, some ears and drew on her eyes.

She didn’t quite look finished so I added the detail of the little apron and found a nice bright green string for Hatti’s tail.


All that’s left to do then is piece it all together and see the finished result!







This post is an entry into Hillarys Craft Competition. For the purpose of this I was sent 1m squared  fabric.

26 comments:

  1. oh wow how cool is that kit, i love that you made it multi purpose and am sure your daughter will love it. Good luck with the competition

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  2. I can't believe how good that kite looks. Bet there is a whole market out there for parents who want this sort of stuff for their childs bedroom

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    1. Thanks Jon, maybe something for me to consider :)

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  3. That is adorable mounted on the wall! How fun! #toddlerapprovedtuesday

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  4. ah, this is such a lovely cute idea - love the little mouse and basket that you added.
    #toddlerapprovedtuesday

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  5. Ohh thats so super cute!! Lots of luck with the competition!!
    #JustAnotherLinky

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  6. I love this kite, you make it look so easy to do that maybe I can give it a try too :)

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  7. aww so cute! I've got my fabric but have absolutely no idea what to make!

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    1. I was the same I had a long list of things I could possibly make and spent a good day and half narrowing them down!
      Can't wait to see your creation, best of luck x

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  8. wow I'm so impressed - I've never been good at crafts like this. Good luck! #toddlerapprovedtuesday

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    1. Thanks Rebecca I thought the same but gave it a go and surprised myself

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  9. Wow, this is fantastic! You're super creative :) I wish I was - instead I have to buy everything shop-bought lol

    Louise x

    With love from Lou

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    1. Aw thanks Louise
      You never know what you can achieve until you try :)

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  10. That's the cutest kite I've seen Katie! The fabric is very pretty I think raspberry and Hessian colours really complement each other. Have you tested it to see if it will fly?! Best of luck with the competition and hooray for feeling nervous but entering anyway :) Emma (#pocolo)

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    1. Thanks Emma I haven't been able to test if it will fly yet due the typical British weather but il keep you all updated! :)

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  11. This looks really great, so clever! I'm going to pin it in the hope that I will go back to it one day and make one! :) x

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    1. Aw that's lovely, thanks Michelle let me know if you do, would be great to see it!

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  12. Woah! That looks great!!!


    Thank you so much for linking up with #justanotherlinky hope too see you again Sunday.

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  13. It's so cute. I'm really quite jealous of what you've made. I don't think my attempt would look have as good :(

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  14. your idea is lovely, I've been wanting to make a kite like this for a while and seeing yours has made me want to finally get around to it! I feel the same when entering these competitions but I love seeing people's different ideas!
    Good luck!

    Hannah
    x
    www.daintyandivory.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. O wow! I wouldn't know where to start. Good luck xx

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