Friday, 12 March 2021

DIY moon nursery decoration {Weekend Mini-Make}

How to make a DIY moon and star decoration for a child's nursery using glitter felt. Easy craft project through which you can learn the blanket stitch

I'm back this week sharing a brand new Weekend Mini-make, a quick craft you can complete over the weekend for less than a tenner. All my mini-makes are designed to be something beginners can try their hand at, whilst also being a relaxing, well-being boost. As I've mentioned before, I regularly turn to DIY and crafting when times get hard, so for me, having a creative outlet has become a vital part of my everyday life. I hope that these simple, cheap crafting ideas will inspire others to have a go, and see if it can make big changes in their life too.

So I'm back with a new craft, and this week it's a really simple one you could adapt to any design. I've recently had a mini revamp in my daughters bedroom - I added a DIY scallop wall a couple of months ago, and decided to add a mini gallery wall too. After putting the prints up I wanted to fill the small gap with something, and rather than spend any more money on this mini revamp, I've once again turned to crafting and have created a small hanging decoration that would suit any child's bedroom, and can be adapted to any theme. 

How to make a DIY moon and star decoration for a child's nursery using glitter felt. Easy craft project through which you can learn the blanket stitch

You will need: 
Felt - I used two 20x20 inch pieces of mustard felt, and one A4 piece of glitter felt. I got both of these from eBay, the mustard coloured felt was £1.16 a sheet and the glitter felt was £1.74 a sheet
Embroidery thread
Cotton wool
Needle 
Fabric scissors 
Template - You can download and print the template I used below

Total cost: £4.06

How to make: 
Print and cut out the below template (right-click to download): 

How to make a DIY moon and star decoration for a child's nursery using glitter felt. Easy craft project through which you can learn the blanket stitch

Use the template to cut two moon shapes and two star shapes from the felt, which will then be sewn together and filled with cotton wool. 

To sew the two sides of felt together you'll need to use a blanket stitch. This is a really simple stitch to do, which once you've learnt, you can use for so many projects. It's particularly good for crafts like this using felt, as it reinforces the edges of un-hemmed fabric, and gives a really nice visible-stitch effect around the edges. 

Blanket stitch: How to
How to make a DIY moon and star decoration for a child's nursery using glitter felt. Easy craft project through which you can learn the blanket stitch
Once you've sewn most of the way around the outside of your moon, leaving a small gap, it's time to stuff the moon with cotton wool. Pop enough cotton wool inside until its feeling plump, and then continue your blanket stitch around the outside, sewing the gap up

Repeat the same process with your star shape - this is slightly trickier as the glitter felt is thicker, so use a sharp needle. Fill your star with cotton wool, and attach to the moon using a short piece of thread tied to the back of the star.  

How to make a DIY moon and star decoration for a child's nursery using glitter felt. Easy craft project through which you can learn the blanket stitch

If you want to add a way of hanging your moon on a wall, loop a small length of embroidery thread and tie to the top of the moon by simply tying to the blanket stitch. 

How to make a DIY moon and star decoration for a child's nursery using glitter felt. Easy craft project through which you can learn the blanket stitch

And you're all done - how simple was that?! The good thing about this DIY is once you've learnt the basic blanket stitch, which you can now apply this to any design - I've previously made some rainclouds and animals that have hung in various incarnations of little ladies room over the years. 

How to make a DIY moon and star decoration for a child's nursery using glitter felt. Easy craft project through which you can learn the blanket stitch

How to make a DIY moon and star decoration for a child's nursery using glitter felt. Easy craft project through which you can learn the blanket stitch

Hope you enjoyed this quick and simple DIY - let me know if you make one, I'd love to see! And I'll be back next week with another quick craft perfect for completing over the weekend. I've started work on this one already, and it's another nursery decoration - can't wait to share! 

Thanks for reading, 
Sam Xx 
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