This is a craft project I made for my own newborn baby room as a wall decoration. A machine stitched plush cloud with raindrops, attached to a yarn wrapped rainbow stick.
Rainbow Cloud Room Decor
My project is made out of entirely recycled materials and repurposed fabrics, the majority of which I found from my local charity shop.
Recommended as an adult craft activity for a child's room, or an older child to try out.
Time: 1 hour
Age: Over 10's, Parent Craft
Suitable fabric for cloud
Suitable fabric for raindrops (I used denim scraps)
Stick (from the garden)
Stuffing for cloud and raindrops (I used polyfill)
Fabric pen or chalk
Needle and thread / sewing machine
Embroidery thread and needle
Rainbow coloured yarn / wool
Cereal box to draw template
Draw a cloud shape into the back of a cereal box to the shape you are happy with, do the same with the shape of a raindrop, and cut out with scissors. These will be templates for your fabric.
Cut x 2 cloud shapes and x 8 raindrop shapes from your chosen fabrics using your cardboard templates.
Cut string to different lengths which will attach your raindrops to your cloud.
Also cut two pieces of string to the same length to attach to your stick. Put aside.
For each raindrop, use two fabric cut outs. Pace together reverse sides together and with one piece of string placed in the top between the two pieces and see through to attach. Make sure you leave a gap in your raindrops to turn the right side of fabric over and fill with stuffing. I left my gap at the side. Once filled, hand sew your gap shut.
Next machine sew your cloud together, reverse sides of fabric, leaving a gap for stuffing again, but before you do, you'll need to attach your raindrops.
This part is a bit tricky, you'll need to sew the top parts of the string that attach your raindrops into the bottom of your cloud. You'll also need to sew in the top two pieces of string which will tie onto your stick. Therefore, it is best leave your gap for stuffing on the side. Once stitched together, turn the right side of fabric out, stuff with polyfill (or similar) and hand sew your gap.
Using a fabric pen or chalk, draw a smiley face onto your cloud, and embroider with needle and thread
Next tie the top of your cloud string to your garden stick.
Start wrapping your stick with coloured yarn in rainbow order. I marked on my stick with a pen where to stop one colour and start the next. I wrapped the next colour over the top of the last, and when I got to the end, tied the last colour in a few knots and tucked the end through the wrapped yarn on the stick with a needle.
Tie another piece of string to the middle of your wrapped rainbow stick; this will be where you will hang your decoration to the wall.
Finally, using fabric glue, stick sequins randomly to your raindrops, and you are done.
Glue sequins to raindrops with fabric glue
Hang it against the wall as you would with a framed picture.