Hanging Bat Mobile – Assembly Tutorial

Hanging Bat Mobile – Assembly Tutorial

Hanging Bat Mobile – Assembly Tutorial

This is a fun Halloween project that you can create to make a corner of your home just a bit more spooky! I love the way these twist around and move when someone walks by. Paint the hoops black if you’d like, I left them as the natural wood since I have wood elements throughout my home. This is more of an advanced project, but if you have an hour or two over the weekend, break out your Silhouette CAMEO and some knot tying skills. Do you have kids doing boy scouts? The knot tying merit badge is a thing, right?

What you’ll need:

  • 1 sheet 12×12 black cardstock
  • Black embroidery thread
  • Black sewing thread
  • 2 different sized embroidery hoops
  • Hanging Bat Mobile cut file found in the Silhouette Design Store

How to Assemble:

Using Silhouette Studio, open up the Hanging Bat Mobile cut files, and size to your machine. I cut out about 17 bats, and I fit them all on a 12×12 piece of cardstock. Vary the sizes of the individual bats for a more varied look.

 

Hanging Bat Mobile - Furrow and Feather - A Silhouette CAMEO project

Start by removing the cut out bats from your mat. Fold the bats using an accordion fold, using the score marks as a guide. Start in the middle, and work your way outwards. This will give the bats dimension. Repeat for each bat.

 

Hanging Bat Mobile - Furrow and Feather - A Silhouette CAMEO project

Cut lengths of black sewing thread, and tie one end to the bat using the hole at the top. Make sure you use a double knot! You can put some clear glue on the knot if you want to be sure it’ll stay. Trim off the excess, leaving the longer side for tying to the hoops. Repeat for all bats.

 

Hanging Bat Mobile - Furrow and Feather - A Silhouette CAMEO project

You’ll need two separate embroidery hoops for this project. Twist the tightening mechanism to loosen up the hoops, and remove the inner hoop. This is what you’ll be using as the structure for you mobile.

 

Hanging Bat Mobile - Furrow and Feather - A Silhouette CAMEO project

Measure out a piece of embroidery thread to the width (diameter for you math folks) of the smaller hoop. You’ll need 3 pieces this size.

 

Hanging Bat Mobile - Furrow and Feather - A Silhouette CAMEO project

Tie the hoops together, at 3 separate junctions. Be sure you’re using a secure knot!

 

Hanging Bat Mobile - Furrow and Feather - A Silhouette CAMEO project

Next, you’ll tie your bats to the hoops. Tie the bats at different lengths to add some variation. I tied about 8 bats to the larger hoop, and 9 to the smaller one. Trim off any extra threads.

 

Hanging Bat Mobile - Furrow and Feather - A Silhouette CAMEO project

To hang, cut 3 pieces of embroidery thread to the same length. They should be pretty long. Tie all three together at one end. Tie the remaining ends to the larger hoop. I tied the remaining ends to the points on the hoop where there was already embroidery thread, just to keep things tidy. Take a long piece of embroidery thread, and tie to the junction. I then tied a loop in the end of the long piece, and looped that through a hook in my ceiling.

 

Hanging Bat Mobile - Furrow and Feather - A Silhouette CAMEO project

I love how this turned out! I hope you’ll give it a try. It’s a fun way to dress up a corner of your home to have a Halloween vibe. You could stretch fake spider webs across the hoops, or even paint the hoops black. Definitely keep away from your cats, or you’ll find paper bats strewn throughout your house.

 

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Hanging Bat Mobile - Furrow and Feather - A Silhouette CAMEO project

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