Ribbon Jellyfish Tutorial

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An abundance of ribbon led to these simple jellyfish creations (as mentioned in The Scrapbook Diet): fabric jellyfish with button eyes and ribbon tentacles. They’re easy to make and the design can be adapted to whatever fabrics, ribbons and buttons you have on hand.

Instructions:

1. Materials needed:

  • ribbon & fibers in various widths and lengths – the ones in the example are approx. 18″ long
  • 2 pieces of fabric cut into “D” shapes – the example is approx. 4″ x 5″
  • 2 buttons for the eyes
  • Cotton or polyester fiberfill

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2. Save a 6″ length of ribbon for the top loop. Line up the remaining ribbon along the straight edge of the right side of one fabric piece. Leave a little room on each side for the seam allowance. Pin and baste. If the ribbons are moving around too much, try basting a few layers at a time instead.

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3. Sew button eyes onto the right side of one fabric piece. I staggered the eyes for fun.

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4. Fold the saved piece of ribbon in half to form a loop. On the right side of one fabric piece, sew the ribbon to the top, matching raw edges. Note: This photo was actually taken after step 5, when I realized I hadn’t taken a photo of the ribbon loop… hence the sewn sides.

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5. With right sides facing, stitch fabric pieces together, leaving a small opening for the stuffing. Be careful not to sew the dangling ribbons! In this example, I left the opening at the top, but I would suggest the side instead – the ribbon loop was tricky when hand-stitching the opening together.

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6. Turn right side out and stuff with fiberfill.

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7. Hand-stitch the opening closed. Leave ribbon ends as is, or trim to a more even length. Hang on a small hook.

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Variations:

jellyfish variations

  • Try using clear vinyl for the body and filling it with something interesting. In the pink jellyfish shown, I used fabric on one side and clear vinyl on the other, and filled with buttons. (It’s a little heavy, though).
  • Try shorter pieces of ribbon.
  • Try different body shapes and fabrics. The white one shown is tall, and the blue one is wide.
  • Try gathering the bottom of the body, like the white one.
  • Try a variety of ribbons, fibers and color combinations. The fibers I used are by BasicGrey.

This is a quick and easy project with many possibilities. Have fun!

  • http://mzlavr2.blogspot.com/ Pam

    Super cute idea, our cats would eat them so not something I can do any time soon..