Saturday 15 January 2011


Just before Christmas a colleague of mine gave birth to a baby boy, and I made her a brightly coloured hanging jellyfish. I didn't manage to get a decent photo of it, but it was similar to the one I designed for the sealife mobile below...

I suppose really a jellyfish is rather an odd baby gift, but I thought he might like to watch the ribbons floating above him! Herbie was most taken with it anyway, so I agreed to make another just for him, and with his help too - and then I thought I could do a little tutorial on here.

Difficulty rating is 1 - is really is easy peasy lemon squeezy!

First, choose 2 contrasting/matching fabrics. Ours HAD to be orange!

Next draw round a small bowl and with right sides of the fabric facing each other, machine or handstitch on the pencil line, leaving a few centimetres at the end. (Ours measured approx 15cm diameter.)

Turn inside out and press.

Fill with polyester stuffing and stitch up the gap.

Next, take a mixture of ribbons, measuring approx 60cm-70cm in length and criss-cross at the half-way point (see above)

Stitch to the underside of your jellyfish. Then stitch a further piece of ribbon to the middle of the top-side and hey presto!!
Your jellyfish is complete! It looks great hanging above a bed or in the window!

And here's a glimpse of my little assistant (he operated the foot-pedal!)


  1. Love it! I need to do some very boring jobs on my sewing machine so will try and make one while it is out. That is, if we get on. My machine and I have a very unstable relationship. Thank you for the lesson! Ax

  2. He is the cutest assistant ever Kirsty! Hope you're having a good weekend - I'm getting nothing useful done whatsoever, but instead feeling very chilled out - its nice! x

  3. Thank you so much for sharing that tutorial. As I just posted on my blog, my friend is expecting a baby very soon and I'm hoping to make lots of things once he/she makes an appearance - I might have to add one of these to the list!

  4. That's so cute - I shall make one for our new grand-daughter :) Thanks!

  5. Handmade presents are always the most precious!
    Your little helper is the best!

  6. Fantastic, simple but gorgeous, thanks for sharing.

  7. Fab tutorial! The thing is though that if I do this with my five year old daughter she will want fish and star fish and mermaids to match! lol

  8. If this awful weather keeps up we might just be making some of these tomorrow - thank you . Oh and your little helper is soooo cute

  9. I think that's a gorgeous pressie for a baby! Love your assistant! xxxx

  10. That does look so easy but is also very effective.
    Just been having a catch up read of your blog - loving those cottages!

  11. That really looks lovely
    I'm going to make one for my grandson
    Julie xxxxxxxxx

  12. Hi Kirsty, Just wanted to say thanks for all your well wishes, I really appreciate it. Simone xx

  13. Gorgeous jellyfish and even more gorgeous Herbie!

  14. I love it! And a fab tutorial too.
    From your newest follower
    Sam x
    (Found you via Folksy on FB)

  15. I'm pregnant for the second time and would simply love such a gift for a newborn!!
    Great idea, fab blog


  16. Just found your blog, it's great. We are going to make some of the jellyfish at our craft group for oap's. Thanks for the tutorial x

  17. THis is brilliant and very cute. Love it.

  18. Hi Kirsty, just wanted to let you know I love your jellyfish and used your tutorial to make one of my own. I would like to try helping my 9 year old son make his own, since this seems like the perfect beginner's sewing project.
    Here is mine:
    Thanks for the tutorial!