I floated the idea of a balloon sew along on instagram this week and … whooaaa… the response was massive! So I’m excited to announce that on the 21st of March the inaugural Craft Schmaft Balloon-along will begin.

The Balloon Sew Along

In this this sew along, we’ll be going step by step through the process of sewing and assembling a Hot Air Balloon Mobile. Beginners through to experts are all more than welcome and I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Claire Waring Bio PicYour Teacher

Is me! I designed the balloons for the arrival of my gorgeous baby boy a few years back and have made hundreds since. I’ll be sharing pictures, video, tips and tricks.

How it works

We’re going to keep it very simple. I’ll publish a series of posts detailing each step of sewing, stuffing and assembling your balloons.  You can make just one or create a whole mobile. You can sew along with us, ask questions, and share your experience and advice with others.

Posts will go up here on the blog, on our facebook event and pics will be posted to twitter and instagram. Please get involved and leave comments, ideas, questions and photos. The more the merrier!

What we’ll cover

First up we’ll post about fabric and supplies for the Hot Air balloons. Actual sewing won’t start until the 21st of March so you’ve got time to gather your supplies and order balloon fabric panels , if you’d like to use those –  but any quilting weight fabric is fine!

We’ll begin with sewing up the balloon tops, then move onto felt baskets, clouds, bunting and assembling it all together.

The sewalong will finish on the 1st of April, just in time to show off for Easter. We might even do some little bunnies to go inside your balloons!

What you’ll need

You’ll need the Hot Air Balloon Pattern and can choose any fabric and felt, or purchase one of our fabric panels here. Tune back in this weekend for a full post about fabric and supplies.


Please share this with all your crafty friends, let’s sew balloons together!





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