Instructions so that you, too, can make your very own Glow Cloud.
intermediate sewing skills, patience, perseverance
scissors, sewing machine, pins, purple and white thread, 6”-7”white zipper
2 pieces of white fleece cut into a cloud shape.
2 pieces of white interfacing (NOT FUSIBLE, light weight, 1/8” to 1/4” thick. It should diffuse light without being too thick or loose to sew through) cut into that very same cloud shape.
purple felt for the eyes, if you choose to make your Glow Cloud expressive, dynamic, and full of verve. (NOTE: Your Glow Cloud can look like whatever you want, eye, no eye, you do you, fellow listener.)
2 strands of battery powered LED lights with 50 LEDs per strand, on a silver or clear wire. I used these. Be safe! Make sure the LEDs won’t overheat and never leave your Glow Cloud unattended. Also test your LEDs before you use them that would be so sad.
1. Cut your fleece, right sides together, into your cloud shape. Cut your interfacing to match up with the inside of each piece of fleece. Carefully cut out your eyes/decorations. (I’ll post my templates later, if you choose to use them.) Center the eyes on the front side of each piece of fleece, pin them in place, and carefully sew them down.
2. Lay your interfacing over your fleece, eye side up. Notate (with a pencil or very light colored marker, don’t use a color you could potentially see through the fleece) where your eye shapes are on the interfacing. You will be sewing the LEDs directly to the interfacing, and I chose not to put LEDs where the eye shape was. Starting with the end of the strand of lights, (NOT THE BATTERY PACK END) place your LEDs about 1” from the edge of the cloud and sew them in a spiral inward to the center. Use white thread and a wide zigzag stitch, and sew as carefully as possible, to avoid breaking the LEDs or the wire they are attached to. This is the most time consuming thing you will do. (Except maybe the zipper, Smiling God help us all.)
3. Once you have both pieces of interfacing bedecked in technology, cut an incision in the center of the interfacing and slide the battery pack to the opposite side. Zigzag the hole as closed as you can, leaving a small space for the wire. You’re doing this so that you can put the LEDs flush against the inside of the fleece, which keeps them from getting messed up when you add stuffing, and helps with overall glowy-ness.
4. Place the interfacing (LED side down) on the inside (non eyeball side) of the fleece. Sew around the edge to secure the position of the LEDs. Now is a good time to test the lights again.
5. I decided to put in a pocket so that I wouldn’t be endlessly fishing through polyfil to get to the battery packs. (You totally don’t have to do this.) Cut two rectangular pieces of fleece with a curved bottom to line up with the bottom of the cloud, large enough to hold the two battery packs.
6. Stitch the curvy part of each pocket to the corresponding curvy part of the inside of the cloud. Just the curvy part, leave the straight pointy bits alone for now.
7. Attach the zipper! Right sides together, sew a basting stitch ONLY on the aforementioned curvy bit (you’re sewing through 4 layers of fleece and 2 layers of interfacing, you are a champion). Because of the thickness of the material, you will probably have to sew the zipper by hand. If you are unfamiliar with installing a zipper, please consult the internet for a tutorial, trying to describe it here would likely confuse you. You can totally do it though. You’re great.
8. Once the zipper is installed, unzip it. Then, right sides together, sew around the entire perimeter of the cloud. You are very nearly there!
9. Through the unzipped zipper, gently turn the cloud right side out. Pull the two battery packs out and move them to either end of the zipper, and then stuff the heck out of the cloud. Once its squishy-ness is to your liking, pull those little pocket flaps out and sew them closed, leaving space near the zipper for the wires on the battery packs to have a little freedom of movement.
10. Turn on the battery packs, put them inside the pocket, and zip the cloud closed. BEHOLD YOUR MIGHTY GLOW CLOUD! BEHOLD YOUR CREATIVE ABILITY! BEHOLD THE PTA BAKE SALE IS COMING UP AND THE COMMUNITY SUPPORT OF EDUCATION SHOULD BE A HIGH PRIORITY FOR EVERYONE, NOT JUST PARENTS!
Phew. Thanks for sticking with me on that one, and hopefully you will get some use out of this. If something isn’t clear feel free to ask me. My Old Oak Door is always open. Figuratively speaking.
Now I know what I need!! I didn’t even know I needed a glow cloud, I do now!! I neeeeeed one so bad!!!