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How to make: A Dream Catcher

I promised Molly during the week that I would make her a dream catcher, after she had an upsetting nightmare, and came a-callin into my bed at 3am….. that was the end of my sleep for the night – try sleeping with an octopus!!!!

So with an embroidery hoop, twine and some bits and bobs I sat down to keep my promise yesterday.

Here’s how it came together…

Materials used: one ring of an embroidery hoop, twine, felt, beads and glue (felt glue or copydex)

First I weaved the twine from side to side all the way around the hoop, threading on some decorative beads as you go.
(I used needle felt balls because I had them from a recent class, and I stitched them on after the twine frame was completed)

Using cookie cutters I drew little stars, hearts, flowers, flags and circles on scraps of felt, cut them out, and threaded them along three lengths of baker’s twine that I had draped from the base of the hoop, finishing the ends with little felt fishies that I glued together.



The finished Dream Catcher

Little Miss went peacefully to bed lastnight to count sheep, reassured that her dreams are safe :)


This morning she said she ‘wasn’t sure if it worked…. but it did make her happy’ – awwwwwh precious!

24 Responses to “How to make: A Dream Catcher”

  1. I absolutely love this! It’s beautiful, and I am sure your daughter appreciates this. I’ve already pinned the idea, but I had to take a moment to tell you how lovely it is. :)

  2. jackie says:

    It’s beautiful, Michelle! Pinning!

  3. imakehens says:

    Oh thanks for stopping by to leave a comment Mary Catherine, really & truly appreciate xx and thanks for sharing. Michelle

  4. imakehens says:

    Eleventybillion thanks Jackie, thrilled you like it xx

  5. This is so pretty! I love the textures and colors you used. I have pinned this post.

  6. What a cheerful-looking dream catcher! I love the felted balls that you added, too – they really go well.

    The difference between sleeping with a child and sleeping with an octopus is that an octopus doesn’t hook its toes into your nostrils or waist pudge. I’ll take the octopus any day!

  7. imakehens says:

    thanks for the giggle Erin, and for thinking of my waist pudge xx

  8. imakehens says:

    thank you kindly lovely lady JDaniel4’s Mom LOL

  9. This is definitely one of the most beautiful dream catchers I have ever seen. I love those felt balls. Did you make them or get them from your class? I can’t wait to make one myself. Pinned!

  10. imakehens says:

    Hi Sam – I made the felt beads at the needle felting class I went to – they started their life as a bracelet for Molly but she broke it and now they out of breaking reach on the dream catcher :)

  11. pam harris says:

    Ok! This one stopped me in my tracks! I love it! Been playing around with a bit of weaving on embroidery hoops lately myself, but this – OMG – this is just plain brilliant! I’ll be linking soon.

  12. Charlotte says:

    This is so pretty, and glad it hopefully worked! I love the colours

  13. Jodie says:

    How did you weave the center into a circle? My boys want one after a very scary dream for the oldest.

  14. Jodie says:

    How’d you make the center circle?

  15. imakehens says:

    Hi Jodie, I expanded the opening with my fingers and then just found around some of the twine to hold it open. M

  16. Sarah says:

    Very pretty! Love how this turned out :)

  17. Chelsey says:

    This is so lovely!! I have been making dreamcatchers for kids rooms lately in my etsy shop. I find it’s a common thing to help kids sleep after experiencing a very scary dream.

  18. Ana Paula says:

    Lovely and caring! Kisses from Brasil :D

  19. Dorothy Lafkas says:

    Getting some sleep training for my little angel my little boy was one of the most rewarding thing I could have done for both of us.

  20. […] The first of two Dream Catchers I created this year, and my favoutite – the other was created for World […]

  21. Laura says:

    This is one of the best dreamcatcher to be made with the children. They can be a bit tricky to make, but this one is easier for smaller hands & I love the choice of figures for the hangiging strings, Adorable¬°¬°

  22. Michelle says:

    Thank you SO much for your lovely comment Laura, happy making xx

  23. Alexa says:

    This is such an amazing idea I can’t wait for me and my daughter to make this Thanks for the idea.

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