When we found out we were having a baby, I couldn’t wait to get started on the long list of do it yourself nursery projects I had in mind! I planned to blog about it all, and provide step-by-step instructions.
My first project is a do it yourself felt mobile to hang over the baby’s crib. I’ve spent a lot of time searching the Internet to find one that I liked. I came across a grey, white and yellow mobile with felt elephants, giraffes and stars. And then I saw the price tag. $85. Nope. There is no way I was going to pay that! And, the project looked simple enough, so I decided to try it myself.
I had every intention of creating a step-by step blog, with instructions to make your own felt animal mobile. Unfortunately, the process was complicated. And no matter how many times I tried to write instructions, they just didn’t make sense, or they were too complicated. I blame pregnancy brain.
Instead, I just want to share with you what I have created, and provide some tips, tricks and recommendations for creating your own.
This project is completely customizable. You can create a do it yourself mobile that coordinates with your baby’s nursery colors and theme. I have seen a variety of colors and objects, including hot air balloons, airplanes…even monsters!
For my DIY mobile, I decided to use grey, white, yellow and blue elephants and owls, with stars and clouds for accents. Here are some of the recommendations I have for making a mobile for your baby’s nursery.
- Purchase thread that coordinates with your felt.
- Buy a variety of felt in colors that coordinating colors.
- Embroidery needles seem to be the best for this project.
- Use a simple basting-type stitch to sew all pieces together.
- Extra soft batting is best when stuffing your felt creation.
- Buy some embellishments in coordinating colors to add interest to your animals. I used ribbons and buttons, but there are so many fun embellishments out there (don’t forget to check the scrapbook aisles at your local craft store as well)
Making Your Felt Animals or Objects
- Once you decide what you would like to hang from your mobile, search the Internet for patterns. I had the most success searching for applique patterns. I found this cute elephant pattern on this free pattern website.
- After you select your patterns, I would recommend printing or tracing them onto a stiff card stock. This will make it much easier to trace the pattern onto felt.
- For one stuffed felt animal (or object) trace and cut two of each of the shapes.
- Don’t forget that one side of the animal will need to be a mirror image of the first. Then, you can sew them back-to-back before stuffing them!
- Sew the pieces together. I tried glue. Glue and felt do not work well together.
- When sewing your various pieces of felt together, consider the order in which each piece should be attached. Some pieces need to be sewn on first, especially when there is overlap!
- Use an orangewood stick or crochet hook to nudge batting into tight corners or narrow areas (legs, trunks, etc).
- The inner piece of an embroidery hoop wrapped in yarn works really well for the base of a mobile. And it is affordable. An embroidery hoop sells for under $5.00!
- Use embroidery floss to hang the mobile. You can also use it to attach your felt animals and objects to one another, and to the hoop!
Here is my final project. I cannot wait to hang this over our little man’s crib!
Have you created a mobile for your baby’s nursery? What suggestions do you have?