A baby is the perfect occasion to venture into a bigger craft project! My DIY felt baby mobile brings cheerful colours and a tropical feeling to your baby’s room. Find out how you can easily make it here.
It’s been years since I last sewed. Now that I’ve become a mum, it’s high time to change that and take up needle and thread again and make something special for my baby. The project: to make a DIY felt baby mobile that we can attach above the babybay or baby cot for baby fun and as an eye-catcher in the nursery.
Mobile comes from the French and means a lively, rotating or movable body. There are mobiles made of different materials and in different shapes, but what they all have in common is that the airy structures sway in the breeze and the individual components dance or fly. They hang freely in rooms and fascinate not only babies and children.
For this DIY felt baby mobile, I bought felt in great, bright colours and sewed flying colourful parrots, clouds, moon and leaves and delicate flowers out of it and made ponpons. This was the most work and I enjoyed it so much that I am already planning my next sewing project for my niece and nephew. Maybe it’s time to get out the sewing machine and start it up again :-).
I ordered the basic framework for the DIY felt baby mobile for a few euros from Amazon*. There you can also find basic frames for mobiles to hang above the cradle, on the ceiling or on the changing table! You can find all the materials you need to make the mobile on the material list!
Are there more beautiful birds than parrots? Not for me. For this jungle mobile I sewed my favourite parrots, who cares that the hyacinth macaw is only found in Brazil and the magnificent cockatoo lives in Australia. 😀
You can find the templates for the parrots on the material list. The templates are marked with letters and numbers to make it easier to make the parrots with the help of the tutorial. If it says 2x on a template, it means that you need this template twice for each parrot. Some templates are only needed for a specific type of parrot as described in the step-by-step instructions.
A homemade mobile is a great gift idea for many occasions and a super nice decoration for a baby’s or child’s room. The materials you need are not expensive. The most precious thing in this mobile is creativity and time.
Stencils needed: K, L, F1, F2, F3, S1, S2, S3, S4, K2, K3
Felt in the colours: red, green, dark blue, grey, light yellow, black, white
Glue the white “glasses” on the lower third of the head before you glue on the beak and eyes.
Stencils needed: K, L, F1, F2, F3, S1, S2, S3, S4, K2, circles.
Felt in the colours: dark blue, medium blue, dark grey, light grey, yellow
Stick a yellow circle under each of the black acrylic eyes to the right and left of the beak.
Stencils needed: K, L, F1, F2, F3, S1, S2, S3, S4, K1, K2, K3
Felt in the colours: yellow, medium blue, light blue, dark grey, light grey, white
Before you sew the head together, glue the yellow felt strip K1 to one light blue side of the head K. The body is yellow on the front (L, 1 x yellow) and medium blue on the back (L, 1 x blue). Stick the white “glasses” on the lower third of the head.
Stencils needed: K, L, F1, F2, F3, S1, S2, S3, S4, K2, K5, circles.
Felt in the colours: medium green, light green, yellow, grey, red, black
Stick a yellow circle under each of the acrylic eyes and around the neck the black collar K5.
Stencils needed: K, L, F1, F2, F3, S1, S2, S3, S4, K2, K4.
Felt in the colours: white, light grey, dark grey, yellow
Starting from the largest feather to the smallest, stick the headdress K4 centrally from front to back on the cockatoo’s head like a mohawk haircut.
Stencils needed: M, W, B1, B2
Felt in the colours: medium green, light green, white, light yellow
Depending on where you want to hang the DIY Baby Mobile, you will need a different basic frame. I used a basic frame with a clamp for hanging above the baby’s cot. But there are also basic frames to hang above the changing table or the baby cradle!
I used sturdy white baker’s twine for the strings to hang. You need 5 strings in total, the middle one is longer than the outer 4.
Have fun making your tropical DIY felt baby mobile!
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