Today I'm going to share with you a simple tutorial for making this super cute and easy woodland baby mobile using some of the little felt animals you can make with my PDF sewing patterns from www.littledear.etsy.com! This project comes together really quickly and makes such a perfect baby gift or shower decoration.
To make this mobile, you'll need the following:
a set of at least 5 finished felt creatures
2-3 thin, bendable branches around 12 inches long
3-4 twist ties
thread or floss matching the branch color
ribbon or trim for hanging
You can find 4 different sets of woodland creature sewing patterns at my Etsy shop, just choose your favorite! I'm making a fairly small mobile but you can easily make a larger one with more animals.
Bend one of the branches into a circle about 8 inches across, overlapping the ends, and twist tie them together. Then twist another branch (try one a bit thinner than the first) over and under the first one. I liked the look of just two layers but you can play with your hoop until you are satisfied with it.
Next, grab some thread or floss the same color as your branches. Wrap and tie the branches securely together at 4 places around the circle (or as needed), then remove the twist ties.
Now cut a piece of ribbon or trim about 18 inches long. (I found this perfect leaf trim at Hobby Lobby.) Tie one end onto the branch hoop. At a third of the way around the circle, tie the other end. Cut another 18 inch length and tie it an equal distance from the other two. Stretch the middle of the second piece and the middle of the first piece up to meet at about 7 inches above the center of the hoop and tie them together. You'll have another 9 or 10 inches of trim left above the knot to make a loop for hanging.
Now you can stitch a bit of thin ribbon or floss onto the top of each animal and tie it onto the hoop to complete your mobile.
I love how this project turned out and I hope you'll give it a try! Of course, hand made gifts are always extra special and will make that new mama (and baby!) feel so loved.
Any of my felt animal patterns will work great with this tutorial! If you're not looking for woodland creatures, look for my Mythical Creatures, Sea Creatures or Farm Animals patterns at www.littledear.etsy.com
and let me know how you would customize this project! I always love seeing and hearing about your creative ideas.