Preparing for a new little one to come into our home has been such a joy. My deep desire is to encourage love and excitement with our two at home, even before the third arrives.
This little mobile is a project in which one, two, or several can be involved in the creation process.
Cardstock or other heavyweight paper for pattern making
Wooden embroidery hoop
Embroidery floss or crochet thread
Needle & scissors
Hot glue or glue dots
Start by drawing a basic pattern to fit the theme of baby’s room. We don’t have a particular theme, but Cami chose birds.
After cutting out out your pattern, cut the felt to match.
Using the embroidery floss or crochet thread, stitch together your pairs of felt shapes, leaving a little opening for stuffing. Camille used a simple whip stitch she’s been practicing for the birds and I used a blanket stitch for the clouds to give a bit of contrast. I also chose a thread that would contrast well with all the colors of felt we used.
Stuff the shapes and stitch them shut. Set these aside while you prepare the hoop.
Taking the inside hoop of the embroidery hoop set, wrap the yarn tightly around the entire hoop, using glue or glue dots to hold it into place.
Place the hoop on your work surface and plan the arrangement of the felt shapes. Creating a pattern around the hoop, Camille encircled it with the birds and clouds.
Using the thread and needle, loop through the top stitch of each little plush object. I measured 10 inches exactly and knotted the top, but you can choose the length according to your preference.
For the clouds, I extended the thread another 18 inches to create the slip knot to hold the mobile up. Gathering the three pieces of thread and holding them in the air, bring them together evenly towards the center. Then create a slip knot, and the mobile is complete.
This was a several day project since we worked together, but it is one that could definitely be done quickly by an adult.
It turned out beautifully, and provided a special time to have conversations about our kids’ feelings about the new baby coming: what they are excited about, what they are scared about, and so on. In the end we had both a beautiful little mobile to welcome the baby, and I had a better understanding of what some fears and expectations my daughter had for our new little one soon to be here!
Erin Wallace is married to a loving husband, the mother of two wee ones and in the process of adoption. She’s currently enjoying life with her sweet family in Virginia. She sells organic and eco-friendly clothing at her shop Dandelion Dream and blogs about her family, shop and creative endeavors at Tiny Twist Creative.