As I have mentioned in previous posts, my sister recently had a little boy – the first grandchild/niece/nephew in the family! It has been an exciting year and a bit watching her pregnancy and getting to meet my favourite person in the whole world. Nephew J is 7 months old now and absolutely the light of everyone’s lives.
My sister and her husband didn’t find out the gender of the baby before birth, so when it came time to make something personal for her baby shower, I had a hard time choosing what to do. I settled on making a baby mobile with bright colours which could be swapped out if necessary/desired.
In my many hours looking on Pinterest and Google for ideas, I stumbled on a picture of felt balls, which I felt could suit my needs. They look like this:
They are extremely simple to make (about 2 hours for the whole mobile craft) and look gorgeous!
– 10 sheets of felt (2 each of five colours), 9 x 12 inches
– Two objects which can trace a circle onto your felt
– Needle and thread
– Embroidery hoop – I used one that was 14 inches
1) Trace and cut nine circles per size for each colour – I used cups which were 2.5 inches and 3 1/8 inches in diameter and found that this fit perfectly on the felt I purchased. If you would like to increase the size of the felt balls, you will likely need to purchase more felt.
2) Thread and knot your needle
3) Fold two circles in half, and then in half again
4) Place one folded “petal” on each side of another one of your felt circles and put a few stitches in the corner of the petal/middle of the circle
5) Repeat until all 8 petals have been placed on the ninth circle
6) Fluff the felt outwards in order to form the desired shape
7) Repeat with all ten felt balls
8) Cut 5 pieces of the desired length of twine for your mobile
9) Tie knots at the bottom of the twine and in the spot where you would like your second ball to be placed
10) Place the knots in the centre of each ball and stitch around it to secure
11) Tie four of the five strands of twine evenly to the embroidery circle – ensure that it balances!
12) Cut two more pieces of twine and tie them so that they form a perfect cross – hang the final set of felt balls where they intersect in the middle
13) Cut one more piece of twine and tie it overhead as a “hanger”. Use your discretion for the length of this piece and ensure it balances prior to knotting them to the embroidery circle.
14) Voila! You’re done!
Maybe Martha’s notes
– If you would like to make these felt balls for other purposes (I’m making a garland for an upcoming party!), you can speed up the process by using hot glue to attach the petals. I am quicker with a needle and thread, so have a feeling I will stick with that but I know there are a number of hot glue gun whizzes!
– In addition to preferring needle and thread, I felt it was important to sew the ones that I made as they are going over baby’s crib. I have a lot more faith in numerous stitches than I do in the glue (though I’m sure both would be fine).
– My sister loved the mobile, but once they had the boy and had decorated the nursery, she asked if I could change the colours of the felt balls and also the embroidery circle. They have all mahogany in the baby’s room, so I lightly sanded the embroidery circle and stained it over two days. This was very easy to do and makes the craft even more versatile as it can really go into any room!
I hope you had a wonderful weekend and have a very happy week 🙂