With each of my babies, I knew that I wanted to have a mobile in their nurseries. There is something that seemed so appealing to me about having something for their little eyes to look at and while I didn’t make one for Luke and Reagan’s was made a couple years after her birth (you can see it here), I was all over making one for Baby Sister. Her DIY Heart Mobile was a bit more of a labor of love than I had originally planned for, but I’m thrilled with the results and can’t wait to share how you can make your own!
Now let me preface this before we get started: just because I chose hearts to match the nursery doesn’t mean that you can only complete this with hearts as well. You could easily switch it up to any shape that you’d like. I’d love to see it with stars for a boys room!
10in. embroidery hoop
6in. embroidery hoop
5 sheets of 9×12 felt in colors of your choice
white embroidery floss
white decorative ribbon trim
poly fiber fill
marker or pen
hot glue and gun
1. Print and cut the shape of your choice (as I said earlier, I chose hearts but feel free to use whatever shape works for you). Use this as a pattern to trace six shapes per sheet of felt with the marker. Try to choose a marker that is close in color to your felt. I used a darker marker for the purpose of this tutorial, but you won’t want the marker to show through once you cut them.
2. Cut out all of the felt shapes and put them in pairs of two. I chose to face the marker side in so the marks weren’t as visible.
3. Start stitching your shapes together using a sewing machine. While you could totally do this step by hand if you don’t have access to a machine, it will take a whole heck of a lot longer. Stitch about 75% of the way around the heart.
4. Take a small chunk of the poly fiber fill and stuff it within the shape. This is a great step to include little ones who are eager to help! Reagan helped stuff a few of the hearts and she still comments on how she was so happy to help make something for her sister. Love!
5. Carefully stitch the rest of the heart closed. Keep going until you’ve completed all 15 shapes.
6. With the embroidery floss and the embroidery needle, attach a 20 in. length of floss to five of the shapes and a 15 in. length to the remainder. The five shapes will be tied to the 6 in. embroidery hoop and the rest will be tied to the 10 in. embroidery hoop.
7. Use the remainder of the embroidery floss to add four additional strands to each of the hoops for hanging. Knot them all together at the top. Warning: if you have a hint of OCD like myself, the state of your mobile at this point might completely stress you out and that’s okay! It’ll get better. Just push through!
8. With the hot glue gun, attach the decorative trim ribbon to the outside of the hoops. This will help secure the hearts and string in place and cover up a good chunk of the messy look.
9. Hang your mobile and enjoy your handiwork! I chose to hang her mobile over the changing table because I didn’t want to risk her pulling anything down while unsupervised and since those strings are long and can pose a strangling hazard, I definitely didn’t want to take any chances. Make sure to think through your placement before putting it in its final place.
For fun, I thought it would be neat to see what Baby Sister’s view will be when she’s enjoying her mobile. It’s festive, isn’t it?
Here are more projects from Sarah’s room that you might enjoy:
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