We finally finished this mobile that Jay and I made for Molly's room! Her nursery isn't themed in any way, but I was in the mood for some sea creatures so that's what showed up in the mobile!
This isn't a full DIY with pictures of each step because... I didn't take pictures of each step. Also, I have no idea how Jay made the frame, but you can purchase them as a kit on Etsy. Here is a PDF template I used as a starting point that you can print out: Sea Creature Mobile Template.
WARNING: THIS TEMPLATE IS NOT A CHILDS TOY AND SHOULD NOT BE HUNG WITHIN REACH OF BABY FINGERS AS THERE MAY BE PARTS THAT COULD CHOKE OR STRANGLE A SMALL CHILD. PLEASE HANG WELL OUT OF YOUR CHILDS REACH.
Wool Felt (I bought mine at Needlework)
Embroidery Floss in co-ordinating colours
Hand sewing needles
Sharpie or other permanent thin marker
Optional: Beads for eyes, other decorative sew-on items like sequins.
- Print and cut out the template pages for each sea creature you want to make.
- Decide on which colours of wool felt you will use for each part of each creature and cut out the pieces accordingly (I traced the outline of the pieces on the felt with a thin sharpie and then made sure to cut so that I cut just inside of the sharpie lines)
- Assemble the pieces using a buttonhole stitch (which you can see in this tutorial). I generally attached all the small pieces (like fins, eyes, sequins) first and then sewed the two main front/back pieces together.
- Feel free to swap out or move some parts of the sea creatures if you like. As you will see when you print the template, I originally intended to use black felt for the pupils of the eyes, but found some black beads at Michaels that looked perfect, and used those instead. Similarly, I sometimes embellished the fish further with embroidery or stripes of felt or sequins! Play around and have fun!
- Leave a small opening unsewn for stuffing the sea creatures. For most of the creatures, this is enough but for the octopus tentacles, I needed to stuff each tentacle as I finished it, in order to get the stuffing firmly in place.
- Stuff the sea creatures and sew up the openings!
- Once you have the mobile frame, you can attach your sea creatures with invisible fishing line (how ironic!) and hang it from the ceiling! Please remember the warning above and do not hang within reach of your child, as this toy is not meant to be played with or chewed on, only as something pretty for them to look at while they are in the crib!
And that's it! Molly can't see far enough yet to really focus on the mobile but when I hold her up close she seems pretty fascinated with the big fish eyes. Hopefully she grows to love it!