Whether you’re after a thoughtful travel-inspired gift for new parents or designing a travel-inspired nursery for your new mini-explorer, this super easy and cheap ceiling mobile is for you.
I saw so many cute baby mobiles on my Instagram feed, but they were all so expensive. Admittedly the sellers are a lot more talented than me, and the cost is probably justified but I was saving all of my pennies for mat leave. In the end it wasn’t too hard to make this cute pink cot mobile and it was a good way to spend my last few days before Kit came along.
How to Make a Pink Cot Mobile
Here’s how to make your own one…
♥ Pick your hanging decorations and look. I decided to make a pink cot mobile inspired by one of my favourite trips, so it took on a Canadian theme. I went for bears, mountains and trees as a nod to our amazing trip to Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada.
♥ Decide on a colour scheme. I went for pink, grey and white. I would have preferred a duskier pink if I’m honest, but this is what was in the shop at the time!
♥ Get your supplies. Head to Amazon or your local Hobbycraft for a needle, felt, cotton thread (in the same colours as your felt), stuffing, fishing wire, a Tapestry Circle
♥ Draw you chosen features on the paper. Try to keep them as simple as possible and a big enough size in relation to the hoop, so that they have impact. Once you’ve figured out the size for one, stick to this measurement for the others (unless you’re purposefully going for a random look – I mean that in the nicest possible way!).
♥ Cut the shapes out and then use them as a template to draw them on your felt. You’ll need two of each shape, i.e. each side. Cut the felt shapes out. If you’re making a decorated piece like my mountain you’ll need to also cut the extra shapes out, e.g. the snow top.
♥ Using the matching thread use a simple stitch to begin to put the two sides together. Make sure you go over the same spot and create a small knot or two to act as an anchor, and sew quite closely together to ensure the stuffing stays inside. If you want a neater look make sure the side of the felt that you drew on is on the inside. Sew it together about 70% of the way.
♥ Gently put small amounts of the stuffing into your partly closed shape. Start small and keep adding until you get the look you want. If you put big bits in it’s harder to mould them and if you’re too rough your stitching may come undone.
♥ Carry on sewing until it’s closed and again, go over the same spot or make a knot to ensure it stays closed. Repeat this process with all of your shapes.
♥ If you’re covering the tapestry circle now’s the time to do that. I simply wrapped pink wool round and tied in a knot and tucked the ends underneath. Use the fishing wire to attach your shapes to the tapestry circle. It’s easier if you hang your cot mobile up whilst you do this, otherwise they get knotted. Trust me! Space the shapes out to get an even look and really double knot everything so it’s super secure.
♥ Put your hook in the ceiling, ensuring it’s doubly secure – obviously skip this step if it’s a present. Use some more fishing wire to hang your circle from the ceiling hook or for a more girly look use some lace ribbon like I did. There you have it – a beautiful hand-made travel inspired baby mobile.
What do you think? Got a question? Leave a comment or email me and I’ll do my best to get back to you.