Monday, November 12, 2012

Crafty Project: DIY Felt Mobile

baby mobile made of modern felt circles embroidery hoop and yarn

Our dear friend is having a baby shower this weekend, and we offered to make some cute and crafty decorations to celebrate the arrival of her baby girl. There is only one request from the momma-to-be: No pink, No frills. Don't worry, Karen, we got this!

Our idea is to hang these modern felt mobiles above the dessert and/or gift tables for a pop of sweet (but not too girly) color.

baby mobile made of modern felt circles embroidery hoop and yarn

Here's what you'll need:
• 12" wooden embroidery hoop
• Felt (enough for at least 24 circles)
• Different sized circles to trace (I used a 5" mug, a 3" cup bottom and a 2" bottle opener!)
• 1 skein yarn
• Scissors
• Large-eyed embroidery needle

Here's what to do:

baby mobile made of modern felt circles embroidery hoop and yarn

Note: Keep the strands aligned tightly and neatly, until the entire hoop is covered. Knot the tail of the yarn and tuck it back into the strands to hide the end.

baby mobile made of modern felt circles embroidery hoop and yarn

Now you can start making your garland strands...

baby mobile made of modern felt circles embroidery hoop and yarn

Note: You'll make about 2-3 stitches per circle (more for larger sizes). The number of circles and spacing per strand will depend on the size of your circles and how low you want the mobile to hang.

Next: Tie the strands to the hoop, tucking loose ends in. For our 12" hoop, we made 5 strands with 5-8 circles per strand. Our strands hang approximately 18" long.
Then: Tie three to five strands of yarn to the top of the hoop (spaced evenly) and knot together in the center to create a hanging point.

baby mobile made of modern felt circles embroidery hoop and yarn

Have fun!

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