I have spent loads of time on Pinterest and on nursery blogs trying to decide what kind of mobile I wanted to make for Bonnie’s nursery… There are so many cute ideas floating around out there!
Ultimately, I did not end up emulating just one of the mobiles I found. Instead, I took bits and pieces from a few that I really liked, held my breath, and dove in . My goal was to find something cheap, something that I could easily make in just a few hours, something that did not require a sewing machine, and something that would allow me to use fabric scraps that I’ve had on hand for quite some time.
A year or so ago I found a bundle of vintage-looking fabric at a local thrift store. The bundle was huge, and the cost for the whole thing was less than $4. Each of the fabrics are so unique and pretty. I’ve already used the swatches for several projects, and still have plenty left for Bonnie’s mobile.
Here is the final product:
And here are the steps it took to get there:
1) Pick your fabric. I recommend using scraps you already have on hand. Here are the fabrics I used:
2) Gather your supplies:
- A circular object to trace for your cut-outs (I used the lid from an old jar of minced garlic.)
- Ribbon (I had 36 feet of it, and did not use it all, but came close.)
- Wooden embroidery hoop
- Mod podge
- Small sponge brush
3) Trace and cut out 80 fabric circles. You will need somewhere between 60 and 80.
4) After you’ve cut out your circles, use the remaining scraps of fabric to wrap around the embroidery hoop. I used Mod Podge to do this, but you could probably use hot glue with good results too.
5) Now cut your ribbon. You will want about 10 strands, each between 12″ and 18″ long… no need to be exact. You will use 7 strands of ribbon to hang from your embroidery hoop. The other 3 will actually be used to hang the final product up.
6) Tie one end of each of the 7 ribbon strands in a knot around the embroidery hoop. Do this, spacing the strands evenly, until you’ve tied ribbon around the entire hoop.
7) Now you are ready to attach your fabric circles to the ribbon. I did this by pairing two circles together, and Mod Podging the backs together, with the ribbon in between them. Like this:
8) Once you’ve secured all your circles to the ribbon (you’ll want between 4 and 6 circles on each strand), you may want to put a coat of Mod Podge on both sides of each circle. This will help reinforce them, and may help prevent the fabric from fraying around the edges.
Once you’ve done that, you are ready to hang your mobile!
Since I already had the fabric, the total cost of the project was $3.47 for the embroidery hoop and the ribbon. Much cheaper than buying a mobile for Bonnie!