Mobile Madness – Ariana Gets Crafty?

But first an update on Knut vs. Oliver 2008.. Thank you SO much everyone for voting.¬† Opinions seem to be pretty much evenly divided,¬† so I’ll have to do what I always do when I can’t make up my mind… buy both!

Now onto the mobiles..

One of the last things I want to tackle before calling the nursery done is make a mobile. I did a google search on diy mobiles and didn’t come up with much, until I hit the motherload of mobile inspriration and general tour de force of craftiness in this mobile swap Flickr photo pool.

Here are two made of cardboard/cardstock that I love:

This one is made of fabric and also has a tutorial via ohdeedoh:

But this one, made of felt and blogged about here

along with this sheep and trees mobile blogged about here

are my current obsessions/inspiration. I want to buy up the world’s supply of felt and make cute monkey “softies” or “stuffies” or “felties” as all the cool crafters¬† call them.

Here are the pieces I’ve made so far:

felt monkey

Monkey in Progress

Finished Monkey Feltie

Bird in Progress

Finished Felt Birdie

If the idea of making felties strikes anyone else’s fancy, I followed futuregirl’s amazing tutorials to learn the two different stiches (blanket stitch and whip stitch.)

I’m not sure what other shapes I want for the mobile.. I’m thinking a tree and a leaf shape taken from the crib bedding:

And maybe a cloud thrown in for good measure.

When I’m finished with the mobile, I’m thinking I may try to make this Softie Scottie Dog because I feel a felt addiction coming on:

How cute is he? Pattern and tutorial at allsorts.

17 Responses to “Mobile Madness – Ariana Gets Crafty?”

  1. I just found that one (last week) with the fabric birds on the twigs mobile. I cut out the pieces last night! As soon as I saw the beginning of your post, I thought “I have to send her that photo!” But you found it on your own.

  2. Quincy, wow, that’s such a coincidence! The www can be really small sometimes no? :)

  3. Sooooo cute!!!

    I have felt and I’m home today…oy…no good can come of this…

  4. I’m in love with these, they are so cute! I’ve never made anything like this before but I may have to give it a try. Thanks for the links!

  5. I bow down to your craftiness Ariana! The monkey and bird are just DARLING, and I’m sure the tree and leaf will make the whole thing come together like a dream.

  6. so creative, i love it!

  7. I’ve been wanting to make these since I saw them in a martha holiday issue. The concept behind the project is to use the old wool sweaters that you (or your spouse) “accidentally” threw in the washer/dryer and would now fit a 5 year old.

  8. Those are so cute! Make a little apple too!

  9. Like you, the first two are my favourite. What a neat project.

  10. Those are adorable! I love the scottie dog too!

  11. I think mobiles are such a great feature to any nursery, and I think can cross over to adult rooms too. Since I’ve been thinking about having kids lately, this is a great inspiration.

  12. The felt monkey is adorable!

  13. Aw, that monkey is too cute!

  14. Hey!!! Oh I just adore these mobiles!
    Also, I don’t know if you ever decided on an area rug or not (I’ve been a little behind on my reading) but I’ve posted a closeup of the zebra rug from Urban Outfitters if you’re still interested.
    Take care sweetie!

  15. […] since I’m still in the process of making my own mobile for above the crib, we hung this one above the changing […]

  16. OOoooh, thank you for the link! I appreciate it!

  17. […] To make the mobile itself, I used a piece of embroidery thread that matched the animal and simply tied it around one of two dowels that I crossed and bound together. Doesn’t get much easier than that! […]

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