Last year, pre-pregnancy (I'm pregnant. I feel like I end up saying that a lot, and I really don't want to hit you over the head with it, but in case you were wondering what world I'm talking about that's "pre-pregnancy," I just mean, "pre-my-own-pregnancy"...I guess I could have said that from the beginning....anyway...), I wrote a blog roundup that included 10 DIY Sewing Gifts for a New Mom. Actually, if we're being specific, the title of the post was FREE DIY Sewing Gifts for a New Mom.
However, since writing that post, and becoming an almost-new-mom, I realized that one of the blogs I linked to was actually not free as I had advertised. I must have assumed it was free because it seemed wonderfully attainable and easy to make, but you in fact need to buy a membership to the blog in order to get the step-by-step instructions.
The tutorial I'm talking about is for a sweet DIY baby mobile. My baby boy's nursery is still a work in progress, but I'm decorating it with a leafy boho theme. Originally I had a lovely macrame hanging plant over the crib, but when someone on Instagram told me that the leaves on that plant were poisonous if ingested, I immediately got a ladder and moved the plant across the room.
But alas! The crib corner was looking so bare. What's an overly cautious new momma to do? Make a felt leaves baby mobile, of course! I'm sure it's not great for a baby to ingest a felt leaf, but I've yet to hear that they are poisonous.
After seeing pictures of this mobile online, I went ahead and purchased some supplies and began my DIY process. After posting a pic of my early process to Instagram and getting a lot of requests for a tutorial I decided that there was only one way for me to do this, since I was not the one to first come up with this idea.
DIY Felt Leaves Baby Mobile Supplies
- 12" Embroidery hoop (I only used the ring without the metal adjuster)
- Felt (For the leaves I used Pea, Olive and Sage. The flowers and hoop were made with Ecru and Rust Brown. I bought one of each which is about a fat quarter.)
- Thread (I used Dark Moss Pearl Cotton No.8 thread)
- Hot Glue Gun
- Leaves and Petal Templates
Felt Leaves Baby Mobile Steps
- Wrap a thin piece of Ecru felt around the embroidery hoop, overlapping the edges as you go. Every couple inches, add a dab of hot glue underneath the felt to make sure it will stay in place securely.
- Cut out a bunch of leaves and as many petals as you like. I wanted my mobile to be leaf heavy, so I only made 4 poppies. Each poppy uses 6 petals.
- Place a dab of hot glue at the top of each leaf and pinch the sides of the leaf together. Hold this in place until the glue cools and dries.
- Thread your needle and give yourself at least 24" - 18" of thread (I like to use more than I need because you can always trim it.) Knot the end of the thread.
- Sew through the back of the leaf and pull the thread through.
- A couple inches away from that leaf (or however close you want the leaves to be) knot your thread. Repeat step 5 by sewing through the back of the next leaf.
- Once you have a string of leaves the length you like, wrap the end of the thread a couple times around the embroidery hoop and secure with a small dab of hot glue.
How to Make the Felt Poppies
I think they're poppies. I'm definitely not a florist and really not a gardener. So if you are reading this and thinking, "No, No, NO! These are ranunculus/white oleander/fill in the blank!!" Just forgive me and call them whatever you want in your head. In my head, I'm just calling them blossoms.
- Snip two little snips at the bottom of each petal.
- Place a dab of hot glue in the bottom middle and fold the edges of the petal towards the center, overlapping the sides. Keep your finger over the overlapping edges until the glue cools and hardens.
- After you have 6 petals, glue 2 sets of 3 together. Place a bit of hot glue in the center of one set. Staggering the petals, place the other set of three on top.
- The center brown fringe is made by cutting a long strip, about 6" x 1.5" of brown felt. Without cutting all the way through, snip the edges to create fringe.
- Roll the fringe at the base and glue together.
- Once the glue is dry, glue the fringe to the center of the poppy and fan it out.
I made this entire felt leaves baby mobile while lying in bed and watching The Great British Baking Show on Netflix. Did I mention that's the best thing about this DIY? You can do it completely from bed.
After about a week of on and off laid back cutting and gluing, I was rewarded with the sweetest, nonpoisonous hanging plant I ever did see. Isn't it pretty? The quilt in the photo below is my Modern Fans quilt pattern.
When everything is finished and ready to hang, this baby mobile is wonderfully light, so three single threads were all I needed. You could even tape it to the ceiling if you didn't want to mess with a hanging hook and drill.
Oh! And if you look closely, you can see the reflection of my tropical leaf wall paper in the mirror.
Like a said, this nursery is still a work in progress. We've been chipping away at it for the last couple months, and since I'm only 27 weeks pregnant, we've still got a bit of time to chip away at it some more. But if you see a cool rug that you think would look nice, send it my way. I'm on the hunt!
I hope you enjoyed this felt leaves baby mobile tutorial! Let us know in the comments if you make this mobile and come up with any fun tips. Also, I'm always itching for more nursery decor ideas, so shoot them my way if you've got em.