So coming up this September (or so) I will be MIA for a bit, and the shop will be closed temporarily while I’m on maternity leave! In preparation for the baby I’ve been working on a few handmade items. I found this fantastic tutorial, complete with patterns, on how to make a felt hot air balloon mobile. I’m not much of a sewer, but since this didn’t require a machine I thought it would be worth a try.
The setting is not so great since it’s currently hanging in the living room where I assembled it, but it will be going into our bedroom and then the nursery as the baby grows.
I made a few changes from the original tutorial. First, instead of a large embroidery hoop. I created a frame using sticks of craft wood from Michael’s that I nailed and glued together, and then added screw eyes to suspend the balloons/clouds since I had them leftover from the craft show card display.
For the patterns on the balloons, I followed a couple of the ideas from the tutorial and tried a few of my own.
Another change I made was that instead of using cork for the balloon baskets, I made tiny little felt baskets and suspended them from the balloons with embroidery floss.
I’m happy with how it turned out, and hopefully the baby will enjoy it too.
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My stepdaughter is due in September too – cute idea for a nursery!
Any chance you could be commissioned to make another mobile? I am in love with your work!
Thanks so much! Unfortunately since I only have a very basic knowledge of sewing, it took me forever to complete this one and it wouldn’t be feasible for me to repeat it. The tutorial I followed is excellent though: http://www.howjoyful.com/2012/07/nursery-felt-hot-air-ballon-mobile-tutorial-and-pattern/ If you’re not crafty you could also try finding a seamstress on Etsy and getting a quote.