When I was designing my baby’s nursery, I was looking for an elephant mobile, but couldn’t find any one that I liked. And believe me, I looked everywhere. Plus, mobiles can be so expensive- Etsy has some cute ones, but they are around $70-$100. When you’re buying strollers and diapers, who has the budget for a $100 mobile?! I didn’t. Finally I decided that I could just make what I wanted. It’s a little labor intensive, but very cute and so cheap! I had most of the supplies on hand, but even if you don’t, it’ll probably cost you less than $5! This is a super easy project that I promise you can do too!
- Needle (if you don’t own one, this pack on Amazon is $2)
- Thread (this is a really good variety pack for $1.75)
- Felt (4 colors- 1 for the moon, clouds, elephant body, and elephant ears)
- Baker’s Twine (for elephant tail)
- Batting (to stuff the moon, clouds, and elephant)
- Embroidery Hoop (to hang mobile)
- Free Printable- (see below)
cut out the pattern
Download the pattern above. Cut out the pattern and then pin the pattern pieces to the felt and cut the pieces out of the felt. Hint, on the clouds and elephants, I cut out the pattern on the fold, so you don’t have to sew close that portion
Use your needle and black thread (use 3 pieces- you can also use embroidery thread here) and stitch the eyes on the elephant. Then, stitch on the ears to elephant. Lastly, tack on the elephant tail. To stitch on the elephant ears and for the next step, I used the blanket stitch. If you don’t know how to do this stitch, it is SO easy. Below is a YouTube video so you can learn it in less than a minute
Stuff each piece and stitch closed
This takes a little patience as you have to stitch it closed a little bit (again, use the blanket stitch), fill it with batting, stitch it a little more closed, fill with more batting, and keep going until you have a little stuffed piece
Once you have all 6 pieces done, you can stitch them together. I used white string so it would disappear. I tied a knot, went through the bottom of the elephant, and then tied another knot so that the cloud or moon would stay a few inches above the elephant. I then used the access string and tied it to the embroidery hoop. I purposefully used three different lengths of string so the elephants were at different heights, which I thought would be cuter.
I put an eye-hook into the ceiling (I hammered in the end and then screwed in by hand the rest of the way). I then added three pieces of string to the top of the embroidery hoop so that it would hang level. Warning, this part is easier done with two people as it can be easy to tangle your elephants while you are trying to get it to hang level
Not too hard, right?! And you could use any shape and basically follow the same tutorial to make a custom mobile. Let me know if you have any questions. Your little one will love it! Thanks for visiting 🙂
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