This project has been designed by Little Miss Fancy Frocks – the dynamic mother-daughter duo who lovingly create handcrafted clothing for adults and children. Visit their Facebook page here.
Create this charming hand made felt animal mobile as a gift for a baby. It is made in felt and uses simple hand stitches to complete. An ideal craft project for keen crafters.
You will need…
Orange felt 25cm x 20cm
Beige felt 35cm x 35cm
Black felt 25cm x 20cm
White felt 15cm x 15cm
Pink felt 15cm x 15cm
(We used Fiesta Acrylic Felt from Hantex)
Sewing threads – black, white, beige, pink and orange
Black and white embroidery threads
2 metres of piping cord – size 0
1 circular hoop for hanging the mobile (you could use an embroidery hoop)
You will also need a sewing needle and a pair of scissors
Using the Baby Mobile Template provided cut out two pandas, two giraffes, two elephants and two tigers.
Use the checklist provided below for the animal features:
- Panda – 4 white circles (face and tummy), 4 black eyes, 2 black noses and 4 white inner ears
- Giraffe – 2 pink mouths, 4 pink inner ears, 4 black eyes, and 10 body splodges
- Elephant – 2 beige outer ears, 2 pink inner ears and 2 black eyes
- Tiger – 2 white mouths, 2 black noses, 4 black eyes, 4 white inner ears and 16 black stripes
Mark the mouths and eyes on the animal faces and the eyebrows on the elephant and the paws on the feet. Make sure you are doing it on reverse sides so both the sides that will be facing outwards have the details on.
TIP: you may find it useful to position the shapes on the animals as we have done above to ensure you have cut out the correct number of features.
Using single sewing thread and running stitch secure the mouth pieces to the panda, giraffe and tiger. Stitch the ears to the elephant.
Using 3 strands of embroidery thread stitch the paw and mouth details in chain stitch or straight stitch. Stitch the elephant eyebrows and lips in the same way.
Using single sewing thread stitch the eyes, ears and noses onto each animal shape.
Using single sewing thread stitch the stripes on the tiger and the splodges on the giraffe.
Tack the animal shapes together. Tacking will give you a neater edge to stitch the shapes together. Using loop stitch and single sewing thread stitch around the shapes leaving a small gap to lightly stuff them. Stitch the gap with loop stitch.
Using double sewing thread stitch through the top of each animal ready to attach to the hoop.
Cut 4 lengths of piping cord, each measuring 50cm, fold in half and attach to the hoop. Tie the cords together to complete the mobile.