We love making gifts to welcome a new baby, especially when they’re as sweet as this easy-sew moon and stars mobile. Designed to catch the attention of inquisitive eyes, this night sky display will keep little ones entertained by day and soothe them to sleep at bedtime. Pick similar felt shades for your version, or stay true to the stargazing experience with blues and greys.
When hanging this mobile in a nursery or young child’s bedroom, always make sure it’s kept well out of reach. Avoid suspending it over cot or crib, and always make sure it’s properly secured to the ceiling. Now you know all the basics lets get making your DIY kids mobile!
- Templates from Mollie Makes issue 76
- Mobile hanger
- Different coloured felt
- Metallic faux leather
- Matching sewing thread
- White embroidery thread
- Hot glue gun
- Soft toy stuffing
- Tapestry needle
DIY kids mobile
You Will Need
Using the templates, cut out all the pattern pieces – you’ll need two for each shape.
Pin the two felt pieces for your first shape together, aligning the edges. Sew around the outside, as close to the edge as possible, leaving a gap for stuffing as
Repeat Step 2 with your remaining felt shapes, then stuff each one to roughly the same thickness. To join the metallic faux leather stars, glue the pairs together with wrong sides facing.
To hang the shapes, you’ll need to suspend your mobile hanger from a shelf or similar to balance it. Tie a long length of embroidery thread from each of the four hanger arms, then thread the needle with the hanging end of one thread.
Using the main image as a guide, sew through the top of the shape that’ll sit nearest the mobile arm. You’ll only need to thread the needle through once or twice – enough to hold it in place, but loose enough so you can adjust its position on the thread if needed.
Continue adding the rest of the shapes in the same way, adding or taking away stuffing where necessary to keep the mobile level.
Once you’re happy with the positioning of the shapes, neatly sew the gaps on each one closed, checking each time to make sure the mobile is still balanced.
Firmly sew each shape in place, adding a tiny bead of hot glue where the hanging thread meets a shape. You can also glue the thread to the hanger arms to help secure it.
We hope you enjoyed making Melissa’s project. If you like this scrap-busting sewing project, you might also like our guide to How to make bunting. Or, if you’re up for a challenge, why not learn how to make balloon animals for beginners?
Melissa never thought her artistic family’s craft genes had passed down to her until she made a mobile for her daughter’s nursery. Her hobby quickly grew, and Melissa now sells her handmade designs worldwide.