DIY Baby Mobile

August 14th, 2013 :: 10 comments

Baby-Mobile1For quite a few months I searched for a baby mobile with the right colors and style and that felt 3D instead of 2D. I narrowed down my search to hot air balloons, because I’ve always loved traveling and I hoped a little of that curiosity would rub off on our daughter. I debated if I was being a bit overzealous in looking for the perfect mobile, but a lot of my concern was due to the fact that our little one would be looking up at this for the first couple months of her life. After a few months of searching, I came to the realization that I would never find a mobile that met all of my criteria. I then found the “How Joyful” blog, which gave step by step directions and a free pattern. I knew if I could work from that, I could add some of my own twists and details.

The first balloon was the toughest for me. I’ve never worked with felt or, for that matter, sewn anything other than a button on a shirt, but I really began to like the idea of creating something personal. I almost gave up after the first balloon though (the green and white one) when I noticed a few uneven stitches after three days of work. After a pep talk from my sister, I realized these imperfections could make it special, so the next four balloons were finished more quickly and confidently than the first.


Most of the materials I used were listed on How Joyful. She had a very straight forward list, along with the links to each tool on Amazon. I was, however, particular about the felt, which I bought from “Felt on the Fly.” There were an abundance of colors and the quality of the pure merino wool was fantastic. I didn’t know how great it was until I tried to buy regular felt from another store and found it transparent and difficult to cut.

I also knew that I wanted a different mobile base. Etsy is my favorite site for almost every project. Seven Acre Toys has lovely, high quality wood toys and mobiles. They were kind enough to sell me a great base, sans mobile.

After I gathered all my tools and materials I sketched a little to figure out color schemes. I wanted to find colors that would go with our Tiffany Mint Green nursery.


Baby-Mobile4I stitched everything by hand. A sewing machine would have made the process go much more quickly, but it wasn’t fully necessary.


I am so happy with how perfectly imperfect everything turned out. It’s a nice personal touch to our nursery.  Hopefully another mother or father will be inspired to give it a go for their little one.



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§ 10 Responses to DIY Baby Mobile"

  • Nicole Puritsky says:

    Ah yes. Just another benefit of being so creative, Joann…if all else fails, make it yourself! I love it!

  • Renae Jones says:

    Very cute! You did a great job!

  • Megan says:

    I just love it so much! It makes me want to do something like that when I have a little one of my own!

    • Joann says:

      Depending on how many little one’s I’m chasing around by that point, it may be a baby shower gift.

  • Debbie says:

    It looks beautiful. You are very creative.

  • AD says:

    That is the cutest mobile! Your daughter is very lucky to have you as a MOM, already!! I’ve been checking your blog weekly to see if there was anything new. Glad to see the finished mobile. I know you said you were working on it.
    Not too much longer till she’s here. Excited for you both! Take Good Care.

    • Joann says:

      That is sweet. I hope she likes it. We can’t believe we only have five more weeks to go. It’s scary, because we are trying to finish up so many things before she gets here and we are afraid of making mistakes, but at the same time we can barely wait.

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